Save £350 on selected Oct and Nov 2020 departures
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* No single supplement valid for the 7 night cruise portion only
Places Visited: Kolkata, Barrackpore, Kalna, Matiari, Murshidabad, Baranagar, Ajimganj, Mayapur, Chandernagore, Rajbari Bawli
The Pandaw cruise company are old friends of TransIndus, and we absolutely love this ground-breaking cruise they’ve devised for the Lower Ganges in West Bengal. Beginning in the region’s capital, Kolkata (Calcutta), it traces a winding course north along the Hooghly (a tributary of the Ganges) via a string of largely forgotten colonial ports and market towns. Rather than famous landmarks, the itinerary emphasizes authentic rural life, yielding a vivid sense of the varied and fascinating commerce, industries and culture revolving around what once a thriving trade artery.
Every day features a visit by cycle or auto-rickshaw to a different market town or village, often miles off the tourist trail and the site of remarkable monuments, from quintessentially Bengali ‘terracotta temples’ to decaying old British, French and Dutch mansions. Along the way, you’ll learn about local crafts, explore fascinating religious sites and generally soak up the atmosphere of off-beat India – all from the luxurious base of Pandaw’s colonial-style river cruiser, the RV Kalaw.
Bookending the cruise will be stays in Kolkata itself, initially in the opulent, five-star Oberoi Grand, and at the end of the trip in a delightful heritage property outside the city, where you’ll be able to experience the Ganges Delta region as it would have appeared to the region’s first European traders three or more centuries ago.