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Ganga Vilas

A boutique luxury riverboat exploring the Indian Subcontinent on the world's longest river cruise.

Overview

Built in 2022, the luxurious, 18-suite Ganga Vilas is a state-of-the-art, handcrafted riverboat offering guests unparalleled comfort in the region and pioneering exploration of the Indian Subcontinent’s seldom-sailed waterways.

Her itineraries include the longest river cruise in the world, a unique voyage spanning the course of 27 rivers and a distance of some 3000 miles (nearly 5000km) across India and Bangladesh. Exploring the wonders of the region like no other river cruise before, the route connects the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems via Bangladesh, traversing both the Gangetic and Bengal Plains, as well as the Sundarbans and Assam Valley.

Life On Board

Exclusively catering for up to 36 guests, the vessel’s 18 sophisticated suites are split over two decks, with 8 on the Main Deck which neighbor a gym and pair of massage rooms, and 10 on the Upper Deck bookended by a panoramic lounge-bar to the bow and dining room to the stern. Above, the half-shaded Sun Deck has a covered observation pavilion with cozy seating and tables, and a selection of loungers with umbrellas all providing unrestricted views of the stunning scenery.

The ship features a vibrant and modern decor inspired by the 1950s art scene that followed the 1947 Partition of India. These bursts of color, from bright magentas and cool blues to lustrous yellows, all delightfully complement the vivid cultures and regions explored during its sailing.

And, with sustainable principles at its heart, the Ganga Vilas incorporates pollution prevention and noise control technologies to honor the ancient rivers traveled through—and environments visited—en route.

To enrich your time on board, butlers are on hand to cater to your every whim, and the industry-leading crew-to-guest service ratios ensure there is always someone on hand to exceed your expectations with warm, personalized and friendly service. As well as being pampered—literally if you visit the on board massage rooms—there are cultural performances, educational talks and cooking classes for your entertainment.

World’s Longest River Cruise

The Ganga Vilas offers lucky guests the chance to embark on the longest river cruise in the world, and what’s more, the rare chance to experience a pioneering route across the Indian Subcontinent with privileged access to pristine vistas untouched by pollution or mass tourism, rich in mythologies, monuments, temples, palaces, artisans and biodiversity.

This is an experiential voyage of epic proportions, not only in terms of its duration—some 51 days of navigation—but also in its exploration of the riches of the region, as you embark on an immersive journey encompassing art, cuisine, wildlife, culture, spirituality, and so much more, visiting World Heritage listed sites, colonial cities, ruins of lost empires, national parks and artisanal villages.

Immersive Experiences

Descend the ghats of the holy city of Varanasi to witness the powerful “Ganga Aarti” ritual, a devotional offering to the river’s goddess, Maa Ganga, and visit the archaeological site of Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his first sermon after reaching enlightenment.

Witness the incredible wildlife and natural wonders of the world’s largest mangrove forest—the Sundarbans—and the bewilderingly biodiverse Kaziranga National Park, home to India’s Big 5: the One-Horned Rhino, Asian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer.

Marvel at mysterious Mayong, a village considered the cradle of Tantra Kriya (black magic) in India where sorcery, voodoo and dark magic were traditionally practiced since time immemorial and passed down over generations.

Explore the unique island of Majuli, cultural capital of Assam and largest river island in the world. The island is home to a myriad of 15th-century Hindu monasteries, each with their own principles and devotional practices, mask-wearing monks, and traditional dances.

Travelers that prefer a shorter itinerary but still want to explore the riches of this remarkable region, the 50-night itinerary can be done in two parts, a 20-night portion from Varanasi to Kolkata (or vice-versa) along the Ganges, and a 30-night portion from Kolkata to Sivasagar (or vice-versa) via Bangladesh along the Hooghly, Brahmaputra and other rivers.

A lavish, all-suite, and all-inclusive cruise taking you to untouched destinations along the seldon-sailed rivers of the Indian Subcontinent, all with unmatched hospitality and unparalleled comfort, a voyage aboard Ganga Vilas promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Itineraries & Prices

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21-Day
31-Day
51-Day

21 Day - Varanasi to Kolkata

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Embarkation

Arrive in Varanasi in the afternoon and transfer to the jetty for embarkation. Welcome and safety briefing.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Varanasi
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Varanasi – Mirzapur & Chunar

Exploration of Mirzapur. The city is famous not only for its carpet and brassware but also for its waterfalls, ghats, and the Ghanta Ghar, a clock tower from which Indian Standard Time is calculated. 

Continue to Chunar. This town on the rocky banks of the Ganges is famous for its fortress dating back to 56 BC and for its handicraft products made of clay and plaster. 

Return to the ship. If time permits, visit the 17th-century sandstone fortress of Ramnagar, built on the riverbank in typical Mughal style, where the King of Kashi resides. 

