A land of many cultures and rich traditions, India is a visual delight for her visitors. Each of its diverse regions is the product of its deep-rooted past. This 8 day voyage is a round trip to and from Kolkata via Kalna, Chandernagore and other prominent cities. Our luxurious vessel will add more stars to your experience, leaving you with fond memories.
RV Bengal Ganga
DAY 1 – Embark at Kolkata
Upon arrival in Kolkata, guests will be transferred to the ship. This will be followed by lunch and a cultural performance in the evening.
DAY 2 – Kolkata tour - Chandernagore
The day begins with a panoramic tour of Kolkata, exploring the city’s major tourist landmarks such as Writer's Building, High Court, Raj Bhawan and Council House. Next, we visit Kolkata’s oldest church, St. John's Church and Victoria Memorial Museum, which has relicts of colonial era. We then head to Chandernagore, which has many European settlements.
DAY 3 – Chandernagore - Mayapur
We visit Chandernagore, the colony established by the French in 1673. A trading post was built here after Ibrahim Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal conceded. This will entail a visit to the former French governor's residence and other buildings along the promenade. We then head to Sacred Heart Church and after returning, we proceed to Mayapur.
DAY 4 – Mayapur - Matiari
The birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and the incarnation of Lord Krishna, Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple. It is an impressive temple funded by Alfred B. Ford, the grandson of the man who introduced assembly-line production, Henry Ford. After meeting Lord Krishna’s disciples and visiting the pilgrim’s bazaar, we board the ship and sail towards Matiari.
DAY 5 – Matiari - Murshidabad
In the village of Matiari, you will be greeted by the sounds of thumping of metal. This can be attributed to the fact that this village is famous for its brass and copper work. You can pick a few souvenirs for your folks here. This will be followed by returning to the ship and departing to Murshidabad.
DAY 6 – Murshidabad - Kalna
In the morning, horse carts transport you to Katra Mosque, Murshidabad’s oldest mosque. It was built by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan. This will be followed by a trip to the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah in the Greek “Doric” style. Facing an Imambara, it houses a wide collection of antiques. We then sail to Kalna.
DAY 7 – Kalna - Kolkata
We begin the day with a refreshing rickshaw ride through the lanes of Kalna. Offer prayers at Rajbari Temple Complex - Pratapeshwar and eight slope-roofed Nabakailas - which borrow elements from mosques. After this, we board the ship and moor for the night.
DAY 8 – Disembark at Kolkata
Disembark the ship after breakfast. Depart for the airport or your onward destination.
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