River expedition company Pandaw has developed an exclusive 16-night The Holy Ganges and The Hooghly Rivers itinerary for October 2015.
Staring on 27 October, the cruise will take place onboard the 22-suite ship Rajmahal and enable guests to explore various areas of the region, from the Ghats at Varanasi to Kolkata.
Guests will visit the holy Dasaswamedh Ghat steps at sunset for the Varanasi Ganga Aarti spiritual ceremony and enjoy a three-night land programme. They will then rejoin the ship at Sujata Kuti to visit the Sikh temples and Buddhist monasteries along the banks of the Ganges River. Guests will also visit the famous bridge at Mokameh before sailing onto the Rajmahal Hills, the childhood home of Shah Jehan, who built the Taj Mahal.
As the RV Rajmahal enters the Hooghly River, guests will be able to enjoy daily excursions to the Katra Mosque and the Nashipara and Katgola Palaces, built in 18th century Georgian style. In Kalna, cycle rickshaws will take guests to some of Bengal’s terracotta temples, as well as the Shiva temple, before they travel to the historic city of Kolkata.
“Pandaw was one of the founders of river cruising in India and we are pleased to once again offer cruises on one of the most fascinating and historically-interesting rivers in the world,” said Hugh Clayson, Pandaw’s commercial director.
Pandaw will also offer pre- and post-expedition extensions in Delhi, India, which will include a day trip to the Taj Mahal, and Kolkata.