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 - Barangar
Day 10 - Farakka/Gaur
Day 11 - Kolkata
Day 12 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Along the Banks of the Hoogly
Upstream Cruise

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.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Exclusive sailing

Free Cabin Selection
No Single Supplement

Excursions Included
Full Board on Cruise
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 6 – 22

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

Day 2 Arrive in Kolkata, India's capital under the British Raj, still known for its colonial-era avenues, grand Victoria Memorial and cricket ground. To these, the modern city now adds high-rise office blocks and garden parks with urban slums still interwoven in the tapestry of this multicultural metropolis. Visit the Jain temple, college street, book market and take a tram ride. Two nights at the historic 5-star Oberoi Grand. Welcome drink and dinner. (D)

Day 3 In Kolkata, visit Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square, St. John's Church, Howrah Bridge and drive around colonial Calcutta. (B)

Day 4 Embark on your vessel for seven nights. At Barrackpore, walk through the cantonment past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Sail to Chandernagore and visit its museum and the Dutch settlement of Chinsura. Visit Imambara on the outskirts of Kolkata. (B, L, D)

Day 6 At Kalna, travel to the terracotta temples by cycle rickshaws. Visit the temples of Mayapur. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit the brassworking village of Matiari. Later, cruise to the battlefield of Plassey, where in 1757, Clive of India defeated Sirajud-Daulah, to visit the commemorative obelisk. Continue to Murshidabad. (B, L, D)

Day 8 By foot to the Khushbagh, a Moghul-style garden. Visit Katra Mosque and the late 18th-century palaces of Nashipara and Katgola. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Moor at Barangar with its terracotta temples. Continue up the Hoogly past mustard fields and mango orchards. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Arrive in Farraka where the Hoogly meets the Ganges. Surrounded by water channels and bypassed by a canal, its Farakka Barrage crosses the mighty river, carrying a rail and road bridge and earning its place in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest barrage in the world. Full-day excursion visits the town of Gaur, close to 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 11 By train from New Farraka station to Kolkata (5 hrs). Overnight at Oberoi Grand. (B)

Day 12 Return flight via Delhi or Dubai arriving later the same day. (B)

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


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.

Time to relax or see even more of India!

No one can cover all of India on one tour, so why not make the most of your time in India by choosing further experiences?

We invite you to customise your tour by adding one or more extensions from our great range shown on the following pages. Relax in a resort or discover more of India with our specialist guides.

Also please consider adding extra nights before the tour if you would like to draw breath after the flight to India or stay on to reflect, relax or explore independently. Extra nights can also be added to most extensions. Please talk to one of our knowledgeable Personal Travel Experts to let us know what you are looking for and they will work out the best way. Sometimes extra transfers, internal flights and nights are recommended or needed, and sometimes two extensions can be combined into a more logical sequence.

Click here to view all our pre- and post- India extensions


We recommend the Darjeeling Extension


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

Date Price
February 27 £2895
October 23 £2895
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2023: Feb 27 & Oct 23

Double for sole use £695

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £295
Upper Deck (double for sole use) £990

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow - nil
Emirates Business Class from £2095

Extension Options

Darjeeling Extension
3 nights £695
Single supplement £195 

Independent Arrival

Save £600 
Arrival or departure transfer add £24

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.

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