Overview

Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Kolkata
Day 3 - Farakka/Cruise Start
Day 4 - Gaur
Day 5 - Barangar/Murshidabad
Day 6 - Khushbagh/Katwa
Day 7 - Matiari/Mayapur
Day 8 - Kalna
Day 9 - Chandernagore/ Barrackpore
Day 10 - Kolkata
Day 11 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Along the Banks of the Hoogly
Downstream Cruise

A unique and original cruise through rural India along the River Hoogly between Calcutta and English Bazaar

Much has been written about the British love affair with India, with books ranging from M.M. Kaye’s ‘The Far Pavilions’ to William Dalrymple’s ‘White Mughals’. This love affair manifests itself in many ways; the rhythm of tranquil days in rural communities, ancient temples and cities, medieval towns and palaces. All these and more can be found in this unique cruise of some 250 miles through rural countryside away from the tourist trail, affording the less common opportunity to observe Indian life from the comfort of a charming small river vessel.

The River Hoogly, once an artery for the jute trade and East India Company between Calcutta and the Ganges, had no long distance passenger vessels since 1850 with the advent of the railway but does reveal nowadays interesting local passenger and cargo vessels and ferries.

Discover monuments from the East India Company, the Mughals and one of India’s most romantic places – the ancient capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, Murshidabad, now a village, its mansions, mosques and tombs surrounded by rice paddies and mango orchards. 

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive Sailing 
(RV Sukapha)
Free Cabin Selection
Excursions Included
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 24

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from your chosen airport to Kolkata via Dubai.

Day 2 A busy waterway in Kolkata and India’s only major riverine port; it assumes an almost backwater feel the further it gets from the city, hemmed by rural life and rarely visited ruins. Visit the Jain temple, college street, book market and take a tram ride. Welcome drink, dinner and overnight at the 5-star heritage Oberoi Grand hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. (D)

Day 3 By train to Farakka (6 hrs). Embark on the RV Sukapha or RV Rajmahal for a seven-night cruise. (B, D)

Day 4 Full-day excursion to Gaur, close to the English Bazaar (now the town of Malda), once one of India’s great cities, which has many mosques and palace remains. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Sail down the Hoogly proper to Baranagar. Continue to Murshidabad to visit the Nawab’s Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque and the 18th century palaces of Nashipara and Katgola. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Walk to Khushbagh, a Moghul-style garden. Cruise to the battlefield of Plassey, where in 1757, Clive of India defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, to visit the obelisk. Moor near Katwa. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the brass-working village of Matiari and the temples of Mayapur. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail to Kalna. Travel to the terracotta temples by rickshaws. Visit Imambara on the outskirts of Kolkata. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail to Chandernagore and visit its museum and sail past the Dutch settlement of Chinsura. At Barrackpore, walk through the cantonment past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Sail on under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata. Overnight in Kolkata. Drive around colonial Calcutta and visit Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square and St. John’s Church. (B)

Day 11 Return flight to your chosen airport via Dubai. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

The upstream itinerary operates in reverse and has an extra night in Kolkata. 

2019

Wednesday
per person in a twin room
Upper Deck cabin (RV Sukapha)
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
December 18 £2595

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin room
Upper Deck cabin (RV Sukapha)
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
January 29 £2395
October 7 £2395
November 18 £2595

2021

Wednesday
per person in a twin room
Main Deck cabin (RV Rajmahal)
Emirates from Heathrow or Gatwick

Date Price
February 16 £2895
April 13 £2495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £495

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £295 (RV Sukapha nil)
Double for sole use £995 (RV Sukapha)
Double for sole use £1290 (RV Rajmahal)

Flight Options

London/Kolkata/London
Emirates from Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow nil
Emirates Business Class from £2095

Extension Options

Darjeeling Extension
2 nights £695
Single supplement £195

Independent Arrival

Save £600 
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 2/3 nights’ hotel, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board on cruise, excursions, cruise director, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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