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Varanasi
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Varanasi

Explore the holy city of Varanasi with a visit to the Bharat Mata Mandir (Mother India Temple), the Banaras Hindu University, and the Bharat Kala Bhawan Museum. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological site of Sarnath. This is where Buddha gave his first sermon after his enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Afterward, visit the local archaeological museum. It exhibits a large collection of sculptures that bear witness to the passionate artistic and religious activity of the last thousand years. 

Later, you will experience the impressive activity in the streets of Varanasi in rickshaws. On foot, you will reach the ghats, the stair-like stone steps leading down to the river. In the evening you'll witness the "Ganga Aarti" ritual on the banks of the Ganges.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Varanasi
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Sailing Day - Varanasi - Ghazipur

Enjoy the meandering landscape as you sail to Ghazipur and enjoy the amenities onboard.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Ghazipur
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Ghazipur - Buxar

In Ghazipur, visit the tomb of Lord Cornwallis, one of the most important figures in Indian and British history. Cornwallis is famous for his time as Governor General of India. His tomb, overlooking the Ganges, consists of a high dome supported by 12 Doric columns. 

Continue to Buxar, famous for the 1764 war between the forces of the British East India Company and the armies of Mir Qasim, Shuja-ud-daulah and the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. The battle was a decisive victory for the British East India Company. 

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Ghazipur
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Buxar - Doriganj

In Buxar you'll visit the war memorial at Kathkuli Maidan, the site of the famous battle. The British had this monument built to commemorate their victory and to honor the soldiers who died in the battle. 

Sail to Doriganj, the ship will moor near the confluence of the Ganges and the river Ghagra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Doriganj
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6 / 21

Doriganj – Chirand – Patna

En route to Patna, explore the archaeological site of "Chirand" on the north side of the Ganges. The excavations have revealed various settlements dating back to 2500 BC. 

Continue to Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Doriganj
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7 / 21

Patna

Today you’ll explore Patna with a city tour. Visit the Golghar, the 18th century Takht Sri Patna Sahib Temple, and the large collections of the Patna Museum. The Golghar, literally 'round house', is a large, beehive-like granary built to combat famine. The pillarless building is 29m high and an impressive view over the city and the river awaits you.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Patna
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Sailing Day - Patna - Simaria

Enjoy sailing through beautiful landscapes towards Simaria.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.


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Simaria
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Simaria - Mokameh - Munger

Visit the picturesque village of Simaria on the river.

The journey continues downstream to the large bridge at Mokameh Ghat. Until the first half of the 20th century, Mokameh Ghat was an important trading and transport hub. 

Continue to Munger, one of the largest and most industrialized cities in the state of Bihar. Munger is known for its railway, pistol, tobacco, and dairy product factories.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Simaria
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Munger

After breakfast, visit the Bihar Yoga School, a modern yoga school founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswati and his spiritual successor Niranjanananda Saraswati. 

Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk through the ruins of the fort. Afterward visit the local market, famous for fruits and vegetables as well as various textiles.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Munger
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Munger - Sultanganj

After breakfast, the journey continues to Sultanganj. 

Excursion in Sultanganj to the two prominent granite rocks. On the smaller one is a mosque and on the larger one is the 16th-century Ajgaibinath Shiva Temple. A bridge connects the mainland with the rock islands decorated with various shrines.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.


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Sultanganj
Day
12 / 21

Sultanganj - Bateshwarsthan

After arrival in Bateshwarsthan drive in jeeps to the excavation site of Vikramshila University and explore the ruins. In the late 8th or early 9th century, Vikramshila University, along with that of Nalanda, was one of the two most important Buddhist centers of learning under the rule of the Pala Dynasty.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.


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Sultanganj
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13 / 21

Sailing Day - Bateshwarsthan - Samtaghat

Enjoy the passing landscape and the lively life along the river.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.


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Samtaghat
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Sailing Day - Samtaghat – Farakka – Jangipur

We sail through the Farakka Lock gate, which was built in 1963-1975. Many different bird species can be observed in this region. 

After the lock, travel on the connecting canal to the Ganges. The Farakka barrage, which regulates the water of the Ganges for Bangladesh and India, can also be seen from here.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Farakka
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Jangipur - Murshidabad

We sail to Murshidabad, arriving in the afternoon. Visit the Hazarduari Palace, which has over a thousand real and false doors. 

Return to the ship in the evening for dinner followed by a performance by a local group.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Murshidabad
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16 / 21

Mushidabad – Matiari

In the morning, explore the historic city of Murshidabad. Ride on a tonga (horse-drawn carriage) and visit the Katra Mosque. 

Return to ship and sail to Matiari, passing by Plassey, famous for the Battle of 1757. The victory at Plassey ushered in the beginning of British rule in India and the supremacy of the West in Asia.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Matiari
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17 / 21

Matiari - Kalna

Enjoy an early morning walk to the riverside village of Matiari, famous for its handmade brass items produced using traditional methods passed down through generations. 

