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Varanasi to Kolkatta Cruise: 15 Days


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Destinations Covered: Varanasi–Buxar –Patna–Nalanda–Bodhgaya–Buxar–Munger–Baitswardhan–Malda–Farrakka Barrage–Murshidabad–Katwa–Mayapur–Shantipur–Kalna–Chandannagar–Barrakpore/Serampore–Kolkatta
Highlights: Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Katkauli Ka Maidan, Sher Sahi, Excavations & remains of Patliputra, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Munger fort, Bihar School of Yoga, Bateswarsthan, Vikram Shila, Farrakka Barrage, Katra mosque & Katgola Gardens, Nizamat Khila, Magical Mayapur, Kansari Artisans, Weavers Colony, Terracotta Temples, Ex French Colony, Cultural programmes ans much more.
Arrival & Departure Point: Varanasi (VNS) & Kolkatta (CCU)
Embarkation: Varanasi (VNS), Uttar Pradesh
Disembarkation: Kolkata (CCU), West Bangal
Duration: 14 Nights & 15 Days
Facilities on board: 12 Luxury cabins of 165 sq. ft., 20 Deluxe cabins of 135 sq. ft., Each cabin has twin or double bed, en suite shower and toilet, Intercom facilities, Tea/coffee maker, air-conditioners, Ample Reading material, Emergency kit including torches, caps and umbrellas which will help you in Jungle trail. Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Bar, Open air Gym, SPA & Massage facilities, Library with many rare books, Conference Room, Music System, Navigational and communication Systems : Mini SATCOM, Radio, Telephone VHF, Eco Sounder, Radar. The vessel also has life saving and fire fighting appliances on board like Life Jacket, Life Buoys, Life Rafts, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Pumps with hoses & Nozzles, Fire buckets and Life Boat also on board.
Itinerary:
 
Day 1: 
Check in as per your conveniences. Excursion of Ghats in the evening. During the welcome Dinner on board, there will be a safety briefing, introduction to the crew and short brief about the cruise programme.
Day 2: Tour of Varanasi
Commonly known as Benaras and Kashi is probably the oldest city of India and regarded holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. People often refer to Varanasi as “the city of Temples”, “The holy city of India”, “the religious capital of India”, “the city of lights”, and “the city of learning”. Whatever be the name, it draws millions to the Banks of River Ganges here and shows the essence of how “Incredible India” is. Temples: Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple. Evening: Watch the aarti – Evening prayer to the River Ganga with lights. Free for shopping in Varanasi. Overnight onboard.
Day 3: 
Sail through the day without excursion. Entire day relax with various on board activities while the cruiser stream ahead. Watch the lush rural country side pass by. Overnight on board with Evening entertainments, Captain’s Night.
Day 4: 
Sail through the day. Entire day relax with various onboard activities while the cruiser negotiates the meandering river. Watch the lush rural country side pass by. Time permitting the guest will disembark at Buxar-Katkauli Ka Maidan is a major sightseeing attraction in the township of Buxar, which witnessed Battle of Buxar in 1764. and Buxar Fort. Night onboard with Evening entertainments: Film Show – the River Ganges.
Day 5: 
On arrival spent the day exploring Patna. Visit Sher Sahi, the heavy doomed built by Afghan Ruler Sher Shah in 1545, is the oldest mosque in Patna. Golghar, huge building shaped like a beehive, constructed in 1786 as a granary to store surpluses against possible famines. Kumrahar Excavations, the remains of Patliputra, the ancient capital of Ajatasatru (491-459 BC ), Chandragupta (311-297 BC ) and Ashoka ( 274-237 BC have been uncovered. After Noon Disembark for a overnight trip to Bodhgaya. This is an interesting and important for all Buddhist and Hindus. The guests on overnight excursion to Bodhgaya will embark at Simaria next day after Lunch at Nalanda. Those who wish to stay on board spend a relaxing day with lot onboard activities or continue exploring Patna. Night onboard with evening entertainments. Quiet dinner for those who need.
Day 6: The cruiser sails down to Bahr for a day visit to Nalanda. The guests on overnight excursion, will explore Bodhgaya until 11 am. Thereafter procced by road to Nalanda and meet the group over Lunch. By the evening return to the Cruiser at Simaria.
 
