Heritage River journeys
Biking and Hiking the Ganges
Departing Kolkata on a 7-night round trip after a tour of this vibrant city, full of history and culture with faded remnants of the British Raj, guests sail into the sunset towards Serampore and welcome the sunrise each morning with a yoga session on the sundeck.
On the first day up to 20 miles will be covered by bike and several more on foot discovering the former French colonial town of Chandernagore and its museum capturing artefacts from this era and the beautiful Sacred Heart Church. A full day in the saddle as the bike ride continues to the former Dutch settlement of Chinsurah. The next couple of days a total of six hours by bike reach Balagarh then onto the terracotta temples of Guptipara. On day four, a brisk 12-mile roundtrip morning cycle from Guptipara to Kalna known as “the city of temples” includes a visit to the Shiva temple complex and its many other terracotta archaeological remnants. There’s plenty of active walking over the next couple of days after the daily sunrise yoga session, visiting Matiari that revolves around its brass and copper industry and hiking through fields to reach the Char Bangla temple of Asimgani and the folklore of Baranagar.
There’s a great evening cultural programme and cooking demonstrations too. The final walking excursion is to Mayapur to see evening worship and 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. The voyage ends with an early morning sail back into Kolkata on day eight as guests watch the swirl of colour along the River Ganges during morning prayers.
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. Group transfers, land excursions and biking equipment are also included.
Departures can be booked for a minimum group of 20 passengers on the following dates:
15 – 22 September 2020
23 – 30 September 2020
7 – 14 March 2021
Price per person based on sharing a twin cabin from USD 3,990 and single occupancy from USD 4,990
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