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The City of Lights River Cruise

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Overview

On this tour you cruise through river Ganges through the sacred city of Varanasi itself. Operating only in periods of high water, when India is at its most lush and attractive, they explore untouched villages and towns of rural India along the river between Patna and Varanasi.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

• Delhi - Full day city tour of Old and New Delhi, Jama Masjid, The Presidential Palace, Qutab Minar and Humayun's tomb
• Varanasi - Embark on your cruise ship and set sail
• Rajghat - Chunar - visit the Ramnagar Maharaja's Palace and Museum
• Sarnath - Drive to the Buddhist site at Sarnath
• Jaunpur - Mughal Bridge and Atala mosque
• Ghazipur - Tomb of Lord Cornwallis
• Buxar - Ghagra - Visit the memorial on the battlefield and the old East India Company cemetery
• Ghagra - Patna - Moghul tomb at Maner

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met & assisted by our representative & will be transferred to your hotel.

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city that has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. It has been the capital of at least seven or eight great civilizations, and each of them has left monuments worth exploring.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the surroundings on your own.

Stay overnight in New Delhi.

Day 2 - Delhi

Today after breakfast, you will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk.

In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and all the government buildings. Also visit the glorious Qutab Minar and the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.

Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in New Delhi.

Day 3 - Delhi to Varanasi

Today morning after breakfast, you will be assisted & transferred in your private car to connect flight to Varanasi.

Upon arrival in Varanasi, you will be transferred to the cruise embarkation point.

Embark on your cruise ship and sail downstream a short distance before putting down anchor for the night. Enjoy dinner on board.

Day 4 - Cruising (Rajghat - Chunar)

AM sail up to anchor near the Rajghat. Disembark and drive to Chunar to see the great Moghul fort, the old British cemetery and the Moghul tombs nearby. On the way back visit the Ramnagar Maharaja's Palace and Museum before re-boarding at Rajghat.

Day 5 - Cruising (Sarnath)

Take rowing boats at dawn past the busy and colourful bathing ghats.

After breakfast drive to the Buddhist site at Sarnath, the Deer Park where Buddha preached his first sermon and the Archaeological Museum.

Disembark by boat and take a walk in the busy alleys of Varanasi to experience the beating heart of the city and join the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Return to ABN Rajmahal moored at Rajghat.

Day 6 - Cruising (Jaunpur)

After breakfast on board, disembark and drive to the city of Jaunpur to see the Mughal Bridge, visit its ancient fort and walk to see the splendid Atala mosque. Sail downstream towards Ghazipur.

Day 7 - Cruising (Ghazipur)

AM Sail. After breakfast disembark at Ghazipur and visit the imposing tomb of Lord Cornwallis, the general defeated by George Washington in 1781 so arguably responsible for the loss of the American colonies.

Later sail down towards Buxar.

Day 8 - Cruising (Buxar - Ghagra)

After breakfast disembark to the country town of Buxar, famous for the battle fought here in 1764, which, together with Plassey, laid the foundations of the British Raj. Visit the memorial on the battlefield and the old East India Company cemetery in town. Later take a short cycle rickshaw ride up to the ghats of Buxar. Sail down to anchor near confluence of Ghagra.

Day 9 - Cruising (Ghagra - Patna)

Cruise past the busy river port of Doriganj and the confluence with the Sone River to a ghat from which we visit the spectacular small Moghul tomb at Maner. Sail down to anchor at Patna.

Day 10 - Disembark and fly from Patna - Delhi

Today morning after breakfast, disembark and you will be transferred to Patna airport to connect flight to Delhi.

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be assisted & transferred to your hotel.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 - Depart Delhi

Today morning after breakfast, you will be assisted & transferred in your private car to connect flight back home.

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The City of Lights River Cruise

the city of lights river cruise
  • Day 1Arrive Delhi
  • Day 2Delhi
  • Day 3Delhi to Varanasi
  • Day 4Rajghat
  • Day 5Rajghat
  • Day 6Rajghat
  • Day 7Buxar
  • Day 8Ghagra
  • Day 9Patna
  • Day 10Patna to Delhi
  • Day 11Depart Delhi

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