Bodh Gaya: This is the place where Lord Buddha attained his enlightment under the Bodhi tree. Mahabodhi Temple having 25 mtr great statue in the Japanese Kamakura style. Nalanda:
The Nalanda University was built in 5th century BC and is recorded as the earliest university of world. It is spread over an area of 14 hectares and has been built with red bricks in the Kushana architectural style.
Night onboard with light Music.
Day 7: 
After Breakfast visit Munger Fort, built on a rocky hillock on the south bank of the Ganga River. The fort houses a number of religious and historic monuments such as the Tomb of Pir Shah Nufa (died 1497), Palace of Shah Suja, Tomb of Mulla Muhammad Said (died 1704 AD), the Kashtaharini Ghat on the Ganges River, Chandisthana (an ancient temple) and an 18th century British cemetery
Bihar school of Yoga: This also called is a spiritual lighthouse, illuminating, revealing and teaching the ancient wisdom of yoga for the benefit of people across the globe. It is a unique place of spiritual retreat, wherein the modern aspirant or devotee can recharge and recreate his being, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Night onboard with cultural entertainments and candle light dinner
Day 8: 
After Breakfast disembark at Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila. It is built by Bengal King Dharmapala in 8th Century. The Monastery gradually gained importance and became a center for Tantric Buddhism. Night onboard with cultural programmes and Dinner.
Day 9: 
Depending upon the arrival, visit Gour at Malda town will be before or after crossing farakka lock gate. If the cruise arrives in the morning, after crossing the Farakka lock, disembark to visit Gaur at Malda. If she arrives by afternoon we will be pass the farakka lock next morning. Vist Gour located 25 km from river side, has major historical significance, as it was the capital of Bengal for several centuries. Tourists can explore the remnants of the historical sites dotting the region. Packed Lunch will be served. Gaur has a number of monuments like Small Golden Mosque, Bara Darwaza, Dakhil Darwaza, Firoz Minar, Kadam Rasut Mosque, and the Tomb of Saint Makhdum Shaikh Ached Siraj.
The Farakka Barrage is the longest barrage in the world and has recently been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. It has 108 gates and it is from here the water is shared between India and Bangladesh. Night onboard and dine with Indian Music.
Day 10: 
Arrive at Murshidabad. Explore the city at leisure. Your cruiser will be anchored here today. Murshidabad is one of the oldest cities of West Bengal and has a rich heritage. The Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan made Murshidabad the capital city of Sube bangla, comprising of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. It was the last capital of independent Nawabs of Bengal and the first capital of Bengal under the British.
Visit Nizamat Kila (the Fortress of the Nawabs), also known as the Hazaarduari Palace (Palace of a Thousand Doors), built by Duncan McLeod of the Bengal Engineers in 1867, in the Italianate style.
Next visit to Katra mosque & Katgola Gardens: Katgola, the palace garden of Raja Dhanpar Singh Dugar and Lakshmipat Singh Dugar and their famous Adinath Temple were built in 1873, by Harreck Chand. A typically Jain style of ornamentation lends a unique beauty to this Jain temple. Dinner onboard with folk dance.
Day 11: Katwa & Mayapur
After Breakfast disembark at a village where every house make brass utensils.  Matihari-Visit the Kansari artisans at Matiari. Kansari artisans make brass and bell metal utensils. Evening visit Mayapur and watch devotees from all over the earth prayung, singing and dancing in sheer devotion.
The Magical Mayapur – Located on the banks of Ganges, 130 Km North of Kolkata across the Ganga River from the city of Navadvipa, amidst the rich paddy fields & lush greenery, Mayapur is situated in central whorl of nine islands of Navadvipa, which is of the form of nine petaled golden lotus. Now, Mayapur is well known as one of major Spiritual Tourist destination with over a million visitors walk in through this spiritual city gates ,obsessed by the ambiance of the surroundings, marvelous temple structure, elaborate deity worship, divine music & enjoying a soulful experience. Night on board with Folk Music & dinner bowl, one string instrument music of the nomadic singers of Bengal.
Day 12: 
After Breakfast visit the weaver colony at Phulia / Shantipur, famous for fine Bengal cotton known as Tant. Shop at the Cooperative stores for fine cotton stoles, Sarees, Dhotis. Cross the river and after a short ride visit the Terracotta Temples and Rajbari at Kalna as per the guest convenience. Kalna, more popularly known as Ambika Kalna, named after a very popular Deity of Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika.
 
Terrakota Temples: Nava Kailash or 108 Shiv Mandirs, built in 1809 of terracota is a beautiful architecture. The temple also houses the Rajbari Palace. Night onboard, Rabindra Nitrya– A Dance Drama composed by Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. And dinner.
Day 13: Chandannagar & Barrackpore 
Stream to Chandannagar and visit the Ex-French colony. The city was French colony from 1673 to 1952. Even though the city was under the possession of the English in 1757 and in 1794, it was restored to the French. 18th century mansion of the French administrator now houses the Institute de Chandannagar with a library, a French Language school, and a museum of documents, antiques, and art and sculpture. After Lunch, Visit either Barrackpore or Serampore. Barrackpore, a British Cantonement was the country residence of the Viceroy in Office. Serampore was a Danish colony till 1805. The Church, Museum, cemetery and the college have been preserved as a part of heritage. Night onboard, dinner and Bengal Classical Dance.
Day 14: 
Arrive at Kolkata early morning on a day when entire city is lit up, Explore the city during the day and at night watch the deities being immersed in the river. Night on board.
Day 15: 
Early morning check out as per your onward connection.
The Package Includes: 
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis,
  • All meals,
  • Tours with English speaking guides,
  • Shore excursions by a smaller vessel,
  • Evening Entertainments,
  • Free use of onboard Gymnasium & Library,
  • Permit, all land & water transports and other Entry Fees,
  • And all taxes & service charges.
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