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India River Cruises

Brahmaputra River Cruises:

Brahmaputra cruises feature visits and attractions such as wildlife viewing, village walks, visits to tea gardens, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances, and visits to craft workshops.

Click below to view Cruise itineraries :
Day 1: Kolkatta

This morning, you will be collected from your hotel to embark the ship by 11 am. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. After the visit, reboard your cruise and start sailing, leaving urban sprawl behind.

Day 2: Kolkatta - Kalna

Sail upstream and, after breakfast, land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world. Sail downstream as dusk falls to a mooring near Kalna.

Day 3: Kalna - Kolkatta

This morning, sail downstream and visit a saree-weaving village before continuing to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950, to visit the 18th century church as well as Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India. Later, sail on down to Kolkata.

Day 4: Kolkatta

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to airport or hotel in Central Kolkata.

Tour Price Per Person: From US$ 1020 on double sharing basis

Sr. No Month Date
1 March 2024 14 to 17
2 March 2024 17 to 20
3 April 2024 4 to 7
4 April 2024 7 to 10
5 April 2024 25 to 28
6 November 2024 11 to 14
7 November 2024 28 to 1
8 December 2024 1 to 4
9 December 2024 19 to 22
10 December 2024 23 to 26
11 January 2025 27 to 30
12 March 2025 27 to 30
13 March 2025 30 to 2
14 April 2025 17 to 20
15 April 2025 20 to 23

Price Includes:

  • All accommodation.
  • All excursions and entry fees.
  • All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full board.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide onboard and during excursions.

Price Excludes:

  • Drinks from the bar.
  • Laundry.
  • Tips, camera fees.
  • Insurance.
  • Telephone charges.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • GST and any other taxes that may be applicable.
Day 1: Guwahati - Sualkuchi

Meet at Guwahati airport and embark your ship by mid-afternoon. Enjoy lunch while cruising downstream to the little town of Sualkuchi, where the clatter of looms gives a clue to the town’s industry. Post-lunch, walk through the village and visit its silk-weaving workshops and observe the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars (a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of Assamese women).

Overnight on onboard.

Day 2: Sualkuchi - Pandu

This morning cruise upstream and disembark at Pandu docks for a short sightseeing tour of Guwahati. Drive up Nilachal Hill to the holy Kamakhya temple, though with its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to content themselves with its exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery and a shop selling local crafts. Cross by country boat to the mid-stream Peacock Island with its population of Golden Langurs before reboarding and cruising past Kurua on the north bank.

Overnight on board.

Day 3: Pandu - Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Today cruise upstream past jungle-covered hills and turn into the Mayong River. Then take a country boat for a kilometre or two to the roadhead from where you’ll be driven to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

This small park has a dense population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros and it would be unlucky to not spot some of these armoured beasts on a jeep safari around the park. Those departing today are picked up from the park and driven for 4 ½ hrs to Kaziranga National Park.

Return to the ship in the afternoon and cruise to a riverside village, which you can explore on foot. Later, sail downstream to spend the last night close to Kurua.

Overnight on board.

Day 4: Kurua - Pandu Port

Cruise down to Pandu port. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Guwahati Airport for your departure.

Tour Price Per Person: From US$ 1455 on double sharing basis

Sr. No Month Date
1 March 2024 12 to 15
2 November 2024 19 to 22
3 December 2024 17 to 20
4 January 2025 14 to 17
5 February 2025 11 to 14
6 March 2025 11 to 14

Price Includes:

  • All accommodation.
  • All excursions and entry fees.
  • All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full board.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide onboard and during excursions.

Price Excludes:

  • Drinks from the bar.
  • Laundry.
  • Tips, camera fees.
  • Insurance.
  • Telephone charges.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • GST and any other taxes that may be applicable.
Ganges River Cruises:

Antara Luxury River Cruises

Encompassing luxury in every nook and corner, the river cruises by Antara are designed to make sure you have a most enthralling journey on the Ganges. From comfortable suite accommodation to high-end amenities, the cruisers are equipped with everything you might need while sailing.

The epitome of elegance and luxury, the Ganges Voyager offers travel experiences beyond a regular journey. This meticulously carved 8-day itinerary will take you through some of the most beautiful destinations from Kolkata. Come on board and have a memorable journey!

Click below to view Cruise itineraries :

Route: Kolkata - Bandel - Kalna - Matiari - Khushbagh - Baranagar - Murshidabad - Mayapur - Chandernagore - Kolkata

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata, Embarkation

Morning embark the ship at the Jetty in Kolkata and enjoy lunch on board.

