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£3745

Along the Banks of the Hoogly - Upstream

A unique, original and exclusive 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.

Overview

  • Day 1  - Flight
  • Days 2 & 3  - Kolkata
  • Day 4  - Cruise Start / Barrackpoer
  • Day 5  - Chandernagore
  • Day 6  - Kalna
  • Day 7  - Murshidabad
  • Day 8  - Khushbagh
  • Day 9  - Baranagar
  • Day 10  - Farakka / Gaur
  • Day 11  - Kolkata
  • Day 12  - Return flight
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Tour Highlights

  • Culture & Riverscapes
  • Exclusive sailing
  • Free Cabin Selection
  • Excursions Included
  • Full Board on Cruise

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

Notes:

The cruise itinerary may vary according to local conditions.

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

While the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions. Excursions will be limited to a maximum of 22 persons per group. The cruise vessel takes 40 guests.

Accommodation

Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Vessels

RV Rajmahal

Operated by Assam Bengal Navigation, the RV Rajmahal was built in Kolkata, is 164 ft. long, powered by three engines, with extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs to enable it to cruise further upstream than most vessels. On board the crew are mainly Indian, the currency the Indian Rupee, the language English and WiFi (free/limited).

The décor is stylish and fresh, with touches of colonial elegance, and uses hand-blocked cotton fabrics of traditional Indian-inspired designs. The comfortable saloon, bar and dining room compliment the vast canopied sun deck. A small spa offers a range of treatments.

Food is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental. Wines, beer and spirits are available. Tea, coffee and water are complimentary. Cold towel service, welcome drink and shoe cleaning are offered after each excursion.

22 Main and Upper Deck cabins with four Main Deck single cabins, all are air-conditioned with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and French balconies.

Extension Options

Siliguri & Darjeeling Extension

Royal Sarovar Premiere Hotel - Siliguri

Mayfair Hotel - Darjeeling

A 4-star heritage hotel situated in the heart of Darjeeling town. Restaurants, bar, lounge area, gym and WiFi (free). Rooms with hairdryer, safe tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

North Goa Extension

Relax on the Arabian Sea and explore Goa’s Portuguese heritage.

Taj Fort Aguada - Goa

This 5-star hotel is located in North Goa over 42 acres and along the Sinquerim to Calanute stretch of beach. Restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 143 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

The Claridges Hotel - Delhi

Right where New Delhi meets Old Delhi, The Claridges Hotel is in a peaceful area, only a 10 minute walk to the serene Lodi Gardens yet still close to shopping centres, markets and the famous India Gate. The hotel extends a warm welcome and offers a several dining options, a bar, swimming pool, gym and spa. The rooms are a blend of classic and contemporary styles and provide air-conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, mini bar and safe.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room - Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow

October
October 21 (Monday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 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, drinks, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
Upgrades
  • Upper Deck Twin/Double (Rear)
  • £350
  • Upper Deck Twin/Double
  • £350
Flight Options
  • Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow
  • On request, please call
  • Emirates Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £800
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49
Extension Options
  • Darjeeling Extension - Along the Banks of the Hoogly - Upstream (4 nights)
  • £995
  • Single Supplement
  • £225

  • North Goa Extension - 6 nights (6 nights)
  • £1750
  • Single Supplement
  • £625

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