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East India Heritage Cruise

Description

This is a 260 kms. Long route dotted with historical monuments, religious places,and eco friendly inhabitations. The River Ganges cruise will offer you a sneak peek into the Muslim and the colonial rule that prevailed in the Eastern India for many centuries. Step aboard this River Ganges cruise and experience the history of east India. At the end of each excursion come back to get pampered and indulge in the food and wine and the attentiveness of the staff on the liners designed to mirror elegance and grace.

Itinerary

Duration : 9 nights/10 days

Destinations : Kolkata-Chandannagar- Mayapur – Murshidabad – Kolkata

Day 1

Arrive Kolkata

Meet and greet at the airport, transfer to your hotel and check into hotel. If time permits in the evening, we can take you for a stroll in the famous Park Street area, which is the entertainment hub of Kolkata since the Colonial era ...Old time popular singers like Engelbert Humperdink, Cliff Richard and Usha Uthup would enthrall the audience in the hotels and restaurants with their evergreen melodious numbers. Even till this day the hotels and restaurants reverberate with the memories and the music and dance still continues in full swing.

Enjoy a Special dinner in Floatel, the Floating hotel one of its kind in the country.... View the beautiful and scenic Ganges while having your dinner. ...with fun and entertainment.

Day 2

In Kolkata

This morning after your breakfast your will proceed for a full day tour of Kolkata - Kolkata is a city of the colonial era which at one time was the capital of India. Kolkata is culturally a vibrant city with its blend of British and Indian architecture. Must see sights include Mother’s House, Marble Palace, Victoria Memorial, Parasnath Jain Temple, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Riverside (Princep Ghat), Jorashankho Thakur Bari (abode of the Nobel Laurate Rabindranath Tagore).

Drive Pass : General Post Office, Shaheed Minar, Eden Gardens, Akashvani Bhawan, Writers’ Building, Raj Bhawan, High Court, Maidan, Town Hall, Race Course, Lal Dighi Street, Andrews Church. Drive over : Howrah Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 3

Depart Kolkata (Your Heritage cruise begins)

In the morning you will be transferred to Millenium park jetty. In the afternoon Board the cruiser and check in. Depending upon the tide the cruiser will start sailing down the famous Howrah Bridge, Belur Math and Srerampore. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Kolkata - Chandannagar

Have your breakfast and continue your sail to Chandannagar city which was under the French rule from 1673 to 1952. It came under the rule of the Britishers twice but was restored to the French. The erstwhile mansion of French administrator now houses a library, a French school, a museum of antiques, art and sculpture. Visit the places and return to your cruiser. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Chandannagar – Bandel – Kalna

Have your breakfast and continue cruising until you reach Bandel – the erstwhile Portuguese colony steeped in the remnants of heritage and culture. You will visit the Bandel Church, the oldest Christian church in West Bengal. Built around 1660, this church is dedicated to Nassa Senhora di Rozario and is a testament to the Portuguese engineering skills. Also visit the Bandel Imambara built in the memory of a philanthropist. The three storeyed structure with two 85 ft high towers offers an untarnished view of the Jubilee Bridge over the Hooghly river.

Later board the cruise and sail upto Kalna which is famous for its Terracotta temples and Rajbari built by the Maharajs of Bardhaman. Then after a short sail reach the Weavers’ colony at Phulia/Shantipur famous for tant – a famous Bengali cotton. Indulge in some shopping of cotton stoles, saris, dhoti from the local shops.

Dinner and overnight in the cruiser.

Day 6

Kalna – Mayapur

Enjoy your breakfast and keep cruising till you reach Mayapur – the spiritual capital of the world and the Headquarters of ISKCON. It is believed that Lord Krishna’s incarnate Sri Chaitanya Mahabrabhu was born here in 1486 AD.Begin your spiritual retreat by visiting the Chandradoya temple which has 3 main altars – Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Pancha Tattava and Lord Narsimha Deva. Take part in the afternoon aarti amidst chanting of mantras and hymns. Then have a look at Yoga Peeth where Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born. Later cruise towards Katwa while meandering through the countryside. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the Kansari artisans whose brass and bell metal utensils are famous. Dinner and overning in the liner.

