Exotic Heritage group
Contrasts of India
Explore the rich history of the Ganges on board the RV Bengal Ganga, visiting temples, monuments & palaces that grew over the generations of commodity trade along the river, regions where the European powers vied for power.
Continue your discovery of India with a journey to Kanha National Park, inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, where indigenous tribes, virgin forests & rolling landscapes harbour tiger, deer & many other natural attractions in secretive pristine abundance.
Exotic Heritage Group have introduced this wonderful promotional combination offer departing 2020 on 14th January, 24th March and 1st April which includes 7 nights cruising the Ganges and 4 nights at the Bagh Kanha.
Departing from Kolkata there are land excursions to the Indian Botanic Garden with its famed collection of orchids, bamboos, palms and renowned Great Banyan Tree which features in the Guinness Book of Records, as well as a panoramic tour of all the well preserved British colonial buildings, the oldest Anglican Church in the city and the Victoria Memorial Museum. Some highlights over the next few days take in the Basilica of the Holy Rosary and Hooghly Imambara in Bandel, the breathtaking temple town of Kalna by rickshaw, on to Mayapur to take in the impressive headquarters of the ISKCON temple which was funded by Alfred B Ford, the great grandson of the car manufacturer Henry Ford and on day 6 a visit to the terracotta temples of Guptipara. A short sail across to the opposite riverbank is the weaving village of Fulia and the following day is spent discovering the former French colonial town of Chandernagore and its museum capturing artefacts from this era and the beautiful Sacred Heart Church.
Recently refurbished, the RV Bengal Ganga was built in the year 2004 and designed as a replica of the colonial style ‘Clyde’ steamers with shining teak and brass lined state rooms opening onto sitting areas in front of each room to watch the colourful life on the Ganges unfold. The 28 state rooms ensure relaxed luxury and true comfort. The two Premier corner suites on the upper deck enjoy large window balconies with a full view of the flowing water and surrounding landscape. There’s an elegantly designed lounge and dining room crowned with a spacious sundeck where daily yoga takes place and refreshments are served. Meals are included, each a culinary celebration of locally sourced ingredients and there’s a Wellness Menu option too. All soft drinks are included, as are Indian brand beer and wine with lunch and dinner.
All the transfers are included and a short flight to Raipur with a four-hour drive to The Bagh Kanha allows time for an afternoon nature trail with a trained naturalist to learn about the abundant flora and fauna. Game viewing by jeep starts early the next morning in the enormous Kanha National Park, set on the Chhota Nagpur Plateau which participates in ‘Project Tiger’ conservation group. Forest, grassland, meadows and rivers support an incredible variety of wildlife including swamp deer, black buck, cheetah, Indian bison, barking deer, sambhar, leopard and of course tiger. The afternoon is for guests to stroll through the tribal village surrounded by fields of rice, sugarcane and other seasonal crops. The next two days are all about the outstanding game viewing before flying out from Raipur to New Delhi.
With all meals, local drinks on board Bengal Ganga, domestic flights, group transfers, land excursions, cooking classes, educational talks and cultural performances, jeep hire and national park entry included, this is a wonderfully tailored experience worth booking.
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