Return to the ship and continue to Kalna, passing by Mayapur, home to the headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kalna
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Kalna - Kolkata

Rickshaw ride in Kalna to the impressive Rajbari complex with the highest number of temples in the region. This is known for its variety of Bengali architectural styles, including the Nabakailas Temple. 

Sail on to Kolkata, passing by areas where remains of 17th to 19th-century settlements of European immigrants can be seen.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.


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Kalna
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Kolkata

After breakfast, you’ll visit Kolkata and see the flower market - one of the largest in Asia & a feast for the eyes! Later you visit Kumartuli the potters' colony in the north of the city.  

After lunch on the ship, you will visit the house of Mother Teresa. You will learn more about the work of the still active foundation. Optional: short walk to their orphanage "Sishu Bhawan" where you will learn more about the daily life in the children's home from a sister of the order.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kolkata
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20 / 21

Disembarkation

Last day on Ganga Vilas then transfer to Kolkata Airport for your flight to your next destination.

Please note this itinerary is also available in reverse, sailing in the opposite direction from Kolkata to Varanasi.

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Kolkata
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31 Day - Sivasagar to Kolkata

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Embarkation

Arrival at Dibrugarh Airport and transfer to Nimati Ghat.

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Nimati Ghat
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Nimati Ghat – Sibsagar Excursion

Today we drive (approx. 1 hour) to Sivasagar, previously spelled as Sibsagar, it was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. It gets its name from the big lake, literally meaning “Ocean of Shiv”. Explore the Ahom palaces and temples, called “Dol” with stupa-like structures on the banks of the lake, the Tai Ahom Museum, the Rangpur Palace (Talatal Ghar), and the Rang Ghar amphitheater.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sibsagar
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2 / 31

Nimati Ghat - Majuli Island (visit) - Subansiri Mukh

In the morning we sail further upstream to arrive at Majuli Island, called the cultural capital of Assam. Explore the unique island, which has unique Hindu monasteries called “Satras” that were founded in the 15th century for the propagation of ethics and socio-cultural ideals. These monasteries are famous for their dance drama performances like the Kamalabari and Auniati Satras. The Auniati monastery also has an eclectic museum.

Continue sailing onward to Subansiri Mukh.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Majuli Island
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3 / 31

Subansiri Mukh - Dhansiri Mukh (visit)

Sail onward to Dhansiri Mukh, for an excursion of Kaziranga National Park’s Eastern Range, which is an amazing experience to explore the wildlife around the water bodies of the park. The eastern zone is home to numerous exotic water birds which can be viewed perfectly using binoculars.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhansiri Mukh
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4 / 31

Dhansiri Mukh - Biswanath Ghat (visit) - Silghat

Optional & Time Permitting: Early morning visit to the weekly market at Uloni.

Morning sail to Biswanath Ghat, popularly called Gupta Kashi due to the cluster of temples of different gods, like in Kashi (modern-day Varanasi). Visit the Biswanath temple, located at the confluence of the Bridhaganga (Burigonga) river with the Brahmaputra.

Afternoon sail to Silghat.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhansiri Mukh
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5 / 31

Silghat (Kaziranga National Park) - Singri

Afternoon, excursion of Kaziranga National Park’s Central Range by jeep safari. Declared a World Heritage Site due to its amazing wildlife, the Kaziranga National Park is known for having the five big wild animals in its vicinity which are one-horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tigers, Wild Buffalos, and Swamp Deer.

Sail to Silghat.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Silghat
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6 / 31

Singri - Mayong - Sailing Day

A full-day sail upstream to Singri, a town in the Sonitpur district of Assam located on the fringe of the Orang National Park & Tiger Reserve. It is sprinkled with archaeological ruins and is known for the Gupteshwar Temple, a pre-historic temple of lord Shiva, located along the bank of the river Brahmaputra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Singri
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7 / 31

Mayong - Pobitora

Sail to Mayong, a village considered the cradle of Tantra Kriya (black magic) in India. Here sorcery and magic were traditionally practiced and passed down over generations. It has a fearsome reputation for voodoo, black magic, and sorcery performed since time immemorial. The Mayong Central Museum exhibits magical remnants, weapons, old coins, scripts, jewelry made from bones and skulls, and tools used for human sacrifice, among other artifacts.

Visit the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary from Kajali Ghat (approx. 30 mins), which holds one of the largest Indian Rhinoceros populations in Assam. It is also an important Bird Area and home for more than 2000 migratory and various reptiles.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Pobitora
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8 / 31

Pobitora - Guwahati - Pandu Port

The morning after breakfast, disembark the ship and proceed for a half day sightseeing, visiting the Kamakhya Temple, dedicated to goddess Shakti and the Assam State Museum. The exhibits Museum are displayed under different sections, viz., Epigraphy, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Natural History, Art and Crafts, Anthropology, Folk Art, and Arms section. Its library is rich in its stenographic collections ranging from various periodicals, journals, and books relating to art, culture, mythology, biography, and encyclopedic works.

