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GANGES RIVER

The Ganges River is the 34th longest river in the world at 2,620km, flowing down through the Himalays to form the Gangetic Plain of North India eventually to discharge into the Bay of Bengal through Bangladesh. The Hooghly river connects the Ganges river to Calcutta with a ship lock as part of the Farraka Barrage that diverts water away from Bangladesh. The Ganges river is the cradle of Indian civilisation and is sacred to Hindus. To bathe in the waters of the “Holy Ganga” is a form of purification, and to be cremated at the Ghats [stepped riverside terraces] of Varanasi the ambition of every living Hindu. The river was used for navigation in British colonial times with steamer services between Calcutta, Patna and even further upriver. Massive irrigation schemes later diverted waters and the construction of railways, and later roads with low bridges effectively killed river transportation and the navigation channels silted up.

In recent years much has been done to improve navigation and Patna can be reached year-round and at certain times Varanasi too. A river cruise on the Ganges river is really the only sensible way to see India avoiding now-congested roads and all the other inconveniences of travel today in India. There is much to see along the way – historically, culturally and for bird and wild life. This is a river that offers rich experiences.

River Cruise Expeditions

River Cruise itinerary for Ganges & Brahmaputra

Ganges & Brahmaputra

Kolkata - Guwahati - Jorhat

15 nights

from US$5255

River Cruise itinerary for Ganges & Brahmaputra
River Cruise itinerary for Ganges River & Andaman Islands

Ganges River & Andaman Islands

Farakka - Kolkata - Port Blair - Diglipur - Port Blair

14 nights

from US$6712

River Cruise itinerary for Ganges River & Andaman Islands
River Cruise itinerary for The Upper Ganges River

The Upper Ganges River

Kolkata - Varanasi

Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates

14 nights

from US$4671
members from US$4152

River Cruise itinerary for The Upper Ganges River
River Cruise itinerary for The Lower Ganges River

The Lower Ganges River

Kolkata - Farakka

Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates

7 nights

from US$1701
members from US$1512

River Cruise itinerary for The Lower Ganges River

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Travel Blogs

Read our collection of interesting travel blogs for the areas we cruise through, from news to historic blogs.

River Cruise Stops

 

Chandernagore

Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673, when the French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the Nawab of Bengal, to establis....

 

Gaur

Gaur is a ruined city on the India-Bangladesh border.....

 

Guwahati

Guwahati; Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam, Gauhati in the modern era — is an ancient urban area, largest city of state, region, major metropoli....

 

Jorhat

Jorhat is one of the major cities of Assam. Jorhat was the first town of the Greater Assam installing electricity supply in 1923. The first aero....

 

Kalna

The town is more popularly known as Ambika Kalna, named after a very popular deity, Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika. It has numerous historical monumen....

 

Katwa

A market town with narrow bustling bazaars.....

 

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park ho....

 

Kolkata

Kolkata also known historically in English as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hoogh....

 

Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar

Majuli or Majoli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India. Majuli is the largest river island in the world.....

 

Mayapur

Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river.....

 

Murshidabad

Murshidabad is a city in Murshidabad district of West Bengal state in India. The city of Murshidabad is located on the southern bank of the Bhag....

 

Sailing towards Silghat

Silghat is a town located on the southern banks of the Brahmaputra, in Nagaon district, Assam. It is 48 km northeast of Nagaon. Major points of ....

 

Silghat

Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate ....

 

Towards Majuli

Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to cr....

River Cruise Ships

MY Andaman Explorer river cruise ship

The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her orig....

RV Indochina Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Orient and Bassac, the IP was built in Vietnam in 2009 and transferred over to Burma in 2011. The ship has quality mountain bikes ....

RV Katha Pandaw river cruise ship

This was a radical new design, based on the old K class used in Burma from the 1880s on. This ship is the third Katha to run on the Irrawaddy. T....

RV Orient Pandaw river cruise ship

The first ship we built in Vietnam in 2008, the OP has seen service in five countries now – Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysian Borneo and now Burma. W....

Ganges River Climate

Ganges River climate chart

Optional Extensions

Ancient Kingdom Of Bhutan  5 Nights

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan,....

Ancient Kingdom of Bhutan & Kolkata  6 Nights

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan....

Delhi & Taj Mahal & Kolkata 4 Nights

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World’s greatest monume....

Delhi & Taj Mahal 3 Night

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World’s greatest monume....

Delhi & Taj Mahal 3 Nights

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850's British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World's greatest monume....

Delhi City & Taj Mahal 3 Night

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World’s greatest monume....

Exploring Kolkata 2 Night

Kolkata is locally regarded as India’s cultural capital and where India and British Raj collide. Visit the city’s highlights before or after the....

Exploring Kolkata 2 Nights

Kolkata is locally regarded as India’s cultural capital and where India and British Raj collide. Visit the city’s highlights before or after the....

India's Golden Triangle 6 Night

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to combine a fabulous 7-night cruise and a 6-night tour of the Golden Triangle visiting most p....

India's Golden Triangle 6 Nights

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to combine a fabulous 7-night cruise exploring lower Ganges and a 6-night tour of the Golden T....

Kolkata & Ancient Kingdom Of Bhutan 6 Night

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan,....

Kolkata & Ancient Kingdom of Bhutan 6 nights

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan,....

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

Pandaw has selected three Maharajas Express Train Journeys which line up with a Pandaw departures on the Lower Ganges River including pre/post h....

The Golden Triangle 6 Night

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to combine a fabulous 7-night cruise and a 6-night tour of the Golden Triangle visiting most p....

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