West Bengal River Cruise Vacation Package

7 Nights & 8 Days
West Bengal . Imambara, Khushbagh, Baranagar Cruise

West Bengal is a land of vibrant culture, rich history, and stunning natural beauty. On this tour, you'll experience the state's picturesque countryside and vibrant river life along the Hooghly River. This tour can be customized to meet your needs.


Day 1: Arrival
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel to embark your ship by midday. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore. Step out and take a walk through the cantonment – past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House – to get a better understanding of India’s journey to independence. Return back to the cruise and sail up to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. An overnight stay at the cruise.

Day 2: Visit Imambara
Chandernagore

Chandernagore

Today, visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Quran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. Sail downstream past fine waterfront buildings and moor at Chandernagore for an overnight stay.


Day 3: Visit ISKCON
ISKCON, Mayapur

Mayapur

Wake up and get ready for a sightseeing tour of Kolkata today. Continue on down to the country town of Kalna. 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. Then, continue on through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline. Seek blessings from the almighty. Further, make your way back to the cruise for an overnight stay.


Day 4: Visit Matiari Village

The day is reserved for visiting the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Later, return to the cruise, sail on and visit the battlefield of Plassey. In 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, to change the course of Indian history. Moor close to Khushbagh and stay overnight.


Day 5: Walk at Khushbagh
Murshidabad

Murshidabad

On morning of Day 5, walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughal-style garden that encloses the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah – the last independent Nawab of Bengal – and his family. Further, return back to the ship and continue a little way upstream to where the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque before driving out to see the Kathgola Palace. Moor on the riverbank across from town and overnight stay at the cruise.


Day 6: Walk through Baranagar

Today, the cruise will take you towards the sleepy village of Baranagar with three miniature terracotta temples. Walk through the fields to visit these temples. Seek blessings from the almighty. Post temples, make your way back to the cruise and sail down past Azimganj, boasting some fine riverside mansions, to Murshidabad. Here the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. A charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Moor close to the Farrakpur barrage and an overnight stay at the cruise.


Day 7: Excursion to Gaur

On Day 7, disembark and go on a full-day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda, or English Bazar. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities. There are plentiful remains of mosques, palaces and gateways.

Later, travel on through the town of Malda to Pandua where you will visit the great 14th century Adina Mosque before returning to Farakka. Further, return to your ship for an overnight stay.


Day 8: Departure

This is the last day of Bengal Despatch 1 Historic Lower Ganges Cruise Tour, bid adios and transfer to Farakka station in the morning for a train journey to Kolkata.

The Historic Lower Ganges Cruise Tour from Kolkata to Farakka offers a luxurious journey along the Ganges River. During the tour, you can explore the sites along its banks. You can witness India’s history and magnificence through this tour. This adventure includes nature and wildlife experiences, making it suitable for all ages. Luxury amenities are provided on board to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. For more information about this trip, check out our itinerary.

Trip Highlights

  • Marvel at the mosques and palaces
  • Excursion at Gaur
  • Visit Baranagar Village
  • Seek blessings at ISKCON Temple
  • Explore Chandernagore
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