Sail to Pandu Port.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Pobitora
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9 / 31

Pandu Port (visit) - Sualkuchi

Sail upstream and arrive at the Pandu Port in Guwahati.

Late afternoon visit the Aswaklanta Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, built by the Ahom King Shiva Singha in 1720.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Pandu Port
Day
10 / 31

Sualkuchi - Goalpara

Sualkuchi, the textile center of Assam, is renowned for its silk weaving notably of Muga silk, Pat silk, and Eri silk which are used to make traditional Assamese dresses and saris.

Visit the Sri Surya Pahar (half-day sightseeing), an archaeological site, possessing valuable cultural remains of three important religions of India – Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. On the way back halt at Dubapara where craftsmen called patikars create sitalpatis, literally meaning cool (sital) mats (pattis) from the mutra reed. They also make varieties of bags, purses, placemats, wall art, file covers, hats, and more.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Goalpara
Day
11 / 31

Goalpara - Dhubri

Explore Dhubri town visiting the Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib and the marble statue of Queen Victoria on a walk through the Victoria Park of the same name. Then visit the village of Asharikandi, where traditional handicrafts made of terracotta and ceramics are made.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhubri
Day
12 / 31

Chilmari (Bangladesh) / Dhubri (India)

Sail upstream cross the international border and arrive at Chilmari for Customs and Immigration of Bangladesh.

Sail upstream to the Bangladesh border. In Chilmari customs and immigration formalities for Bangladesh. Located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra, Chilmari has long been considered a center of trade, particularly for jute.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhubri
Day
13 / 31

Rangpur Excursion - Chilmari

Excursion to Rangpur (approx. 60 km from Chilmari) one of the largest cities in Bangladesh and visit the Tajhat Palace. Today it houses the Rangpur Museum. Continue to visit the Dimla Kali Temple and Carmichael College.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Chilmari
Day
14 / 31

Chilmari - Sirajganj – Sailing Day

Full-day sail to Chilmari River Port for Custom clearance and Immigration formalities of Bangladesh. Chilmari is a major river port near the border with India and is also known for its mid-river sandbars (chars) where many Bengalis live due to the fertile peanut farmland.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Chilmari
Day
15 / 31

Sirajganj

Excursion to Sirajganj. The city is known for its hand weaving and the Bangabandhu Bridge (Jamuna Bridge), the symbol of Sirajganj and the longest bridge in Bangladesh. Visit the Hatikumrul Navatna Temple with its nine towers in Navaratnapara village. The temple is a unique archaeological treasure. Afterward, you will visit some weaving villages and learn about the production of traditional Bangladeshi clothing such as gamchas (cotton scarves), lungis for men, and saris.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sirajganj
Day
16 / 31

Sirajganj – Tangail – Aricha

Sail to Sirajganj en route and visit the 17th-century Atia Mosque in Tangail. The mosque features architectural elements from the pre-Mughal and Mughal eras.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sirajganj
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17 / 31

Aricha - Meghna Ghat (Dhaka) – Sailing Day

Full-day sailing upstream to Aricha Port which is a major river port and well-known spot for catching the popular hilsha fish.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Aricha
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18 / 31

Sonargaon Excursion - Dhaka

Excursion to Sonargaon, the former capital of Bengal with a visit to Panam City, a settlement that has now become a small ghost town with impressive and abandoned colonial buildings. Afterward you will visit Sadarbari, an imposing mansion in which the Folk Art Museum is located. On the way back to the ship, visit the Goaldi Mosque, one of the few surviving medieval monuments in the country, and visit an arts and crafts museum.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sonargaon
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19 / 31

Dhaka

Panoramic tour of the capital of Bangladesh with its sights and monuments such as Dhaka University and Curzon Hall, the National Assembly, and the Old High Court. You will also visit the Dhakeswari Temple, which is considered the center of the Hindu faith and gives its name to the city.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhaka
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20 / 31

Meghna Ghat (Dhaka) - Barisal

Continue cruising to Meghna Ghat in Dhaka.

Visit the Floating Market in Barisal.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Barisal
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21 / 31

Barisal - Morleganj

Sail to Barisal and visit the Oxford Epiphany Church. It is arguably the second-largest church in Asia and one of the oldest on the continent.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Morleganj
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Morleganj - Harbaria

Sail onward to Morleganj.

At early dawn explore the narrow creeks and canals of Harbaria on rowing boats.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Harbaria
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23 / 31

Harbaria - Kotka (visit)

Sail onward to Harbaria.

