Indias Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges

A 13-Day Uniworld River Cruises tour starting from $8,474

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Tour Operator: Uniworld River Cruises
Tour Code: UNI-37-2017
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To travel through India is to encounter a country that is more complex and beguiling than perhaps any other—profoundly mysterious, gloriously exotic, seemingly infinite, and absolutely unforgettable.

Your adventure begins in Delhi, India’s stately capital and third-largest city, a compelling blend of different historical eras and religious influences.

Marvel at the exquisite Taj Mahal in Agra—justifiably considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—and hear the tragic love story that inspired its 17-year-long construction. Wander amongst the imposing fortresses and dusky-hued palaces of Rajasthan’s gateway city, the regal Pink City of Jaipur. Explore the atmospheric, centuries-old bazaars that make Jaipur such a magical place. With labyrinthine lanes lined with a plethora of tempting treasures, you’ll find them a delightful and dizzying spectacle for all five senses.

Embark upon your eight-day cruise along the Ganges River, where many other stupendous sights and experiences still await—Mother Teresa’s home and tomb in Kolkata; an enormous Vedic temple built by Hare Krishnas; splendid garden-tombs and mosques; and grand Victorian buildings and monuments, the lingering vestiges of India’s rich colonial legacy.

As intriguing as it is enthralling, India will work its charm on you in myriad ways, making for a journey you will rave about the rest of your life.

Who will enjoy this cruise/tour
This itinerary is ideal for those who are culturally curious, as well as spiritual seekers, photographers, and adventurous travellers looking for a fully immersive experience that delves into India’s fascinating social, historical, and religious heritage.

 
 

Your cruise/tour package includes:

Travel
7-night Ganges River cruise in a riverview suite onboard the Ganges Voyager II*
5 nights in luxurious Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, including daily buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
Tips for local experts and drivers
All transportation throughout your trip, including intra-India flight between Jaipur and Kolkata
All transfers on arrival and departure days

Taste
12 buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Afternoon tea in the Governor’s Lounge
Complimentary local beers, spirits, and soft drinks throughout the cruise
Onboard/onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers, or soft drinks
Afternoon coffee, tea, and snacks in the Governor’s Lounge

Explore
11 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions throughout your trip

Experience
Flowers and fruit plate upon arrival
Onboard cultural enrichment, including traditional sitar music, a Bollywood-style song and dance show, and more
*Ship and hotels are subject to change

 
 

Day 1 - New Delhi
Day 1: New Delhi

Be greeted by a Uniworld representative at the airport and transfer to the beautiful Oberoi Gurgaon hotel and resort, a luxurious retreat tucked away in the heart of India’s cosmopolitan capital.

Day 2 - New Delhi
Day 2: New Delhi

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s Capital City
India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your fi rst full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and birla house.

Day 3 - New Delhi, transfer to Agra
Day 3: New Delhi, transfer to Agra

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sundown
This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning a view of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your fi rst opportunity to visit India’s most aweinspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble,” commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, will literally take your breath away.

Day 4 - Agra, transfer to Jaipur
Day 4: Agra, transfer to Jaipur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Early morning at the Taj Mahal
Venture back to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink luster of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship.
After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnifi cent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax at the hotel.

Day 5 - Jaipur
Day 5: Jaipur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City
Your tour of romantic Jaipur includes City Palace— a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives— and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world’s largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaar, which overfl ows with high-quality textiles, jewelry and gemstones.

Day 6 - Jaipur, fly to Kolkata (embark)
Day 6: Jaipur, fly to Kolkata (embark)

Transfer to Jaipur International Airport and fl y to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Cap off the day with a cultural performance onboard the Ganges Voyager II.

Day 7 - Kolkata,
Day 7: Kolkata,

FEATURED EXCURSION: Mother Teresa’s home and tomb and the enduring legacy of the British Raj
The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court and General Post Offi ce. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her tomb, her fi nal resting place.

Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise that passes a number of former colonial settlements.

Day 8 - Kalna
Day 8: Kalna

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s “Temple City”
There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva.

Day 9 - Matiari
Day 9: Matiari

FEATURED EXCURSION: Matiari master craftsmen
Observe master craftsmen at work in Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its fi nely wrought brassware. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods.

Back onboard, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration—intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and a turban.

Day 10 - Murshidabad, Baranagar
Day 10: Murshidabad, Baranagar

Today you’ll experience two Bengali towns, Murshidabad and Baranagar, both of which boast architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. Approaching Murshidabad, a most unexpected sight unfolds before you—the massive Hazarduari Palace, famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fi ne collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse cart for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, one of the region’s largest and most interesting.

Return to the ship for lunch, then board a sampan for an excursion to Baranagar. The village’s beautiful 18th-century brick temples are considered some of the fi nest examples of Bengal terracotta art.

Later, enjoy an exquisite dinner back onboard, followed by the evening’s entertainment.

Day 11 - Mayapur
Day 11: Mayapur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colorful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and its colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americans and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960s.

Day 12 - Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata
Day 12: Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata

FEATURED EXCURSION: Discovering India’s fascinating dualities
Travel by sampan to Bandel for a visit to the Hooghly Imambara, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in West Bengal. The structure was designed to serve two functions—a mosque as well as an Imambara, a congregation hall for special religious ceremonies. Admire the site’s faded grandeur on a stroll around its vast courtyard, or ascend one of the tall twin towers for a marvelous view.

Later, join an excursion to Chandannagar, which was a French colony for about 275 years and thus has a very different cultural heritage and character from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). Take a leisurely walk along the Strand, Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade, lined with lovely colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time—including the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers departed.

Spend your last evening onboard enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13 - Kolkata (disembark), transfer to the airport
Day 13: Kolkata (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport for your return flight home, or fl y to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.

 
         
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

 

Your cruise/tour package includes:

Travel
7-night Ganges River cruise in a riverview suite onboard the Ganges Voyager II*
5 nights in luxurious Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, including daily buffet breakfast and all service charges, taxes, and porterage*
Tips for local experts and drivers
All transportation throughout your trip, including intra-India flight between Jaipur and Kolkata
All transfers on arrival and departure days

Taste
12 buffet breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Afternoon tea in the Governor’s Lounge
Complimentary local beers, spirits, and soft drinks throughout the cruise
Onboard/onshore dinners include complimentary house wine, local beers, or soft drinks
Afternoon coffee, tea, and snacks in the Governor’s Lounge

Explore
11 days of captivating, fully escorted excursions with English-speaking local experts
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager throughout your trip
State-of-the-art portable audio-headset system on all excursions throughout your trip

Experience
Flowers and fruit plate upon arrival
Onboard cultural enrichment, including traditional sitar music, a Bollywood-style song and dance show, and more
*Ship and hotels are subject to change

 

Port Charges: $0.00

Base category: Category 3 Signature Suite

 
 

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