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Bengal Ganga

An intimate Indian riverboat reminiscent of the colonial 'Clyde' steamers of the British Empire.

Overview

Built in 2004, the Bengal Ganga’s design is reminiscent of the colonial ships used by the Viceroys of British India at the height of the British Empire. Accommodating just 48 guests in premium luxury, she will take you on a journey along one of the most beautiful river routes in India.

Life on board

Characterized by polished teak and gleaming brass fittings throughout, the RV Bengal Ganga is an intimate ship with just 20 cabins, a high staff-to-guest ratio and personalized butler service. Onboard activities include cooking demonstrations with the head chef, lectures on contemporary Indian life, religion and culture, together with some fascinating documentaries in the evenings.

The beautifully furnished cabins range in size from 145 square feet to 228 square feet and feature paneled Burma teak walls and floors. Each is fitted with modern amenities and a dash of quintessential Indian luxury, complete with an ensuite bathroom with a shower, plenty of storage, and a private balcony to ensure a relaxed space of your own.

With large windows on either side, providing unimpeded riverbank views, the Dining Room is situated on the main deck, and serves delicious Indian delicacies as well as popular cuisines from around the world. It is furnished with a buffet counter, elegant teakwood tables and local textiles. The upper deck is home to the saloon & bar, which is a cozy space for drinks, conversations, and film screenings.

The Sun Deck has an observation area offering yet more magnificent views and is the spot dedicated to morning yoga practice. It also houses an air-conditioned Spa where you can unwind with a variety of Ayurvedic massages and beauty treatments.

On shore excursions

This important trade route is replete with historical landmarks, now mostly hidden among the ubiquitous villages, towns and cities that have grown along the banks. As you meander along the river, you can look forward to being introduced to some of the Indian traditions, art, spirituality and history through the cultural interactions you’ll experience at various stops along the way. You will witness the traditional crafts of the river, from weavers to potters.

Visit Murshidabad’s Palace, the British colonial buildings of Kolkata, the Portuguese settlement of Bandel, and the architectural marvels of Chandernagore town in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, which is dotted with many buildings retaining the French heritage style. Take a rickshaw to the Rajbari Temple Complex and be enthralled by the intricate terracotta tiles that depict mythologies, before paying a visit to Mother Teresa’s home and tomb.

Destinations

The Bengal Ganga cruise sets sail from Kolkata and journeys to some of the most popular destinations and hidden gems along the iconic river, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the heart of Bengal, and feel inspired by the artisans, weavers, writers and poets who influenced the Bengali Renaissance. Voyage to Bandel and Kalna, and discover the settlements founded by the Portuguese and French as you make your way to Mayapur and back to Kolkata.

A cruise aboard the Bengal Ganga offers the perfect way for couples, solo travelers and families or groups to explore this region of India in real style.

Itineraries & Prices

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

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4-Day

4 Day - A Mystical Journey : Varanasi Special

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: Varanasi is considered the holiest city in Hinduism and Jainism. It also played an important role in the development of Buddhism. In the evening ride the country boat to the Dashashwamedh Ghat to see the “Ganga Aarti” performed by a group of priests lined up on the riverbank chanting mantras and performing the prayer ritual with lamps, incense, and traditional instruments to honor the river.

PM: Dinner & overnight onboard Bengal Ganga.

Bengal Ganga - Varanasi Special Cruise - Day 1
Location
Varanasi
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Varanasi - Cruising Downstream

AM: After breakfast stroll in the Vishwanath Gali (street), and experience the hustle and bustle of devotees and road side vendors. Visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple for “Darshan” and offering prayers to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the city.

PM: Return to the ship by midday and begin cruising downstream viewing the countryside and enjoying lunch onboard.

Dinner & overnight onboard Bengal Ganga.

Bengal Ganga - Varanasi Special Cruise - Day 2
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Varanasi
Day
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Varanasi - Cruising Upstream

AM: After breakfast we sail upstream towards Varanasi, arriving by midday at Ravidas Ghat.

PM: Post lunch visit to Sarnath the seat where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Visit the local bazaar for shopping the famous “banarasi” silk, muslin, perfumes, and other handicrafts that Varanasi is famous for.

Dinner & overnight onboard Bengal Ganga.

Bengal Ganga - Varanasi Special Cruise - Day 3
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Varanasi
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Disembarkation

AM: Following breakfast disembark the ship and transfer on your onward journey.

Bengal Ganga - Varanasi Special Cruise - Day 4
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Varanasi
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Dining
HotCounter
Lounge
Spa
Balcony
Sundeck

Suites & Cabins

Bengal Ganga - Superior (Main Deck)
10 Cabins

Signature Suite

Guests
2
Size
13.4 m² / 145 ft²
Beds
Twin

The Main Deck 'Signature Suite' cabins each have an outdoor seating area facing the river, and is furnished with Burma teak floors & walls, original art and fine local textiles.

Bengal Ganga - Premier
2 Cabins

Premier Suite

Guests
2
Size
20.8 m² / 224 ft²
Beds
Double

Also on the Upper Deck but stretched across the stern, the Premier Suite cabins are much larger, with near floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished with solid Burma teak floors & walls, double beds, fine indigenous textiles and original artworks. With all the modern amenities, these rooms bring you closer to experiencing India like a royal.

Bengal Ganga - Deluxe (Upper Deck)
8 Cabins

Deluxe Suite

Guests
2
Size
13.40 m² / 145 ft²
Beds
Twin

The Upper Deck 'Deluxe Suite' cabins are the same specification as the Main Deck's 'Superior' cabins but just on a higher deck. As such, they also have an outdoor seating area facing the river, and are equally elegantly furnished with Burma teak floors & walls, original art and fine local textiles.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Spa
  • Souvenir shop
  • Mosquito netting
  • Hot showers
  • Heating
  • Charging areas for electronic equipment

Equipment

  • Yoga mats
  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details
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