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Bengal Yatra
Bengal Yatra
Visit: Kolkata - Chandernagore - Kalna - Murshidabad - Jangipur - Farakka
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Bengal Yatra
 


Tour Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Destinations Covered: Kolkata - Chandernagore - Kalna - Murshidabad - Jangipur - Farakka

Package Highlights:
• Cruise on Ganges (one of the holiest rivers in India & Sub Continent)
• Stay on board "RV Bengal Ganga"
• Explore the sights & sounds, the avian life and culture of the people who have settled around the banks of River Ganges


Package Inclusions:
• Hotel accommodation and all meals as indicated by the programs
• Indian Brand Mineral Water at the time of meals
• Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary
• English Speaking Guide
• All Entrance Fees
• Transfers by car/minivan/coach as per programs
• Camera fees (still)
• Local assistance
• Government Service Tax
• Fuel surcharges if applicable (*)


Package Exclusions:
• International or domestic flights
• Wine and Spirits or Beverages
• Personal laundry
• All visa costs
• Gratuities to staff
• All items of a personal nature
• Health, accident, baggage or travel protection plan outside the ship's boundaries


DAY 1 ARRIVE AT KOLKATA
Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to the Taj Bengal Hotel.

Meals included: Dinner
Overnight: Taj Bengal
  
DAY 2 KOLKATA - CHANDERNAGORE
This morning visit the city of Kolkata. The morning tour will take us to the Colonial parts of Kolkata; we will drive a section of the Heritage Buildings of Kolkata covering Writers’ Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and the drive past St. John’s Church.

Lunch will be at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon drive to Bandel to board the Ship en-route to visit Chandernagore.

Chandernagore was established as a French colony in 1673, when the French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the Nawab of Bengal, to establish a trading post on the bank of the Hooghly River. Bengal was then a province of the Mughal Empire, and it became a permanent French settlement in 1688. On arrival at the former French colony, we will walk through French Colonial buildings and along the promenade, passing the former French Governor’s residence now converted into a museum, (we will visit if open), the church and the old bakery. Some of the other buildings have now been converted into college and schools. The Hoogly Imambara in Bandel is one of the famous Shiya pilgrimage centre in West Bengal. The building was started in the year 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin and was completed in the year 1861. The two storied building consisting of ranged rooms having a wide entrance of main gate flanked by two giant towers. The gravelly gong of the Victorian-era clock, the winding key of which reportedly weighs 20kg, breaks the reverie. Eighty-five large chandeliers, including Persian ones and 165 smaller lamps light up the Imambara’s gorgeous halls and passages every Muharram, when pilgrims descend on the famous Shia pilgrimage site. Today it houses Hamza-e-Ilmia, Higher Religious Education Centre. Drive to the landing site and take a local boat to approach and board the Bengal Ganga and sail.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight - on board ship
  
DAY 3 KALNA
After breakfast arrive at Kalna - Here enjoy a ride Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari complex that has the maximum concentration of temples.

The complex contains a unique mixture of Bengal’s temple architecture. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 'aat – chala' or “eight sloped roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. Due to its ingenious planning all Shiva lingams can be seen from the centre of the temple.

On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849 contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga and various aspects of day to day life.

The other temples are the Lalji temple built in 1739, the oldest in the complex, Krishnachandra temple built in 1751 is similar to the Lalji temple. The complex also houses a flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.

Later we sail to Matiari en route passing the religious town of Mayapur, quintessentially a temple town known for being the headquarters of the Krishna Consciousness Movement “ISKON” and the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, born in 1486 AD and considered as an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The town is situated on the banks of the confluence of the Ganga and the Jalangi rivers.

Arrive at Matiari by evening and moor for the night.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight - on board ship
  
DAY 4 MATIARI - MURSHIDABAD
Morning visit to Matiari, known for manufacturing handcrafted brass pots and various kinds of brass utensils. We will get to watch master craftsmen use traditional methods passed down from generations to manufacture these brass items. There is an opportunity to buy souvenirs.

Later sail to Murshidabad and en-route sail past the battlefield of Plassey where in 1757 Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawabs, the then rulers of Bengal and their French Allies establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years. Arrive Murshidabad and moor overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight - on board ship
  
DAY 5 MURSHIDABAD - JANGIPUR
After breakfast we visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 – 1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors.

Inside the palace museum one can observe a wide collection of antiquities including various kinds of weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble statues, metal objects, porcelain and stucco statues, farmans, rare books, old maps, manuscripts, land revenue records, palanquin mostly belonging to eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Also visit the Katra mosque.

After Murshidabad, sail past the Temples of Baranagar to Jangipur. The Temple complex was built in 1714 – 1793 by Rani Bhabani, the landlord of Natore. The brick-built temples are considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal Terra cotta art.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight - on board ship
  
DAY 6 JANGIPUR - FARAKKA
Morning visit the village of Akbarpur, where local weavers make cotton textile sheets as a cottage industry. Later we enter the Farakka feeder canal and anchor before the lock gate.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight - on board ship
  
DAY 7 FARAKKA - KOLKATTA
After breakfast the ship will pass through the Farakka Lock Gate. Check-out followed by quick lunch on board.

Disembarkation and transfer to New Farrakka Train Station.

Depart in the afternoon (13:10) by Kanchanjunga Express. Arrive in the evening (19:25) in Calcutta (Kolkata) Howrah Junction Train Station and transfer to hotel Taj Bengal.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight – Taj Bengal
  
DAY 8 DEPART FROM KOLKATA
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to onward destination.

Meals included: Breakfast
  


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