: R26450
Plan ahead & combine two river cruising tours along the famous Ganges River for 15 days so you don’t have to worry about missing anything. Get unpacked & comfortable in your cabin once & then relax & enjoy the journey from Patna to Kolkata. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, check out sixth-century rock carvings, take breathtaking photos of the Jain temple in the middle of a lake at Pawapuri, & sail through local villages to see historical battlegrounds, terracotta temples, & the Katgola palace. Experience India in a way only river cruising can show you.

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Starting fromR26 450
Package ValiditySet departure dates: 03 NOV 2016 & 29 DEC 2016.  *** Book & pay by 31 JUL 2016 & SAVE 30%, discount already included in the price ***
Duration14 nights
Starts inPatna
Ends inKolkata

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- Arrival transfer
- 1 night twin share comfort hotel accommodation
- 13 nights accommodation on-board Varuna riverboat
- 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 13 dinners
- All transport to/from included activities & between destinations
- Assistance of a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
- Visit Pirpahar Hill & Sitakund Hot Springs, Sultanganj, Mansion & silk-weaving village, Bateshwar Temple, 8th-century Buddhist stupa ruins & monastery, Rajmahal, Baranagar village & temple, Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque, Nashipara & Katgola palaces, Battlefield of Plassey, Brassworking village of Matiari, Hare Krishna temple, Shiva temple, Imambara, Chandannagar & Barrackpore
- Patna city tour
- Rickshaw ride to a Mughal fort & the East India Company cemetery (Munger)
- Full day excursion to Malda
- Cycle rickshaw excursion to the Khushbagh
- Cycle rickshaw excursion to terracotta temples (Kalna)


** Allow USD55-75 for meals not included. Drinks & tips on board not included.


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Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

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Enjoy a free day to explore Patna before a 4pm embarkation.

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Enjoy a morning tour of Patna, visiting the extraordinary 18th-century Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, & the State Museum. Continue on by ship, passing near the old East India Company opium warehouses & cruise down to moor for the evening at Barh.

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Enjoy an excursion to the excavated Buddhist monastery & stupa at Nalanda, with a visit to the adjoining museum. After, visit the Pawapuri Jain temple, situated in the middle of a lake. Return to the vessel & continue to the bridge at Mokama, where earlier the famous naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing.

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Sail down to Munger. Take a rickshaw ride through the town to view the remnants of a Mughal fort & the East India Company cemetery. Visit the bazaars with the locals before exploring Pirpahar Hill & Sitakund Hot Springs. Continuing walking through the village &  fields before getting back on-board. Continue on to anchor near Jehangira Island at Sultanganj, a pilgrimage spot with early Hindu carvings in the rock.

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Spend the morning sailing a stretch of the river where South Asian river dolphins may be seen to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Visit a mansion & silk-weaving village. Continue on close to the island shrine at Colganj, boasting Hindu & Buddhist cave temples. Visit Bateshwar Temple with 6th-century Hindu carvings, & the nearby ruins of an 8th-century Buddhist stupa & monastery at Vikramshila. Anchor for the night near the confluence with the Kosi River coming down from Nepal.

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Bhāgalpur/Farakka Barrage

Sail downstream to Rajmahal, a village offering both points of interest & fantastic local atmosphere. Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent much of his youth here. Explore the remains of palaces, forts, & mosques submerged in vegetation before continuing on down to the Farakka Barrage.

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Farakka Barrage/Farakka

Continue on to Farakka & set off for a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus &  14th-century Muslims. Rejoin the ship in the evening.

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Sail down the canal to Jangipur. In the afternoon, explore this small country town on foot.

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Sail down the Hooghly River en route to the small village of Baranagar. Walk through the fields to reach the terracotta temples & get a taste of rural Indian life. Continue to Murshidabad to visit the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings – the Nashipara Palace & the Katgola Palace.

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This morning, travel by cycle rickshaw to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden. Continue on the river past Berhampur, to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey & opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa for the night.

{tab Day 12}


Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Later continue to Mayapur with a visit to the Hare Krishna temple. Enjoy a few of the older temples & see a giant banyan tree.

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Explore the country town of Kalna. Take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples & visit a Shiva temple. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery. After, take cyclos to the Imambara before reboarding the vessel.

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Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Barrackpore. Disembark for a walking tour around the main sights.

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Cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark. Transfer to central Kolkata or the airport. Tour ends on arrival.

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