Day 7

Mayapur - Murshidabad

You will continue your cruise through the beautiful country side and reach Murshidabad. Have your breakfast and get ready for the sight seeing of this place steeped in history and heritage. One of the oldest cities in West Bengal, Murshidabad stands as a testimony to the rich heritage of the Nawabs of Bengal. Visit the Katra Mosque and and the Katgola Gardens – the erstwhile palace garden of Raja Dhanpur Singh Dugar and Lakshmipat Singh Dugar. Then visit the famous Adinath Temple built by Harreck Chand in 1873. Then onto Khushbach cemetery which houses the mortal remains of Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah ( who fought the Battle of Plassey) and Ali Vardi Khan. Conclude your tour by visiting Hazaarduari Palace ( meaning palace of 1000 doors) on the banks of the River Bhagirathi River and the most conspicuous building in Murshidabad embellished with a thousand ornamental gateways, out of which 900 are real and rest are false to confuse intruders. Formerly the Old fort of Murshidabad built by Mawab Nazim Humayun Jah of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, was re-constructed as a palace by William Cavendish (the Then Governon General) in 1829. It is now converted into a Museum which preserves the priceless relics of the Nawabs. Take a cruise trip to Katwa in the evening.

Dinner and overnight in the liner.

Day 8

Murshidabad – Santiniketan (140 kms, 4 hours)

This morning after breakfast you will check out of the cruiser and get ready to drive by road to Santiniketan Santiniketan a town near Bolpur was founded by the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, whose vision transformed it into a University Town. Popularly known as Vishwa Bharati University ... the meaning as defined by Tagore “ where the world makes a home in the nest”..... this place emerged as the best place for higher learnings and students from across the globe study here even till this day. Tagore wrote many literary classics here and thus Tagore’s house is a place of immense historic importance.

You will see many important building within the University premises Prayer Hall , China Bhawan – Centre for Chinese studies , Natir Puja a famous dance drama of Tagore is painted on the wall. Then see the Black House, Then on to Patha Bhawan which is Now a secondary school. Walk upto Sangeet Bhawan – School of Dance and music. Then Santiniketan Griha - The oldest building of Santiniketan built by Rabindranath Tagore’s father, where young Rabindranath stayed as a boy. Then visit Dehali – Where Rabindranath used to live with his wife Mrinalini Devi and the Uttarayan Complex – The poet lived and worked here in the Northern complex comprising of several buildings Udayana, Konaraka, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi.

Bichitra:This is one of the main attractions comprising a research centre and a Museum displaying the personal belongings, paintings, and several editions of his literary works. A replica of the treasured Nobel Prize is exhibited here.

Chatimtala:The father of Rabindranath Tagore used to meditate in this building. Then Central Library - It is a paradise for book lovers.

Punascha and Udichi: This complex has well laid out gardens. Then you will have lunch and continue your sight seeing

If you are arriving on a Saturday you will have the unique privilege to experience the Khoai haat (market) displaying the traditional handicrafts of Shantiniketan and you will also enjoy the village folks performing dance shows. This market is open from 3 pm to 6pm only.

In the evening check into your hotel. No visit to Santiniketan is complete without experiencing the Local Baul (rural Bengal culture) songs and dance by the local musicians. Enjoy your evening with them. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 9

Santiniketan – Kolkata (160 kms 3.5 hours)

Today morning after breakfast you will visit Shilpa Gram which showcases traditional handicrafts of eastern region (Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Manipur, Andaman and Jharkhand) Each state is depicted by a traditional house with collection of paintings, artifacts, etc. Then you will drive onwards to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata check into your hotel. Overnight the Hotel.

Day 10

Depart Kolkata

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and will be transferred to the airport to connect flight to your onward destination or back home with fond memories.

The above is only a suggestive itinerary. The duration of the tour can be modified to suit your specific requirements.

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