Life on the Ganges Cruise

7 nights Kolkata To Kolkata Roundtrip

March to May


India’s historic centres have always evolved along rivers and the fertile Lower Ganges is the most colourful. This cruise offers intimate encounters with rustic villagers, landed gentry, striving school children and contemplative worshippers. Experience all the natural, artistic and agricultural beauty of the landscape and the warm people who live on the banks of this river.

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata and Embark

Upon arrival in Kolkata transfer to jetty for embarkation. Rest of the day at leisure. Safety briefing and cultural program in the evening.

Day 2: Kolkata

Morning tour of Kolkata, which will take us to the Dalhousie Square that houses several Colonial/Heritage monuments; St. John’s Church, one of first public buildings erected by the East India Company and modeled according to the St Martin-in-the-Fields of London. Afternoon sail to Bandel.

Day 3: Bandel and Chandernagore

Morning visit to the Hooghly Imambara at Bandel, a famous Shia pilgrimage center. The two-storey building houses pilgrims and students of the Koran; its Victorian-era clock tower and Persian chandeliers add to its grandeur. Sail to Chandernagore, an erstwhile French colony and visit the museum housed in the former French Governor’s residence, which features an exhibition colonial India as well as the Sacred Heart Church and the local market.

Day 4: Sail Serampore

Morning sail to Serampore and visit the Serampore College, the oldest in India to be in continuous operation.  Serampore was then a Danish colony and King Frederick VI of Denmark granted a Royal Charter giving Serampore College the status of a university to confer degrees. Sail to Guptipara.

Day 5: Guptipara to Kalna

Morning explore Guptipara, a rural town visiting with a terracotta temple complex, and a huge carved wooden temple chariot. Visit the local market. Afternoon excursion to the weaver’s village of Phulia to see the traditional weaving of cotton sarees and other items. After the partition of India and the division of Bengal into West Bengal (in India) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), many skilled weavers from Bangladesh, came and settled here and the region become a renowned centre for hand-woven fabrics. Sail to Kalna.

Day 6: Sail Kalna to Mayapur

Ride rickshaws to visit the terracotta temples of Kalna, which take elements from mosques and temple architecture to create a new congregational space of worship. Notable amongst them is the 108 “eight slope roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. Sail to Mayapur, the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) movement. Meet ecstatic Hare Krishna followers, visit the temple and museum and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.

Day 7: Sail Mayapur to Kolkata

Today we sail back to Kolkata en route halting to visit the historic Zafar Khan Ghazi Mosque and Dargah. The stones used in the mosque were originally materials from temples, as evidenced by figures of Hindu deities carved on some pieces. Afternoon excursion to Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission and Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, it is one of the significant institutions in Kolkata. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions. Onboard the ship.

Day 8: Departure Kolkata

Following breakfast guests will disembark the vessel and transfer to the Kolkata Airport.

Contact Information


Heritage River Journeys Pvt. Ltd.
Office No. 7, Second Floor, Local Shopping Centre
Vasant Arcade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110 070
Telephone +91.11.2612.4069 or 4070