Which train goes between Howrah and Katra
India cruise on the historic Hugli River
Day 1: Flight from Germany to Calcutta
Day 2: Calcutta
Arrival in Calcutta and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day can be used as freetime.
Overnight in Calcutta.
Day 3: Colonial Calcutta (B, D)
The spectacular Howrah Bridge spanning the River Hugli, next to the Viktoria Memorial perhaps the most famous symbol of Calcutta, is the first of your varied sightseeing program today. Afterwards you visit the famous flower market of Calcutta, where you can marvel at many exotic plants. Then continue to Belur Math, where you will visit the Ramakrishna Temple and the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple on the other side of the river. The Ramakrishna Temple is the main temple of the Ramakrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1938. Swami Vivekananda made the Indian philosophy and the principles of yoga known especially in the West. What is fascinating about the Ramakrishna Temple is that, depending on the perspective, it resembles a church, a mosque or a temple. Swami Vivekananda worked as a priest in the Dhakshineshwar Temple, which also includes 12 smaller Shiva temples, for over 30 years until his death in 1886. Then continue to Kumartuli, where you can watch the famous artisans at work. Here giant figures of gods are modeled from clay, which can then be admired at religious celebrations. At the end of the festival, the sculptures are submerged in the holy river. Then a visit to the Marble Palace in the north of the city is on your program. The former manor house now houses a private museum (closed on Mondays and Thursdays), in whose exhibition you can also admire works by Rubens or Titian, among others. At the end of the day, head to College Street, one of Asia's largest book markets. Walk in the footsteps of the philosopher and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and enjoy the flair of seemingly bygone days with a coffee in the legendary Coffee House (closed on Sundays). You end this eventful day with an Indian specialty dinner in a Bengali restaurant.
Overnight in Calcutta.
Day 4: Embarkation (B, L, D)
In the late morning you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to your river cruise ship, where you will move into your cabin on board after a warm welcome at noon. You drive on a tributary of the holy Ganges, the river Hugli, past the former Danish colony Serampur to Barackpur, where you start your first shore leave to the local legacies of the British. The first headquarters of the British East India Trading Company was also located here.
Day 5: Colonial Heritage Off the Stream (B, L, D)
In the 50s, French India went, inter alia. the city of Chandannagar, by referendum back to India. You can see the colonial legacy of the French in the Dupleix House, a small museum, as well as in an 18th century church. You continue your river cruise and glide past the Dutch settlement of Chinsura. In Chinsura you go ashore to visit the impressive Hugli-Imambara mosque from the 19th century: the two-story complex is equipped with fascinating wall engravings and richly decorated inside. Then it goes on through the green, subtropical Bengali landscape to Kalna.
Day 6: Temple experiences around Kalna (B, L, D)
A rickshaw tour takes you today to the Bengali terracotta temples as well as to the unique Shiva temple of Kalna. You will reach your next destination by land: Mayapur. The huge new Iskcon Temple, dedicated to the god Krishna, awaits you here. On the other side of the river, visit older and more humble temples at Nabadwip, an important pilgrimage destination for Krishna's followers, which have been taken over by a huge banyan tree. With your ship you continue to Matiari, where you dock for the night.
Day 7: Brass processing in Matiari (B, L, D)
This morning you will first visit the village of Matiari, where you will be shown the local brass processing. Later, visit the famous battlefield of Plassey, where the battle between the forces of the British East India Company and those of Siraj-ud-Daula, the last independent nawab of Bengal, took place in 1757. You will finally drop anchor in Murshidabad today.
Day 8: In the footsteps of the Mughals (B, L, D)
Today you will first visit the peaceful Kushbagh Garden by bicycle rickshaw, laid out in the style of the earlier Mughal rulers, their magnificent tombs and the Hazarduari Palace designed by English architects. The magnificent Katra Mosque and two impressive palace buildings from the 18th century are also on your program. Today your ship docks on the river bank opposite the city.
Day 9: Rural India (B, L, D)
Today the somewhat sleepy village of Baranagar awaits you with three magnificent miniature terracotta temples that you can walk to. This extremely idyllic part of India will impress you. With your river cruise ship you then continue up the meandering Hugli, which is particularly attractive here, framed on both sides by yellow mustard fields and beautiful mango groves. Your floating home is anchored near Farakka today.
Day 10: Cultural certificates from Gaur (B, L, D)
A full day excursion to Gaur, the residence of Hindu rulers of the 12th century, who in turn was replaced by the Muslims in the 14th century, is on your program today. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India's most impressive cities. Mosques and palaces bear witness to an era long past. In Farakka, where the Hugli meets the Ganges, you will spend the last night on your river cruise ship this evening.
Day 11: Departure (B)
Today you will be driven to Farakka train station early in the morning, from where you will start your return journey to Calcutta by train (approx. 4 hours). Transfer to the airport and return flight or follow-up program.
We reserve the right to make changes to the program.
Tip 1: Extend your trip with a tour of the Sunderbans. The Sunderbans are the largest mangrove forest in the world. Numerous species of amphibians and reptiles, fish and mammals, as well as over 180 species of birds live here.
Tip 2: Bathing and diving in the Andaman Islands - Barefoot at Havelock Resort
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