This afternoon, visit Mother Teresa’s home and tomb (closed on Thursdays). Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, then lived and worked here until her death in 1997. Visit her personal room, learn her life story and see her charity that is still active.

Optional: Continue by foot a short distance to her orphanage, Sishu Bhawan (Children's Home), where one of the sisters will lead you on a tour.

Return to the ship. Enjoy a cultural performance by Baul musicians, whose music represents a long heritage of preaching mysticism through songs in Bengal. The Baul tradition has been included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Overnight onboard.

Day 2: Kolkata - Bandel - Kalna

Breakfast. Go on an early-morning city tour, featuring a Panoramic Tour of the well-preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata. Visit St. John's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata, built in 1756. It houses the oldest functioning pipe organ in India and several tombs of British Generals who died during the Siege of Kolkata in 1756. Visit the imposing Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artifacts in India.

Sail upstream to Bandel, founded by Portuguese settlers who built the Church and a Monastery around 1660. Afternoon, visit the Hooghly Imambara, one of the famous Shia pilgrimage centres built in 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin. The structure contains a Victorian-era clock with a winding key weighing 20kg. Large Persian chandeliers and lamps light the Imambara's stunning hallways and passages. Sail to Kalna.

Overnight on board.

Day 3: Kalna - Matiari

Breakfast. This morning enjoy a rickshaw ride to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex, which has the highest concentration of temples in the region. Visit the Nabakailas Temple, which contains 108 eight slope-roofed shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other temples in the complex feature diverse architecture and terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sri Chaitanya, images of Durga, and more. Also visit a local weaver’s home to see the traditional weaving of fine Muslin cloth.

Return to the ship walking through the local market and sail on to arrive at the shore-side village of Matiari.

Overnight onboard.

Day 4: Matiari - Khushbagh

Breakfast. Early this morning enjoy a walk in the village to see craftsmen manufacturing beautiful, handcrafted brass items, utilizing traditional methods passed down for generations.

Sail to the village of Plassey, site of the famous battlefield, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of South Asia for the next 190 years.

Early evening, visit Khushbagh, a charming riverside village surrounded by scenic fields. Walk through farmland to visit the peaceful Khush Bagh, the Moghul-style Garden built by Nawab Ali-Wardi-Khan. The complex houses his family's private mosque and the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal Siraj-ud-Daula.

Overnight on board.

Day 5: Khushbagh – Baranagar – Murshidabad

Breakfast. Sail to the sleepy village of Baranagar and take a walk to experience rural India at its most idyllic. This village is home to several temples dating from the 18th century. The Char Bangla temple here is among the best examples of Bengal terra cotta art.

Once you're back on board, unwind as the ship glides along the Lower Ganges to arrive at Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem with dramatic white washed colonial era structures. Visit the Hazarduari Palace (closed on Fridays), on the waterfront, built by an English architect, McLeod Duncan, in the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors, and is filled with colonial era antiques, artwork and manuscripts. Opposite, is a vast Imambara built by the Nawab for worship. Ride the local buggy (horse cart) to the Katra mosque built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad – Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724-25.

Overnight onboard.

Day 6: Murshidabad – Mayapur

Breakfast. After a restful morning, stop in Mayapur village, known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) and considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Mayapur is also the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.

Overnight onboard.

Day 7: Mayapur – Chandernagore – Kolkata

Breakfast. Morning sail to Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673 which became a permanent French settlement in 1688. Explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor's residence, now converted into the Dupleix Museum (closed on Thursdays & Saturdays) exhibiting items that depict life during this period.

Also visit the Sacred Heart Church, designed by French Architect Jacques Duchatz and inaugurated in 1884. It stands for over two centuries to mark the beauty of French architecture. Return to the ship and continue downstream to Kolkata.

Overnight on board.

Day 8: Kolkata Disembark

Following breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer for your onward journey.