Enjoy a canoe ride in the mangrove forests. Here you can experience the flora and fauna up close and enjoy the quiet atmosphere and the scenic beauty of the sea beach of Kotka Jamtola. Deer and other native animals can be found in the Kotka forest area.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kotka
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Kotka - Mongla

Sail to the forest station and complete the Forest Department formalities, accompanied by a forest ranger. We will sail down towards Kotka forest station and anchor for the night.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Mongla
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25 / 31

Mongla - Antihara

Visit Mongla and visit the Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat (UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the largest Sultanate-era mosque in Bangladesh and one of the most impressive Muslim monuments in the entire Indian subcontinent. Afterward, visit the museum in Bagerhat.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Mongla
Day
26 / 31

Hemnagar (India) / Antihara (Bangladesh) - Bangar Island

After completing customs formalities at Hemnagar, sail downstream to Antihara on the Bangladesh side of the Sundarbans for further Immigration & Customs formalities.

Then sail through the wildlife area of the Sundarbans towards the Bangladesh border.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Bangar Island
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Bangar Island - Bhagabatpur

Early in the morning visit the "Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project", a breeding and protection area for estuary crocodiles.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Bhagabatpur
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Bhagabatpur - Namkhana (Sundarbans) - Kolkata

Based on the tide situation we cross Hatania Doaniya Creek and moor near Bhagabatpur.

Sail towards the Bay of Bengal to reach the fishing port of Namkhana, the gateway of the Sunderbans (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the world’s largest delta mangrove forest and habitat of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Namkhana
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29 / 31

Kolkata

After breakfast, visit the Victoria Memorial museum. It is a monument erected in Kolkata in honor of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Before returning to the ship, visit the Jain Temple built in 1867. Not only is it known for its seductive beauty, but also for its spiritual ambiance. The temple grounds host a beautiful garden adorned with a variety of flowers, multiple fountains, blocks of glass mosaics, and European-style silver statues.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kolkata
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30 / 31

Disembarkation

Last day on Ganga Vilas then transfer to Kolkata Airport for your next journey.

Please note this itinerary is also available in reverse, sailing in the opposite direction from Kolkata to Sivasagar.

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Kolkata
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51 Day - Varanasi to Sivasagar

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Embarkation

Arrive in Varanasi in the afternoon and transfer to the jetty for embarkation. Welcome and safety briefing.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Varanasi
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1 / 51

Varanasi – Mirzapur & Chunar

Exploration of Mirzapur. The city is famous not only for its carpet and brassware but also for its waterfalls, ghats, and the Ghanta Ghar, a clock tower from which Indian Standard Time is calculated. 

Continue to Chunar. This town on the rocky banks of the Ganges is famous for its fortress dating back to 56 BC and for its handicraft products made of clay and plaster. 

Return to the ship. If time permits, visit the 17th-century sandstone fortress of Ramnagar, built on the riverbank in typical Mughal style, where the King of Kashi resides. 

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Varanasi
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Varanasi

Explore the holy city of Varanasi with a visit to the Bharat Mata Mandir (Mother India Temple), the Banaras Hindu University, and the Bharat Kala Bhawan Museum. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological site of Sarnath. This is where Buddha gave his first sermon after his enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Afterward, visit the local archaeological museum. It exhibits a large collection of sculptures that bear witness to the passionate artistic and religious activity of the last thousand years. 

Later, you will experience the impressive activity in the streets of Varanasi in rickshaws. On foot, you will reach the ghats, the stair-like stone steps leading down to the river. In the evening you'll witness the "Ganga Aarti" ritual on the banks of the Ganges.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sailing Day - Varanasi - Ghazipur

Enjoy the meandering landscape as you sail to Ghazipur and enjoy the amenities onboard.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Ghazipur - Buxar

In Ghazipur, visit the tomb of Lord Cornwallis, one of the most important figures in Indian and British history. Cornwallis is famous for his time as Governor General of India. His tomb, overlooking the Ganges, consists of a high dome supported by 12 Doric columns. 

Continue to Buxar, famous for the 1764 war between the forces of the British East India Company and the armies of Mir Qasim, Shuja-ud-daulah and the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. The battle was a decisive victory for the British East India Company. 

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Buxar - Doriganj

In Buxar you'll visit the war memorial at Kathkuli Maidan, the site of the famous battle. The British had this monument built to commemorate their victory and to honor the soldiers who died in the battle. 

Sail to Doriganj, the ship will moor near the confluence of the Ganges and the river Ghagra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Doriganj
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Doriganj – Chirand – Patna

En-route to Patna, explore the archaeological site of "Chirand" on the north side of the Ganges. The excavations have revealed various settlements dating back to 2500 BC. 

Continue to Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Patna

Today you’ll explore Patna with a city tour. Visit the Golghar, the 18th century Takht Sri Patna Sahib Temple, and the large collections of the Patna Museum. The Golghar, literally 'round house', is a large, beehive-like granary built to combat famine. The pillarless building is 29m high and an impressive view over the city and the river awaits you.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Patna
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Sailing Day - Patna - Simaria

Enjoy sailing through beautiful landscapes towards Simaria.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Simaria
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Simaria - Mokameh - Munger

Visit the picturesque village of Simaria on the river.

