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PANDAW RIVER CRUISE - THE UPPER GANGES RIVER

PANDAW RIVER CRUISE - THE UPPER GANGES RIVER

15 Days / 14 Nights : KOLKATA, KALNA, MATIARI, MURSHIDABAD, FARAKKA, BATESHWARSTHAN, BHAGLAPUR, SULTANGANJ, MUNGER, MOKAMA, BARH, NALANDA, VARANASI

Description

In 2019 we inaugurated an 'all Ganges' voyage of one thousand miles from Kolkata to Varanasi. Due to the challenges of navigation and the obstruction of numerous pontoon bridges it has been decided to sail as far as Patna and then overland to Varanasi.
The sailing does though cover the best of the Ganges from the colonial splendours of Kolkotta, through the enchanting rural arcadia of West Bengal along the Hoogly and the great expanse of the Ganga itself with its pristine bird and wildlife and cultural treasures dotted along the banks. Though in the days of the British Raj paddle steamers plied this route on a regular basis, with the advent of the railways in India river navigation was abandoned and the rivers were allowed to silt up. Now thanks to a multi-million dollar investment from the Indian Government channels have been dredged and buoyed and hi tech GPS based aids installed enabling seasonal navigation.
Varanasi, said to be the oldest inhabited city on the planet is the most sacred city of Hinduism and a place of overwhelming beauty at the same time poignantly moving with its cremation ghats. Varanasi is surely the goal of any 'passage to India' and at the other end of the holy river stands Kolkata, in all its Raj-like magnificence. Between lies several of the most important Buddhist sites including Sarnath, Nalanda and Bodh Gaya and cities great and small and between urban centres and great pilgrim sites are expanses of empty river teeming with bird life, not to mention the Gangeatic dolphin.
No vessel could be more appropriate for a voyage on 'All the Ganges' than our ultra shallow draft Pandaw K class ships that can reach as far as Patna from where passengers will travel overland to Gaya for a night and then on to Varanasi for two nights making this sailing eleven nights on board and three nights in best available hotels.
Important Notice:
The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.
Please Note:
This itinerary passes through the state of Bihar. In this state it is illegal to serve any drinks containing alcohol. For this reason we will not be able to serve alcohol onboard the ship while in the state of Bihar. This will affect the Upstream itinerary from day 6 until the afternoon of day 12 and for the Downstream itinerary from day 3 until the afternoon of day 9.
 

What's Include

  • Breakfast
  • Meeting & assistance
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing
  • Taxes
  • Traditional welcome on arrival
  • Free surprise gift on departure
  • Driver allowance, toll, tax, parking
  • Hotel accommodation in superior hotels
  • Transportation with driver including fuel

What's Exclude

  • Any Air / Train Fare
  • Entrances
  • Guide Services
  • Extra & personal nature
  • Any other services not mentioned above
  • Supplement applicable for the New Year / Christmas period

Schedule

DAY 1 : KOLKATA

DAY 2 : KALNA

DAY 3 : MATIARI

DAY 4 : MURSHIDABAD

DAY 5 : FARAKKA

DAY 6 : BATESHWARSTHAN

DAY 7 : BHAGLAPUR

DAY 8 : SULTANGANJ

DAY 9 : MUNGER

DAY 10 : MOKAMA

DAY 11 : BARH

DAY 12 : NALANDA - DISEMBARK SHIP

DAY 13 : VARANASI

DAY 14 : VARANASI

DAY 15 : DEPART VARANASI



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