Luxury India 2021 - Itinerary
16 day escorted tour from £6,990pp
Sunday 7th to Monday 22nd March 2021
Please note, this is a provisional itinerary, subject to change.
Sun 7 Mar 2021 - Depart UK
Join our personally escorted, early-evening flight departure from London Heathrow, or select an independent flight from alternative UK airports. Premium economy and business class flight upgrades may also be available.
Mon 8 Mar 2021 - Arrive Delhi
Following our morning arrival at New Delhi Airport, we transfer to the luxurious, five-star Imperial Hotel for a 2-night stay. Situated in Connaught Place, in the heart of the capital, the Imperial Hotel exudes colonial elegance, combined with a modern delivery of old-style class and magnificence.
Tue 9 Mar 2021 - Delhi City Tour
An included city tour of Old Delhi, featuring a rickshaw ride to the bustling alleyways of the Chandni Chowk market, the heart and soul of Old Delhi. After lunch we’ll visit India Gate, the war memorial and prominent Delhi landmark, and also the grand Presidential Palace.
Wed 10 Mar 2021 - Delhi to Agra
Before leaving Delhi we’ll visit Humayun’s Tomb, the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Structurally, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture, which reached its zenith with the Taj Mahal at Agra. We’ll also visit the Qutub Minar 73 metre high sandstone minaret, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch we’ll drive to Agra and check-in at the luxury ITC Mughal Hotel for our 2-night stay.
Thu 11 Mar 2021 - Sunrise at Taj Mahal
An included sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to view this amazing ivory-white marble mausoleum in the dawn light.
Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, the Taj Mahal took 22 years to construct and was completed in 1653.
We return to our hotel for breakfast, before a visit to Agra Fort, the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit Mehtab Bagh, a garden complex located on the banks of the Yamuna River. The garden is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank, and offers great sunset views.
Fri 12 Mar 2021 - Agra to Jaipur
A leisurely departure from Agra for our drive to Jaipur, enjoying lunch at the Bagh Resort in Bharatpur on route. In Jaipur we stay two nights at the stunning Jai Mahal Palace. Built in 1745 and previously the residence of Jaipur’s Prime Ministers, the building has been painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, and is now a luxury five-star heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts.
Sat 13 Mar 2021 - Jaipur City Tour
Today we explore the colourful capital city of Rajasthan state. We’ll definitely need a photo-stop to view the facade of the most famous landmark of Jaipur, the incredible Hawa Mahal - or “Palace of the Winds”. And on the outskirts of the city, we’ll visit the early 17th century Amber Fort and enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and town below. We’ll travel up and down the hill by Jeep! After lunch at a local restaurant we visit the City Palace, an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. Adjacent to the City Palace is the not-to-be-missed astronomical observatory, Jantar Mantar. The collection of instruments here includes a 90 foot high sundial, accurate to 2 seconds!
Sun 14 Mar 2021 - Jaipur to Kolkata
An early morning flight from Jaipur will take us direct to Kolkata, (formerly Calcutta), the capital of India's West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911. Today, Kolkata is known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s here we embark our privately chartered luxury cruise ship, Ganges Voyager. Time to settle in and enjoy lunch on board. During the afternoon, an included, but optional excursion to visit the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa.
Mon 15 Mar 2021 - Kolkata City Tour / Bandel
Before our afternoon sailing, a panoramic Kolkata City Tour featuring some of the well-preserved British colonial buildings, for instance the General Post Office, High Court, Governor’s House, Town Hall and Victoria Memorial Museum.
Back on board our ship for lunch, we set sail through areas where various European settlers established East Indian Companies.
In the afternoon we visit Bandel, one of the famous Shia pilgrimage centres in West Bengal.
Tue 16 Mar 2021 - Kalna
This morning, an included rickshaw ride in the city of Kalna, with a visit to Nava Kailash, a stunning complex of 108 temples - 74 in an outer circle and another 34 making an inner circle. This afternoon we set sail towards Matiari.
Wed 17 Mar 2021 - Matiari / Khushbagh
An early-morning visit to the village of Matiari, known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass pots and souvenirs from recycled copper. Continuing our journey upstream, we sail past the Plassey Battlefield, where Robert Clive of the British East India Company defeated the Moghul Nawabs in 1757. Early evening, we visit a charming Moghul-style garden in the village of Khushbagh.
Thu 18 Mar 2021 - Baranagar / Murshidabad
After breakfast we cruise to sleepy Baranagar. A lovely example of life in rural India, the village is home to several brick temples dating from the 18th century and considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal terracotta art.
Heading downstream, a relaxing afternoon as our ship glides along the Lower Ganges, twisting and turning between riverbanks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards before arriving in Murshidabad, a hidden architectural gem with dramatic whitewashed colonial buildings. We’ll visit the impressive Hazarduari Palace and Museum, built in the Greek “Doric” style by an English architect, Duncan McLeod.
Fri 19 Mar 2021 - Mayapur
A restful morning, before our stop in the village of Mayapur, known as the birthplace of “Mahāprabhu", a Bengali Hindu mystic, considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Mayapur boasts a Krishna temple comparable in size to the Vatican, largely funded by Alfred B Ford, great grandson of the car-maker, Henry Ford. We’ll have the opportunity to meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.
Sat 20 Mar 2021 - Chandernagore
This morning we sail to Chandernagore, established as a French colony and trading post in 1673. We’ll explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor’s residence, now converted to a museum that depicts life during the period. Later, we’ll continue our journey downstream to Kolkata.
Sun 21 Mar 2021 - Kolkata
After breakfast we disembark Ganges Voyager to start our journey home from Kolkata Airport.
Mon 22 Mar 2021 - Arrive UK
We land back in the UK early morning today.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included daily, from dinner on arrival in Delhi on 8th March to breakfast on departure from Kolkata on 21st March. Additional refreshments may be included on board ship, and In-flight refreshments will be scheduled by the airlines. On the land tour, most lunches will be taken at local restaurants, with dinners at our featured hotels. On board ship, a free-flow, all-inclusive domestic wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water package is included. Bottled drinking water is also
included during the pre-cruise land tour and during cruise excursions and shore visits.