Colorful India & The Ganges River With Southern India, Varanasi & Kathmandu

10/18/2019 through 11/14/2020
10/18/2019 through 12/07/2020
Avalon Waterways

Enter a world of color, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India and Nepal. Your guided tour of India, Nepal, and Ganges River cruise begins in the Southern India city of Cochin, where you’ll take a cruise on the backwaters of Kerala to witness life along the scenic and serene waterways. Explore Mumbai, home to “Bollywood,” and Varanasi, to watch the Hindu’s devotional bathing in the Ganges.

Continue on to the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city with your expert local guide, and take a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk bazaar-brimming with everything from silver and spices to saris of every color. You’ll visit Qutub Minar-the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before traveling to Agra-site of the legendary Taj Mahal.
Join a sunrise excursion to the Taj Mahal-the iconic memorial build by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. More than 20 years in the making, the Taj Mahal stands as the pinnacle of love’s devotion, and is also yours to experience at sunset if you wish.

You’ll enjoy the city of Jaipur, with its famous Palace of the Winds, and spectacular Amber Fort, before flying to Kolkata to board your Ganges river cruise. The holy river of Hinduism, the Ganges, slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. See muslin weaving in Kalna and candy making in Matiari. Stop in Murshidabad for an excursion to Azimganj and Jiaganj-to savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata.

In Kathmandu, sightseeing is spread over two leisurely days. Visits include Hanuman Dhoka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess, a child thought to be the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess. You’ll also journey to Patan and Bouddhanath, Nepal’s largest stupa.

All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation with a guided tour of India and Nepal with a Ganges River cruise.

Included Features:

Day 1 Cochin, India: Welcome to India

Day 2 Cochin: Sightseeing including the Chinese Fishing nets, walking tour through Jewish Quarter, and Kerala Folklore Museum; cruise on the backwaters of Kerala

Day 3 Cochin–Mumbai: Fly to Mumbai.

Day 4 Mumbai: See the Gateway of India; visits to the Hanging Gardens, Mumbai Museum, and Mani Bhavan.

Day 5 Mumbai–Varanasi: Fly to Varanasi. Witness the Ganga Aarti

Day 6 Varanasi–Delhi: Watch the Hindus’ devotional bathing ritual; excursion to Sarnath; fly to Delhi.

Day 7 Delhi: See Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace; rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk bazaar

Day 8 Delhi–Agra: Sightseeing including visits to Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; drive to Agra

Day 9 Agra: Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal; Agra Fort; sunset visit to Taj Mahal

Day 10 Agra–Jaipur: Drive to Jaipur; afternoon sightseeing including visits to the City Palace and Jantar Mantar

Day 11 Jaipur: Excursion to Amber Fort; time at leisure; cultural performance in evening

Day 12 Jaipur–Kolkata (Embarkation): Fly to Kolkata; onboard welcome reception

Day 13 Kalna: Sightseeing by rickshaw; visit a temple complex to receive blessings from a priest and visit a muslin-weaver’s home

Day 14 Matiari: Walking tour of village to interact with brass craftsmen and see traditional sweets being made

Day 15 Murshidabad. Excursion to Azimganj & Jiaganj: Walking tour of Azimganj to see gold and silversmith workshops; sample tea in a local home; travel by electric rickshaw to see saree weaving in Jiaganj

Day 16 Mayapur–Guptipara: Morning visit to the ISKCON temple in Mayapur; rickshaw ride through Guptipara to see pottery-making and a farmer’s home

Day 17 Kolkata: Guided walk through the flower market; visit Mother Teresa’s Home, the Calcutta Rescue, and the Victoria Memorial Museum; farewell dance performance

Day 18 Kolkata–Kathmandu, Nepal: Fly to Nepal

Day 19 Kathmandu: Sightseeing with visits to Hanuman Dhoka and the Temple of Kumari

Day 20 Kathmandu: Visit Bouddahanath; excursion to Patan

Day 21 Kathmandu: Your vacation ends

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Day 1 Cochin, India
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Day 4 Mumbai
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Day 5 Mumbai-varanasi
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Day 6 Varanasi-delhi
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Day 9 Agra
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Day 10 Agra-jaipur
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Day 11 Jaipur
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Day 12 Jaipur-kolkata (Embarkation)
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Day 13 Kalna
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Day 15 Murshidabad. Excursion To Azimganj & Jiaganj
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Day 16 Mayapur-guptipara
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Day 17 Kolkata
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Day 18 Kolkata-kathmandu, Nepal
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Day 19 Kathmandu
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Day 20 Kathmandu
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Day 21 Kathmandu
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