Ganges Cruise - Varanasi to Patna
Anyone who has travelled by train or plane through India, or who has been driven on Indian roads, will be amazed to learn that there is actually a way to travel through the country in total serenity and comfort. Yet it is in fact possible to cruise for some 1750 miles on the rivers and inland waterways of India, passing through great cities, alongside wildlife sanctuaries and historical monuments and into the heart of rural India. ASSAM BENGAL NAVIGATION are pioneers in this exploration.
Day 01 - Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi by road, rail or air (transfer from airport or railway station is included in the cruise price). Embark on your cruise ship and sail downstream a short distance before putting down anchor for the night. Enjoy dinner on board.
Day 02 – Rajghat
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. Carpet weaving and Chunar pottery are other attractions here. On the way back visit the Ramnagar Maharaja’s Palace and Museum before re-boarding at Rajghat.
Day 03 – Rajghat
Take rowing boats at dawn past the busy and colourful bathing ghats. After breakfast drive to visit the Buddhist site at Sarnath, the Deer Park where the Buddha preached his first sermon and the Archaeological Museum. PM 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 04 – Ghazipur
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 before returning to the ship for lunch and sail downstream towards Ghazipur. Alternatively some may prefer to stay back and explore Varanasi’s tempting shopping possibilities.
Day 05 – Buxar
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. We might also be able to spend a little time walking in the busy Ghazipur bazaar, a quintessential Indian experience. Later sail down towards Buxar.
Day 06 – 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 07 – 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 08 – Patna
After breakfast disembark & transferred to airport or railway station.
Itinerary subject to river conditions.
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