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THE LOWER GANGES RIVER

7 NIGHTS FROM US$1,701.00 - MEMBERS FROM US$1,512.00
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There can be no river in the world as sacred as the Ganges and an expedition on the Lower Ganges or Hooghly is one of the prettiest river journeys imaginable. The river wends its way through the lush countryside of West Bengal with its culturally significant towns crammed with temples and palaces. A rich and vibrant rural life abounds and there is never a dull moment as we sedately ply this pleasant waterway.

A decade ago, for the first time since colonial times, Pandaw pioneered river expeditions in India. Since then we have depended on modern style and often impractically designed partnerships. We are now able to offer an original Pandaw ship, vastly more suited to river expeditions in the tropics and far more comfortable too.

There can be no better vessels to explore this rich tapestry than on a stately Pandaw vessel, currently the Pandaw fleet having seen service now in four countries. With staterooms offering, guest personal verandah space and indoor dining. 

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EXTENSIONS

PRE CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Exploring Kolkata 2 Nights Pre Tour

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India's Golden Triangle 6 Nights Pre Tour

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Delhi & Taj Mahal & Kolkata 4 Nights Pre Tour

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Ancient Kingdom of Bhutan & Kolkata Pre Tour 6 Nights

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Maharajas' Express - Luxury Train Journeys (on selected Ganges dates)

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Exploring Kolkata 1 Night Pre Tour

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POST CRUISE EXTENSIONS

Exploring Kolkata 2 Nights Post Tour

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India's Golden Triangle 6 Nights Post Tour

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Delhi & Taj Mahal 3 Nights Post Tour

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Kolkata & Ancient Kingdom of Bhutan 6 nights Post Tour

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Exploring Kolkata 1 Night Post Tour

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OPTIONAL PACKAGE ADDONS

Private Dining

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Pre-Bookable House Wine Package (India)

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Free Flow Drinks & Wine Package (India)

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Free Flow Drinks (India)

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 KOLKATA - BARRACKPORE

Transfer from the meeting point at the Oberoi Grand to embark and sail at noon. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore to land and take a walk through the cantonment - past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House.

DAY 2 KALNA

After breakfast sail upstream and 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 lesser shrines. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.

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DAY 3 MATIARI

Visit the brass-working village of Matiari, a charming riverside village. Interact with the locals of Matiari and witness the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Later, cruise on and visit the battlefield of Plassey where, 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 Murshidabad for the night.

DAY 4 MURSHIDABAD

This morning, 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. Continue a little way upstream to where the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace hosts an extensive collection of pictures, china, weapons and other objects. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the 'White Mughal' period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion. Moor overnight on the riverbank across from town.

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DAY 5 BARANAGAR - AJIMGANJ

Continue up the Hoogly which transforms into a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Morning walk through the fields of the delightfully sleepy village of Baranagar to visit its three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples. This is rural India at its most idyllic. Visit the Jain temples at Azimganj and the Bara Bari Palace and continue downstream.

DAY 6 MAYAPUR

Explore the village of Mayapur, the headquarters of the 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 pilgrims’ bazaar.

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DAY 7 CHANDERNAGORE - HOOGHLY

Sail to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, 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 Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. Sail into the night to a mooring near Kalna.

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DAY 8 DISEMBARK KOLKATA

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

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Transfer between meeting point Kolkata, Ship and drop off point Kolkata, entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes.

Cruise Price Excludes: Flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 KOLKATA - BARRACKPORE

Transfer from the meeting point at the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata to the port by coach to embark cruise.

Registration Details
Oberoi Grand Kolkata
Registration is at 10.00
15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata - 700 013
India
Tel: +91 33 2249 2323
HOTEL WEBSITE

Please arrive at meeting point no later than 10.00. Transfer will depart 10.30.

DAY 8 DISEMBARK KOLKATA

Transfer to Kolkata airport or the Oberoi Grand hotel.

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TRAVEL BLOGS

The Ganges: A Celestial River

By Dr Donald M Stadtner Much time and energy in the 19th century went to discovering the sources of the world's great rivers . Much publici.... read more

 

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Cruising Ganges with Pandaw: A New Way To See India

29 Aug 2018 - article by Paul from ontravel.com

 

Pandaw Expands Cruise Offerings in India

17 Jul 2018 - article by Newsdesk on Travel Agent Central

 

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