- Arrival transfer
- 4 Nights accommodation in a hotel, 7 nights accommodation aboard the Varuna
- A G Adventures CEO throughout plus local guides
- 12 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Excursion to Rajmahal
- Visit Bateshwar and Vikramshila Buddhist Monastery
- Visit Jehangira Island
- Rickshaw excursion to Monghyr
- Explore Nalanda Buddhist Monastery and museum
- Visit Pawapuri Lake and a Jain temple
- Patna city tour
- Explore the Mahabodhi temple complex and meet with a local monk
- Orientation walk of Varanasi
- Lecture on the Ganges
- Sunset and sunrise boat trips on the Ganges River
- Breakfast at Open Hand vocational training cafe
- Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
India River Cruise: The Holy Ganges 12 DAYS, Kolkata to Varanas
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Immensely powerful and deeply vital to those who call its banks home, the Ganges River is a must-see travel destination in and of itself. Take this rare opportunity to cruise its storied waters on a 12-day adventure on riverboat and land. Sail to picturesque local villages to explore stunning temples and palaces. Wrap up with a four-day land excursion to the city of Varanasi, often considered the spiritual capital of India.
Sail to the Heart of India
Sacred to Hindus and essential to the everyday life of hundreds of millions of people, the Ganges is arguably one of the most important rivers in the world. Step aboard the G Adventures' Ganges riverboat and cruise past majestic palaces, historic battlegrounds, and remote villages. Discover a part of Indian life you won't find in the big cities, on an exceptional journey you'll remember forever.
Life Aboard the Varuna
Designed specifically to navigate the turns of the Ganges, the Varuna opens up to travellers a whole new side of India. At 40m long (130ft) she's roomy and comfortable, with plenty of outdoor space and excellent sightlines. Interior spaces feature large windows and panoramic views, and when it comes to dining onboard, the kitchen and its expert staff are at the ready to deliver a stellar array of meals. Expect a mix of traditional Indian cuisine and Western favourites. The ship has a capacity of 24 passengers and features ten main-deck twin bed cabins and two main-deck double bed cabins all with en suite bathrooms.
TRAVEL STYLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS
Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.
SERVICE LEVEL: UPGRADED
Quality accommodations with upgraded amenities; private transport (including flights); more included meals and activities.
PHYSICAL RATING: LIGHT
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP
Small group experience; Max 24.
BREAKFAST AT OPEN HAND PROJECT
Open Hand is a vocational café that provides fair wages, safe housing, and social resources to underprivileged people in India. Enjoy breakfast at this G Adventures-supported project in Varanasi and know you’re making a difference simply by being here.
EXPLORE MAHABODHI TEMPLE COMPLEX AND MEET WITH A MONK
Meet with a monk at the Mahabodhi Vihar temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the spot where it’s claimed the Buddha attained enlightenment. Learn about the history of this pilgrimage site and its significance to Buddhists.
GANGES RIVER TALK
While in Varanasi, sit down for a talk with a scholar at the picturesque ghats (stairs) of the Ganges. Discuss the river and the spiritual and social role it plays in daily life here.
"Everyone from pilgrims and politicians to socialites and sadhus flock to the [Ganges} river’s banks to pray, bathe, or merely admire its power. .”—Author and photographer Peter McBride, National Geographic Proof
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