The journey continues downstream to the large bridge at Mokameh Ghat. Until the first half of the 20th century, Mokameh Ghat was an important trading and transport hub. 

Continue to Munger, one of the largest and most industrialized cities in the state of Bihar. Munger is known for its railway, pistol, tobacco, and dairy product factories.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Simaria
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Munger

After breakfast, visit the Bihar Yoga School, a modern yoga school founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswati and his spiritual successor Niranjanananda Saraswati. 

Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk through the ruins of the fort. Afterward visit the local market, famous for fruits and vegetables as well as various textiles.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Munger
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Munger - Sultanganj

After breakfast, the journey continues to Sultanganj. 

Excursion in Sultanganj to the two prominent granite rocks. On the smaller one is a mosque and on the larger one is the 16th-century Ajgaibinath Shiva Temple. A bridge connects the mainland with the rock islands decorated with various shrines.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sultanganj
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Sultanganj - Bateshwarsthan

After arrival in Bateshwarsthan drive in jeeps to the excavation site of Vikramshila University and explore the ruins. In the late 8th or early 9th century, Vikramshila University, along with that of Nalanda, was one of the two most important Buddhist centers of learning under the rule of the Pala Dynasty.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sultanganj
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Sailing Day - Bateshwarsthan - Samtaghat

Enjoy the passing landscapeS and the lively life along the river.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sailing Day - Samtaghat – Farakka – Jangipur

We sail through the Farakka Lock gate, which was built in 1963-1975. Many different bird species can be observed in this region. 

After the lock, travel on the connecting canal to the Ganges. The Farakka barrage, which regulates the water of the Ganges for Bangladesh and India, can also be seen from here.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Jangipur - Murshidabad

We sail to Murshidabad, arriving in the afternoon. Visit the Hazarduari Palace, which has over a thousand real and false doors. 

Return to the ship in the evening for dinner followed by a performance by a local group.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Murshidabad
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Mushidabad – Matiari

In the morning, explore the historic city of Murshidabad. Ride on a tonga (horse-drawn carriage) and visit the Katra Mosque. 

Return to ship and sail to Matiari, passing by Plassey, famous for the Battle of 1757. The victory at Plassey ushered in the beginning of British rule in India and the supremacy of the West in Asia.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Matiari
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Matiari - Kalna

Enjoy an early morning walk to the riverside village of Matiari, famous for its handmade brass items produced using traditional methods passed down through generations. 

Return to the ship and continue to Kalna, passing by Mayapur, home to the headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kalna
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Kalna - Kolkata

Rickshaw ride in Kalna to the impressive Rajbari complex with the highest number of temples in the region. This is known for its variety of Bengali architectural styles, including the Nabakailas Temple. 

Sail on to Kolkata, passing by areas where remains of 17th to 19th-century settlements of European immigrants can be seen.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kalna
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Kolkata

After breakfast, you’ll visit Kolkata and see the flower market - one of the largest in Asia & a feast for the eyes! Later you visit Kumartuli the potters' colony in the north of the city.  

After lunch on the ship, you will visit the house of Mother Teresa. You will learn more about the work of the still active foundation. Optional: short walk to their orphanage "Sishu Bhawan" where you will learn more about the daily life in the children's home from a sister of the order.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kolkata
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Kolkata

Today you'll visit the famous New Market of Kolkata. It offers a variety of shopping opportunities and makes shopping hearts beat faster. Afterward, you will visit the National Museum of Kolkata. It is the largest and oldest museum in the country and has rare archaeological finds from different eras of Indian history.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kolkata
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Kolkata

After arrival in Bateshwarsthan drive in jeeps to the excavation site of Vikramshila University and explore the ruins. In the late 8th or early 9th century, Vikramshila University, along with that of Nalanda, was one of the two most important Buddhist centers of learning under the rule of the Pala Dynasty.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kolkata
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Kolkata - Namkhana (Sundarbans) - Bhagabatpur

Sail towards the Bay of Bengal to reach the fishing port of Namkhana, the gateway of the Sunderbans (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the world’s largest delta mangrove forest and habitat of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

Based on the tide situation we cross Hatania Doaniya Creek and moor near Bhagabatpur.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.


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Bhagabatpur – Bangar Island

Early in the morning visit the "Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project", a breeding and protection area for estuary crocodiles

Later sail to Bangar Island cruising through the creek.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Bangar Island – Hemnagar (India) / Antihara (Bangladesh)

Today we sail through the wildlife area of the Sundarbans towards the Bangladesh border.

