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India River Cruise: The Holy Ganges

12 days, Calcutta to Varanasi

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Cruise the storied waters of the Ganges River on a 12-day adventure. By riverboat and on land, soak up the immense power of this vital waterway as you sail to picturesque local villages and see stunning temples and palaces. Cap off the experience with a four-day land excursion to the city of Varanasi, considered by many to be the spiritual capital of India.

12 days - Calcutta to Varanasi

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Cruise the storied waters of the Ganges River on a 12-day adventure. By riverboat and on land, soak up the immense power of this vital waterway as you sail to picturesque local villages and see stunning temples and palaces. Cap off the experience with a four-day land excursion to the city of Varanasi, considered by many to be the spiritual capital of India.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 24.

Age requirement: 18+

Visa Requirements

12 days - Calcutta to Varanasi

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: AHLKNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Everyone from pilgrims and politicians to socialites and sadhus flock to the [Ganges} river’s banks to pray, bathe, or merely admire its power. .”—Author and photographer Peter McBride, National Geographic Proof

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Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Calcutta

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel. Arrival transfer included.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 2Calcutta/Farakka

Catch a train from Kolkata to Farakka and embark on the riverboat this afternoon.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Farakka/Manihāri Ghāt

Sail upstream to Rajmahal, a village with a fantastic local atmosphere. Explore the remains of palaces, forts, and mosques submerged in vegetation before sailing on as far as Manihari Ghat.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Manihāri Ghāt/Kahalgaon

Cruise upriver to idyllic Bateshwar and visit 6th century rock carvings. Afterwards, drive a short distance to the impressive ruins of a Buddhist monastery at Vikramshila.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Kahalgaon/Sultānganj

Keep an eye out for South Asian river dolphins this morning as you sail to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Visit a mansion and silk-weaving village. Continue on to Jehangira Island and enjoy an excursion to view ancient Hindu rock carvings.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Sultānganj/Sita Kund

Sail to Munger and take a rickshaw ride through the town to view the remnants of a Mughal fort and an East India Company cemetery. Visit the local bazaar, Pirpahar Hill, and Sitakund hot springs. Walk through the village and fields before getting back on board.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Sita Kund/Bārh

This morning pass under the great bridge at Mokama, where the naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing. Stop to visit a bankside village and stretch your legs. Cruise on to Barh and moor for the evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Bārh/Patna

Enjoy a full day excursion to Nalanda. Visit an excavated Buddhist monastery and stupa, and the picturesque Jain temple at Pawapuri. Continue to Patna and reboard the boat for the night.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Patna/Bodh Gaya

Disembark and discover Patna on a morning tour visiting the Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, and the State Museum. Afterwards, transfer to the small town of Bodh Gaya to explore the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meet with a monk to discuss the history of the area and visit the spot where the Buddha found enlightenment.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Explore Mahabodhi Temple Complex and Meet with a Monk

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Bodh Gaya/Varanasi

Drive to Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city. This afternoon, enjoy a lecture at the Ghats of the Ganges by a Research Scholar from Benaras Hindu University, and talk about the river's significance spiritually, socially, economically and politically. After, embark on a boat trip on the sacred Ganges at sunset. Enjoy a candle and flower ceremony accompanied by sitar and tabla playing, and observe an evening aarti (prayer) ceremony.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Ganges River Talk

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Varanasi

Rise early for a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges to observe the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. After, have breakfast at Open Hand, a vocational training cafe and one of G Adventures' grassroots partners. Learn about this social enterprise whose mission is to provide dignified and meaningful job opportunities to underprivileged people in India. This afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath, a pilgrimage site where it is said the Buddha preached his first sermon.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Breakfast at Open Hand Project

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Varanasi

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Explore Mahabodhi Temple Complex and Meet with a Monk, Bodh Gaya
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Ganges River Talk, Varanasi
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Breakfast at Open Hand Project, Varanasi
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Arrival transfer
  • Excursion to Rajmahal
  • Visit Bateshwar and Vikramshila Buddhist Monastery
  • Visit Jehangira Island
  • Rickshaw excursion to Monghyr
  • Explore Nalanda Buddhist Monastery and museum
  • Visit Pawapuri Lake and a Jain temple
  • Patna city tour
  • Orientation walk of Varanasi
  • Sunset and sunrise boat trips on the Ganges River
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (4 nts), riverboat (7 nts).

Meals

12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Allow USD135-175 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Transportation

Riverboat, minibus, train, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

India River Cruise: The Holy Ganges

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