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GANGES RIVER ENCOMPASSED

PATNA TO KOLKATA

14 nights onboard Varuna

Included in the price:

• Arrival transfer

• Variety of excursions in each

port including: Hare Krishna

temple visit, Rickshaw ride to a

Mughal fort, Shiva temple visit

and many more

• All meals on board Varuna:

14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L),

13 dinners (D)

• Experience guide throughout

the voyage

• All transport to/from included

activities and between

destinations

14 NIGHTS PRICES FROM

£2099*

PER PERSON

G-ADVENTURES

Beyond-the-highway access. A relaxed pace. Profound connections. Amazing views that change every day.

That's the G Adventures difference.

YOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1, Patna - Arrive at any time. Arrival

transfer included.

Day 2, Patna - Enjoy a free day to explore

Patna before a 4pm embarkation. (BLD)

Day 3, Patna/Bārh - Enjoy a morning tour of

Patna, visiting the extraordinary 18th-century

Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, and

the State Museum. Continue on by ship,

passing near the old East India Company

opium warehouses and cruise down to moor

for the evening at Barh. (BLD)

Day 4, Bārh/Mokāma - Enjoy an excursion to

the excavated Buddhist monastery and 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

Various departures

from October to December 2016

Prices from £2099pp*

*Based on 6th October 2016. Price excludes flights,

available at a supplement. Beverages and gratuities on

board are not included. Please ask staff for full details.

WHY G-ADVENTURES

G-Adventures have been providing

small group adventure travel for

over 20 years! G Adventures are an

adventure travel pioneer offering the

planet's most awe-inspiring selection of

affordable small-group tours, safaris and

expeditions. These award-winning trips

embrace authentic accommodation,

exotic cuisine and local transport to put

travellers on a first-name basis with the

planet's people, cultures, landscapes

and wildlife.

THE GANGES RIVER

Heading down the Ganges aboard

a riverboat and discovering wonders

you never knew existed is the best way

to get the most out of this fascinating

country. The River Ganges is sacred to

Hindus and virtually essential to the

everyday life of millions of people, the

Ganges is arguably the most important

river in the world. An ancient highway

that connected kingdoms, its shores

are lined with majestic palaces, historic

battlegrounds, and remote villages that

offer up a slice of Indian life you won't

find in the big cities.

YOUR SHIP: VARUNA

Designed specifically to navigate the

twists and turns of the Ganges, the

Varuna opens up a whole new side of

India to travellers. A roomy 40m (130

ft) of floating comfort with a spacious

balcony and great sightlines, she's the

perfect ambassador to India's most

celebrated waterway. Carrying just 24

passengers in 12 cabins, this unique

riverboat is small enough to get to the

remote ports that other river ships can

only imagine.

vessel and continue to the bridge at Mokama,

where earlier the famous naturalist Jim Corbett

spent his working life overseeing the ferry

crossing. (BLD)

Day 5, Mokāma/Sultānganj - Sail down to

Munger. Take a rickshaw ride through the town

to view the remnants of a Mughal fort and the

East India Company cemetery. Visit the bazaars

with the locals before exploring Pirpahar Hill

and Sitakund Hot Springs. Continuing walking

through the village and fields before getting

back on board. Continue on to anchor near

Jehangira Island at Sultānganj, a pilgrimage spot

with early Hindu carvings in the rock. (BLD)

Day 6, Sultānganj/Bhāgalpur - 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 and silk-weaving village. Continue

on close to the island shrine at Colganj, boasting

Hindu and Buddhist cave temples. Visit

Bateshwar Temple with 6th-century Hindu carvings,

and the nearby ruins of an 8th-century

Buddhist stupa and monastery at Vikramshila.

Anchor for the night near the confluence with

the Kosi River coming down from Nepal. (BLD)

Day 7, Bhāgalpur/Farakka - Barrage Sail

downstream to Rajmahal, a village offering

both points of interest and fantastic local

atmosphere. Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj

Mahal, spent much of his youth here. Explore

the remains of palaces, forts, and mosques

submerged in vegetation before continuing on

down to the Farakka Barrage. (BLD)

Day 8, Farakka Barrage/Farakka - Continue on

to Farakka and 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 12thcentury

Hindus and 14th-century Muslims.

Rejoin the ship in the evening. (BLD)

Day 9, Farakka/Jangipur - Sail down the canal

to Jangipur. In the afternoon, explore this small

country town on foot. (BLD)

Day 10, Jangipur/Murshidābād - Sail down the

Hooghly River en route to the small village of

Baranagar. Walk through the fields to reach

the terracotta temples and get a taste of rural

Indian life. Continue to Murshidābād to visit

the Nawab's great Hazarduari Palace. Visit

the Katra Mosque before driving to two 18thcentury

buildings - the Nashipara Palace and

the Katgola Palace. (BLD)

Day 11, Murshidābād/Matiari - 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 and opt to walk

to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a

mooring near Katwa for the night. (BLD)

Day 12, Matiari/Māyāpur - Start the day

with a visit to the brass working village of

Matiari to witness their ancient techniques.

Later continue to Māyāpur with a visit to the

Hare Krishna temple. Enjoy a few of the older

temples and see a giant banyan tree. (BLD)

Day 13, Māyāpur/Chunchura - Explore the

country town of Kalna. Take cycle rickshaws

to see a group of some of Bengal's most

attractive terracotta temples and visit a Shiva

temple. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the

historic Dutch cemetery. After, take cyclos to

the Imambara before reboarding the vessel.

(BLD)

Day 14, Chunchura/Bārākpur - Sail to

Chandannagar, a former French possession, to

explore. Continue to Barrackpore. Disembark

for a walking tour around the main sights.

(BLD)

Day 15, Bārākpur/Kolkata - Cruise under the

Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark.

Transfer to central Kolkata or the airport.

Tour ends on arrival. (B)

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