Cruise Dates:

Year of Sailing 2024
Month Date
March 21, 30
September 13
October 1
November 1
December 29
Year of Sailing 2025
Month Date
January 23
February 22
March 12
April 15

Cruise Price Per Person:

Category Double Single
Signature Suite US$ 2958 US$ 4437
Colonial Suite US$ 3204 US$ 4806
Heritage Suite US$ 3451 US$ 5176
Viceroy Suite US$ 3944 US$ 5915
Maharaja Suite US$ 4437 US$ 6655
Mandatory Charges
Waterways/Jetty Passenger service Fee US$ 175

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation for 7 nights onboard.
  • Luxury honeycomb spa robes with slippers.
  • All-natural spa-quality bath amenities.
  • In-room electronic safe & individual climate control.
  • High quality linens with duvet and premium mattresses.
  • Bottled water replenished daily.
  • Welcome flower arrangement & fresh fruit upon arrival.
  • Complimentary wireless internet in all public areas.
  • Make-up mirror & hair dryer.
  • Alarm clock & multi-configuration plugs.
  • Generous closet space and under-bed storage.
  • Flat screen LCD television with movie system.
  • Mini Bar.
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in premium suites Heritage, Viceroy and Maharaja.

Additional Amenities for Maharaja & Viceroy Suite Guests:

Butler Service to Include:
  • Nightly turndown service.
  • Assistance with pillow menu selection.
  • Presentation of spa-quality bath amenities.
  • Entertainment system assistance.
  • Ensures accommodations are immaculate.
  • Polish and condition shoes upon request.
  • Refreshes ice bucket.
  • Prepare and pack luggage upon request.

Complimentary Excursion Amenities:

  • Transfers to/from Jetty for embarkation/disembarkation.
  • Shore excursion program series including all admissions.
  • Shoe cleaning after excursions.
  • Welcome drink and cold towel service following excursions.
  • Individual VOX listening devices throughout cruise shore excursion program.
  • Maximum 20-24 guests per guide on all excursions.
  • Private motor coach on all excursions where applicable.

Included Dining & Entertainment:

  • Expertly trained culinary team providing buffet breakfast, buffet lunch & seated multiple course dinner.
  • Special meal requests like vegan, gluten/lactose free etc. can be arranged with advance information.
  • Complimentary Indian brand mineral water, tea, coffee, fruit juices & soft drinks.
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, movie shows and ship tour.
  • Welcome & Farewell receptions.
  • Spacious air-conditioned lounge.
  • Indoor board games and books to read in the lounge.
  • Gym facilities.

Price Excludes:

  • Taxes GST, subject to revision.
  • Waterways/Jetty passenger service fees.
  • Airfare to/from destination.
  • Specialty coffees, wines, beer & spirits.
  • Shipboard gratuities.
  • All incidentals.

Note:

  • Please check with us for the definite operation of all the above cruises 90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
  • The itinerary maybe readjusted due to local conditions and days of the week, to avoid closure of monuments/museums. Last minute sailing adjustments may also 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.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Sails Every Monday & Friday

Day 1: Varanasi - Embarkation: 12 pm (L/D)

Varanasi is considered the holiest city in Hinduism and Jainism. It also played an important role in the development of Buddhism. In the evening ride the country boat to the Dashashwamedh Ghat to see the "Ganga Aarti" performed by a group of priests lined up on the riverbank chanting mantras and performing the prayer ritual with lamps, incense, and traditional instruments to honor the river.

Dinner & overnight on-board Bengal Ganga.

Day 2: Varanasi - Cruising Downstream (B/L/D)

After breakfast stroll in the Vishwanath Gali (street) and experience the hustle and bustle of devotees and roadside vendors. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple for "Darshan" and offering prayers to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city. Return to the ship by midday and cruise downstream, viewing the countryside and enjoying lunch onboard.

Dinner & overnight onboard Bengal Ganga.

Day 3: Varanasi - Cruising Upstream (B/L/D)

After breakfast sail upstream towards Varanasi, arriving by midday at Ravidas Ghat. Post lunch visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Visit the local bazaar to shop for the famous "Banarasi" silk, muslin, perfumes, and other handicrafts that Varanasi is famous for.

Dinner & overnight onboard Bengal Ganga.

Day 4: Varanasi - Disembarkation time: 8 am

After breakfast disembark the ship and transfer for your onward journey.

Important Note:

  • The itinerary may be readjusted due to local conditions and days of the week, to avoid closure of monuments/museums. Last-minute sailing adjustments may also occur. The onboard tour staff will announce or post the exact time for each activity.
  • The letters in parentheses indicate the included meal of the day B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.
  • As per government restrictions in Varanasi, liquor and non-vegetarian food will not be served onboard.
  • Satellite phones & drone cameras are not allowed in Varanasi, please ensure the same, while traveling.

Please check with us for prices.

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