After completing customs formalities at Hemnagar, sail downstream to Antihara on the Bangladesh side of the Sundarbans for further Immigration & Customs formalities.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Antihara – Mongla

Visit Mongla and visit the Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat (UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the largest Sultanate-era mosque in Bangladesh and one of the most impressive Muslim monuments in the entire Indian subcontinent. Afterward, visit the museum in Bagerhat.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Mongla – Kotka

Sail to the forest station and complete the Forest Department formalities, accompanied by a forest ranger. We will sail down towards Kotka forest station and anchor for the night.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Kotka (visit) – Harbaria

Enjoy a canoe ride in the mangrove forests. Here you can experience the flora and fauna up close and enjoy the quiet atmosphere and the scenic beauty of the sea beach of Kotka Jamtola. Deer and other native animals can be found in the Kotka forest area.

Sail onward to Harbaria.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Harbaria – Morleganj

At early dawn explore the narrow creeks and canals of Harbaria on rowing boats.

Return to the ship and during breakfast sail onward to Morleganj.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Morleganj – Barisal

Sail to Barisal and visit the Oxford Epiphany Church. It is arguably the second-largest church in Asia and one of the oldest on the continent.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Morleganj
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Barisal – Meghna Ghat (Dhaka)

Morning visit to the Floating Market in Barisal.

Continue cruising to Meghna Ghat in Dhaka.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Barisal
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Dhaka

Panoramic tour of the capital of Bangladesh with its sights and monuments such as Dhaka University and Curzon Hall, the National Assembly, and the Old High Court. You will also visit the Dhakeswari Temple, which is considered the center of the Hindu faith and gives its name to the city.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhaka
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Dhaka – Sonargaon Excursion

Excursion to Sonargaon, the former capital of Bengal with a visit to Panam City, a settlement that has now become a small ghost town with impressive and abandoned colonial buildings. Afterward, you will visit Sadarbari, an imposing mansion in which the Folk Art Museum is located. On the way back to the ship, visit the Goaldi Mosque, one of the few surviving medieval monuments in the country, and visit an arts and crafts museum.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sonargaon
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Sailing Day - Meghna Ghat (Dhaka) – Aricha

Full-day sailing upstream to Aricha Port which is a major river port and well-known spot for catching the popular hilsha fish.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Aricha – Tangail – Sirajganj

Sail to Sirajganj en route and visit the 17th-century Atia Mosque in Tangail. The mosque features architectural elements from the pre-Mughal and Mughal eras.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sirajganj
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Sirajganj

Excursion to Sirajganj. The city is known for its hand weaving and the Bangabandhu Bridge (Jamuna Bridge), the symbol of Sirajganj and the longest bridge in Bangladesh. Visit the Hatikumrul Navatna Temple with its nine towers in Navaratnapara village. The temple is a unique archaeological treasure. Afterward, you will visit some weaving villages and learn about the production of traditional Bangladeshi clothing such as gamchas (cotton scarves), lungis for men, and saris.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sailing Day - Sirajganj – Chilmari

Full-day sail to Chilmari River Port for Custom clearance and Immigration formalities of Bangladesh. Chilmari is a major river port near the border with India and is also known for its mid-river sandbars (chars) where many Bengalis live due to the fertile peanut farmland.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Chilmari
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Chilmari – Rangpur Excursion

Excursion to Rangpur (approx. 60 km from Chilmari) one of the largest cities in Bangladesh and visit the Tajhat Palace. Today it houses the Rangpur Museum. Continue to visit the Dimla Kali Temple and Carmichael College.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Chilmari
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Chilmari (Bangladesh) / Dhubri (India)

Sail upstream cross the international border and arrive at Dhubri for Customs and Immigration of India.

Sail upstream to the Indian border. In Dhubri customs and immigration formalities for India. Located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra, Dhubri has long been considered a center of trade, particularly for jute.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhubri
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Dhubri – Goalpara

Explore Dhubri town visiting the Gurdwara Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib and the marble statue of Queen Victoria on a walk through the Victoria Park of the same name. Then visit the village of Asharikandi, where traditional handicrafts made of terracotta and ceramics are made.

Return to ship and sail onward to Goalpara.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhubri
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Goalpara – Sualkuchi

Morning visit the Sri Surya Pahar (half-day sightseeing), an archaeological site, possessing valuable cultural remains of three important religions of India – Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. On the way back halt at Dubapara where craftsmen called patikars create sitalpatis, literally meaning cool (sital) mats (pattis) from the mutra reed. They also make varieties of bags, purses, placemats, wall art, file covers, hats, and more.

Sail to Sualkuchi, the textile center of Assam, renowned for its silk weaving notably of Muga silk, Pat silk, and Eri silk which is used to make traditional Assamese dresses and saris.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Goalpara
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Sualkuchi – Pandu Port (visit)

Sail upstream and arrive at the Pandu Port in Guwahati.

