Arrive in the imperial city of Delhi and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Enjoy a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi which includes drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, walk through the bustling lanes of Chandni Chowk and visit to Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence)and end the tour with a visit to Qutab Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Drive to Agra. (205 km/ approx. 4 hours). On arrival in Agra, check into your hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon, enjoy visit to the world renowned Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the Taj Mahal has always evoked varying emotions from wonder to ecstasy and often times, inspired poetic verse. View Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River, proceed to visit Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. End the tour with visit to Kohinoor for a display of Mughal era jewellery and visit to a workshop to witness marble inlay work demonstration (B)
Drive to Jaipur (260 km / approx. 7 hours), en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri – the beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar and the ancient town of Abhaneri to visit the ancient step-well. On arrival in Jaipur, check into the hotel. Evening is free for individual activities. (B)
Proceed for a tour of the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort, en route taking a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal, a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade. Located at the top of a hill, Amber Fort offers spectacular view of the old town below, where Akbar stopped en route on his annual pilgrimage to Ajmer. Continue to Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, to observe the consuming and exhausting method of hand-block printing in entirety, from carving of wooden blocks to transformation of raw fabric into a piece of art.
Afternoon, enjoy the city tour including a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of Mughals and Rajput and the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory. The evening is free to browse around the colourful bazaars of visit the renowned textile stores with a specialist. (B)
River Cruise Journey starts. This morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Kolkata. Upon arrival, embark on to the Ganges Voyager ship and enjoy lunch on board. The afternoon excursion includes a visit to the Mother Teresa House and Tomb. Mother Teresa started the missionary of charity in 1952, then lived and worked here until her death in 1997. The permanent exhibition includes a visit to her personal room, and see her charity that is still active. Continue by foot to her orphanage, Sishu Bhaban (children's home), where one of the Sisters will lead us on a tour. Later, return to the ship for a relaxing welcome reception, dinner and a cultural performance. (B,L,D)
Embark on an early-morning city tour, featuring a panoramic view of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata: Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor's House), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, Reserve Bank of India and Dalhousie Square. The day continues with a visit to St. John's Church, the oldest Anglican church in Kolkata. Visit the Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artefacts in India. Return to the Ganges Voyager for lunch and begin your journey upstream. The river ship sails through areas where various European settlers had established East Indian companies, leaving many remnants of their settlements from the 17th through 19th centuries. Later in the day, take an excursion boat to the shore of Bandel.
Visit the Hoogly Imambara, one of the famous Shiya pilgrimage centers in West Bengal, built in 1841 by haji Mohammad Mahasin. The structure contains a victorian-era clock with a winding key weighing 20kg. (B,L,D)
This morning, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city centre of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, with the highest concentration of temples in the region. Bengal's mixture of temple architecture includes the Nabakailas temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 eight slope-roofed temples – 74 in the outer circle here and another 34 making an inner circle. Another complex features diverse architecture, including the Pratepeshwar Temple, built in 1849. Terra cotta plaques depict themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga, and various aspects of day-to-day life in the region. Other temples on the site include Lalji temple, the oldest in the complex and Krishnachandra temple . (B, L, D)
You may visit the early morning shore-side bazaar. Matiari is known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations. The master craftsmen utilize recycled copper to create exquisite pots, platters etc from their workshops in the village. Continue your journey upstream. Sail past the battlefield of Plassey. (B, L, D)
This morning, visit the charming village of Khushbagh, passing through scenic fields to arrive to the well-preserved mosque complex. After an on-board breakfast and morning sail, visit the village of Baranagar. A lovely example of life in rural India, this village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century. Return to the ship for lunch and sail downstream.
Pass by charming countryside villages filled during the afternoon to arrive at Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem along the Ganges with dramatic whitewashed colonial era structures. Visit the Hazarduari Palace, which has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors, and is filled with colonial era antiques, artwork and manuscripts. Opposite to the palace is a vast Imambara – built by the Nawab for Muslim worship. Take a scenic ride by local buggy to the Katra mosque. In the evening, return for dinner and local cultural performance on-board. (B, L, D)
After a restful morning, observing the local life along the riverbanks, stop in the village of Mayapur. Experience the fascinating culture of these followers and their ornate, colourful decorated statues of Krishna. (B, L, D)
Begin the day in Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. Explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French Governor's residence (now converted to a museum, featuring an exhibition of items that depict life during this period). Continue to visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore and an old French bakery still baking fresh baguettes daily. Return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata. (B, L, Farewell Dinner)
Disembarkation. After breakfast, disembark the vessel.
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- 5 night’s hotel twin share hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast basis.
- 7 nights twin share accommodation at Signature Suite on Ganges Voyager Cruise with all meals included on board
- Port charges.
- Services of English Speaking accompanying escort
- Entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary.
- All transfers, sightseeing’s & excursions are by air-conditioned Coach apart from while on cruise.
- Airfare for the sector Jaipur/Kolkata in economy class.
- Arrival/departure transfers.
- Road taxes, parking, fuel charges, interstate taxes.
- Delhi – Hotel Eros (Guest Room)
- Agra – Courtyard by Mariott (Deluxe Room)
- Jaipur – Trident (Deluxe Room)
- Kolkata - Cruise Ganges Voyage 1 – Signature Suite