Trip Overview

Trip Overview

  • Visit Jaipur’s Amber Fort and the breathtaking Taj Mahal.
  • Step back in time in the traditional village of Sāwarda.
  • Spend six days cruising the sacred Ganges, discovering villages, palaces, and historic settlements.
  • Ride a bicycle rickshaw to explore the terra-cotta temple complex at Kalna.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Combine two incredible adventures—a highlights tour of India plus a cruise on the mighty Ganges River—in one extraordinary experience. Our unique 16-day itinerary takes in the lively rush of Delhi, the tranquility of the Taj Mahal, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace. From land to sea, immerse yourself in India and all its glory.

This trip is offered in partnership with
G Adventures.

Day 1: Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.
Day 2: Delhi/Āgra
Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Utkarsh Vilas (or similar)
Day 3: Āgra
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Utkarsh Vilas (or similar)
Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Libra (or similar)
Day 5: Jaipur
Explore the "Pink City," known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs, and traditions of India.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Hotel Libra (or similar)
Day 6: Jaipur/Sāwarda
Drive to the rural village of Sawarda where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Walk and meet with locals and explore how urbanization affects village life, modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Sawarda Palace (or similar)
Day 7: Sāwarda/Delhi
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Day 8: Delhi/Calcutta
Fly to Kolkata and transfer to your hotel.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:The HHI Kolkata (or similar)
Day 9: Calcutta/Bārākpur
Transfer to the boat and once on board, explore the riverboat and settle in. As the trip gets underway, sail up past the old Danish colony of Serampore, and head out to explore Barrackpore.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Bārākpur/Kālna
Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery and the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Moor near Kalna for the night.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Kālna/Matiari
Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see the terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Later, explore Mayapur, with its skyline dominated by the vast ISKCON temple. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Matiari/Murshidābād
Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Continue on the river to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey and opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Murshidābād
Explore the Khushbagh this morning, a peaceful Moghul-style garden housing several tombs. Continue a little way upstream to Murshidabad to visit Hazarduari Palace and Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings — the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Murshidābād/Farakka
Explore the rural village of Baranagar and walk through farmers' fields to visit three miniature terracotta temples. Continue up the river and take in the scenery as you cruise to a mooring near the Farakka Barrage.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Farakka
Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims, including mosques and palaces. Rejoin the boat in the evening.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16: Farakka/Calcutta
Transfer to Farakka station at dawn to catch the morning train and journey back to Kolkata. Tour ends on arrival in Kolkata.
Meals Included:Breakfast