Late afternoon visit the Aswaklanta Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, built by the Ahom King Shiva Singha in 1720.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Pandu Port
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Pandu Port – Guwahati – Pobitora

The morning after breakfast, disembark the ship and proceed for a half day sightseeing, visiting the Kamakhya Temple, dedicated to goddess Shakti and the Assam State Museum. The exhibits Museum are displayed under different sections, viz., Epigraphy, Sculptures, Miscellaneous, Natural History, Art and Crafts, Anthropology, Folk Art, and Arms section. Its library is rich in its stenographic collections ranging from various periodicals, journals, and books relating to art, culture, mythology, biography, and encyclopedic works.

Afternoon sail to Pobitora, a wildlife sanctuary on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Pobitora
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Pobitora – Mayong

Morning visits to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary from Kajali Ghat (approx. 30 mins), which holds one of the largest Indian Rhinoceros populations in Assam. It is also an important Bird Area and home for more than 2000 migratory and various reptiles.

Thereafter sail to Mayong, a village considered the cradle of Tantra Kriya (black magic) in India. Here sorcery and magic were traditionally practiced and passed down over generations. It has a fearsome reputation for voodoo, black magic, and sorcery performed since time immemorial. The Mayong Central Museum exhibits magical remnants, weapons, old coins, scripts, jewelry made from bones and skulls, and tools used for human sacrifice, among other artifacts.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sailing Day - Mayong – Singri

A full-day sail upstream to Singri, a town in the Sonitpur district of Assam located on the fringe of the Orang National Park & Tiger Reserve. It is sprinkled with archaeological ruins and is known for the Gupteshwar Temple, a pre-historic temple of lord Shiva, located along the bank of the river Brahmaputra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Singri
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Singri – Silghat (Kaziranga National Park)

Morning sail to Silghat, arriving by midday.

Afternoon, excursion of Kaziranga National Park’s Central Range by jeep safari. Declared a World Heritage Site due to its amazing wildlife, the Kaziranga National Park is known for having the five big wild animals in its vicinity which are the one-horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tigers, Wild Buffalos, and the Swamp Deer.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Silghat
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Silghat – Biswanath Ghat (visit) – Dhansiri Mukh

Optional & Time Permitting: Early morning visit to the weekly market at Uloni.

Morning sail to Biswanath Ghat, popularly called Gupta Kashi due to the cluster of temples of different gods, like in Kashi (modern-day Varanasi). Visit the Biswanath temple, located at the confluence of the Bridhaganga (Burigonga) river with the Brahmaputra.

Afternoon sail to Dhansiri Mukh, the confluence where the Dhansiri river meets the Brahmaputra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Dhansiri Mukh
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Dhansiri Mukh (visit) – Subansiri Mukh

Morning excursion of Kaziranga National Park’s Eastern Range, which is an amazing experience to explore the wildlife around the water bodies of the park. The eastern zone is home to numerous exotic water birds which can be viewed perfectly using binocular.

Sail onward to Subansiri Mukh, the confluence where the Subansiri river meets the Brahmaputra.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Subansiri Mukh – Majuli Island (visit) – Nimati Ghat

In the morning we sail further upstream to arrive at Majuli Island, called the cultural capital of Assam. Explore the unique island, which has unique Hindu monasteries called “Satras” that were founded in the 15th century for the propagation of ethics and socio-cultural ideals. These monasteries are famous for their dance drama performances like the Kamalabari and Auniati Satras. The Auniati monastery also has an eclectic museum.

Continue sail onward to Nimati Ghat.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Majuli Island
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Nimati Ghat – Sibsagar Excursion

Today we drive (approx. 1 hour) to Sivasagar, previously spelled as Sibsagar, it was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. It gets its name from the big lake, literally meaning “Ocean of Shiv”. Explore the Ahom palaces and temples, called “Dol” with stupa-like structures on the banks of the lake, the Tai Ahom Museum, the Rangpur Palace (Talatal Ghar), and the Rang Ghar amphitheater.

Overnight onboard Ganga Vilas.

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Sibsagar
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Disembarkation

Disembark at Nimati Ghat and transfer to Dibrugarh airport (approx. 4-hrs) for your flight onwards to your next destination (Delhi or Kolkata).

Please note this itinerary is also available in reverse, sailing in the opposite direction from Sivasagar to Varanasi.

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Accommodations

Social Areas

Lounge Bar
Gym
Dining
Spa
Sundeck
Stairwell
Lobby
Corridor

Suites & Cabins

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18 Cabins

Suite

Guests
2
Size
24.6 m² / 265 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

The Ganga Vilas' suites have soothing interiors with dedicated color palettes, huge floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and have been delightfully furnished with contemporary and comfortable furniture. Amenities include an ensuite bathroom with shower, seating area with sofa, writing desk, closets, LED TV, safe, smoke detectors, life vest, and sprinklers. Cozy double beds can be converted to twin as desired.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

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

Equipment

  • Yoga mats
  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry Bags/Plastic bags to protect cameras
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details