RV Bengal Ganga
Embark on our exciting artisan-themed India river cruise along the Hoogly river through the heart of Bengal on the RV Bengal Ganga. Constructed in 2004, the RV Bengal Ganga is a design reminiscent of the colonial ships used by the Viceroys of British India. Our India river cruise allows you to fully immerse yourself in the heart of Bengal, and feel inspired by the artisans, weavers, writers and poets who influenced the Bengali Renaissance. As you sail, follow the faint sounds of weaving from villages on the riverbanks, learn about thriving ancient crafts, and be transported to another moment in time.
Where does the RV Bengal Ganga sail?
Our RV Bengal Ganga India river cruise sets sail from Kolkata – meaning “Ground of (the goddess) Kali” - and allows you to journey to some of the most popular destinations and hidden gems along the iconic river. Artisans of Bengal explores the heritage and culture of the region through the work of the artisans as you voyage to Bandel and Kalna. Discover the settlements founded by the Portuguese and French as you make your way to Mayapur and back to Kolkata.
What excursions are there during the RV Bengal Ganga cruise?
On our RV Bengal Ganga cruise, you will get to discover the traditions of the Artisans, whilst exploring the colonial sites along the riverbanks. Visit the British colonial buildings of Kolkata, the Portuguese settlement of Bandel and the 17th-century French colony of Chandernagore and understand the role European settlers played in the region. Take a rickshaw to the Rajbari Temple Complex and be enthralled by the intricate terracotta tiles that depict mythologies, before paying a visit to Mother Teresa’s home and tomb. As you meander along on the Ganges river cruise, witness the traditional crafts of the Ganges, from weavers to potters.
What accommodation can I expect on board?
The 200ft RV Bengal Ganga has been designed as an aesthetic replica of the colonial ‘Clyde’ steamers. The ship has 28 immaculately presented state rooms split between the main and upper decks, with each room opening onto a private balcony. Exuding timeless opulence, the vessel has been meticulously crafted with rich Burma teak interiors, whilst each cabin is equipped with modern amenities, alongside quintessential Indian luxury. All cabins on board the RV Bengal Ganga have their own air conditioning units, mini-safe, luggage storage, wardrobe, writing desk, hairdryers, bath robes and slippers. Making them the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploration and discovery.
What facilities are there on the RV Bengal Ganga?
The RV Bengal Ganga has luxury features throughout, with no detail too small. The restaurant is housed on the main deck and enjoys dual aspect windows, providing unimpeded river views. Serving delicious Indian delicacies as well as popular cuisines from around the globe, the restaurant is equipped with a classical colonial interior with magnificent teak tables and elegant textiles befitting the artisanal tour.
The upper deck features an elegant bar and lounge and is the perfect place to spend evenings watching the setting sun, reminiscing about the day. While the sun deck’s observation area offers passengers unparalleled views. There’s also complimentary Wi-Fi onboard our India river cruises allowing you to stay connected with loved ones at home.
How do I book a place on the RV Bengal Ganga cruise?
If you’ve been enchanted by the sound of one our Ganges river cruises and you’d like to secure your place, select the ‘Book’ option and one of our friendly personal travel experts will help confirm your place.