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  Places Visited: Farakka, Bhaglapur, Sultanganj, Munger, Mokama, Barh, Patna, Varanasi

For the first time Pandaw guests will be able to explore the diverse and beautiful Ganges River between Varanasi and Farakka on this new 7 night itinerary. Sailing through the state of Bihar, this splendid journey takes travellers along one of the prettiest sections of the Ganges where Gangeatic dolphins and a host of birdlife and wildlife roam.

Explore the many villages, pilgrimage sites and handicraft havens along the banks of the Upper Ganges as you sail gently aboard Pandaw's specially crafted river vessels. With train tickets included between Kolkata and Farakka and Patna and Varanasi, said to be one of the oldest inhabited cities on the planet, there is no better way to explore the wonders of India than with Pandaw.

This itinerary passes through the state of Bihar, where it is illegal to serve any drinks containing alcohol. For this reason no alcohol will be served onboard the ship.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1

On arrival in Kolkata, you'll be met by a TransIndus representative and escorted to your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from the journey, perhaps venturing out to the College Street Coffee House as an acclimatiser.

One of our favourite places to get accustomed to the city's distinctive ambience is the College Street Coffee House on Bankim Chatterjee Street - a popular hangout for Bengali intellectuals and artists. Grab a table under one of the paddle fans, order a dosa and masala chai from one of the turbaned waiters and you'll soon be drawn in to the local 'adda', or chit-chat.

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Day 2
Kolkata, Farakka

Join your Pandaw ship in the afternoon following your train journey from Kolkata. Be welcomed aboard your Pandaw by our crew and enjoy evening entertainment onboard before cocktails and dinner.

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Day 3

We sail up the mighty Ganges river toward the confluence with the Koshi river. Stop along the way for a short village walk and enjoy our onboard entertainment.

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Day 4
Bhaglapur, Sultanganj

We sail early morning toward Bhaglapur, a hub of silk production. We witness the silk weaving and explore this small town before returning to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Sultanganj with its pair of great granite rocks, one crowned with a mosque and the other a small temple dating from the 16th century.

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Day 5

Munger is now a large and industrialised city but has an interesting history. In 1762, Mir Qasim, the Nawab of Bengal, shifted his capital from Murshidabad to Munger, and established a firearms manufacturing centre here. Explore the Mughal fort, East India Company cemetery and step inside the Bihar School of Yoga founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswati. One of the leading yoga schools in the country. The institution has developed yogic techniques through a synthesis of traditional yogic, vedantic and tantric practices and contemporary health science.

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Day 6

Stop at Mokama, once home to Jim Corbett the naturalist and protector of the Indian tigers. Surrounded by farmlands, Mokama has the second hightest production of lentils in the country. Learn about the freedom fighters from Mokama such as Lalldin Saheb, whose during the freedom struggle was sentenced to jail during the British rule.

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Day 7

Explore Barh, a town famous for Hindu ritual cremation at Urmanath and the Alakhnath Temple.

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Day 8

Enjoy a city tour of Patna, capital of Bihar state including a visit to The Golghar, a large stupa styled granary built in 1786. Farewell dinner with your crew.

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Day 9
Patna, Varanasi, Delhi

Disembark your Pandaw vessel and transfer to Patna station for your 1st class train to Varanasi. Upon arrival to Varanasi, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi where you'll be met by a TransIndus representative and taken to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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Day 10
Delhi, UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £4625 per person

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation on the cruise, 1 night in Kolkata and 1 night in Delhi
  • All internal transportation and transfers
  • English-speaking guides
  • Breakfast daily in Kolkata and Delhi, all meals on the Pandaw cruise
  • Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in the tour itinerary

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