Board Ganges Voyager II for a 16-day cruise and rail journey as you explore in detail the many alluring aspects of Indian tradition. Initiate your trip on the Ganges Voyager II, a magnificent riverboat. Experience wellness program, based on the ancient tradition and practice of yoga, while visiting off-the-beaten-path settlements along the Ganges River. As you travel down the Ganges, you will see many different parts of Indian culture, from the beautiful Hindu temples in Kalna to the busy flower markets in Kolkata. After that, you'll disembark and continue your journey on the Maharajas' Express to India's most famous destinations. This glitzy train will take you to Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, known as the "Pink City," and Jodhpur, known as the "Blue City," the romantic "Venice of the East," and Mumbai, where the Bollywood film industry is based. A once-in-a-lifetime trip to India promises all of this and more.
Visit Udaipur, the "Venice of the East"
Explore Bikaner City, a red sandstone-carved princely city
Discover Ranthambore, the home of Bengal tigers
Marvel at the authentic artisan village of Matiari
Arrive at Kolkata Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Ganges Voyager II.
Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman— which you’ll experience today. After marveling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colorful local market.
One of the world’s most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages and highly populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and be on the lookout for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
Wellness: You may choose to relax and unwind with a body massage or treatment onboard at the soothing Voyager Spa.
Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the center of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here as well. You’ll visit this former French outpost today.
Disembark the ship for your flight to New Delhi. Take the afternoon at leisure to rest at your hotel, The Oberoi New Delhi, or join on a panoramic tour of the city that includes a visit to Humayun’s Tomb.
Day 9: New Delhi | Embark The Maharajas’ Express, Agra
Start the day early with a morning visit to the Agra Fort, then return to the train for breakfast as you head towards Ranthambore, home to a national park known for its large population of Bengal tigers.
Pink is the color of hospitality in northwestern India, which gives you an idea of what to expect in the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Spend the morning visiting the city’s famous Amber Fort, and the evening enjoying dinner out at an exclusive venue.
Day 12: Bikaner
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gaze out at the countryside while you enjoy breakfast onboard. In the 15th century, what was once a barren desert gave rise to a princely city carved of red sandstone. This city, Bikaner, is the site of your explorations today. Enjoy some free time in the morning to explore on your own or relax onboard before afternoon explorations. Tonight, a special dinner experience awaits in the deserts outside the city.
Having seen India’s “Pink City” already, now it’s time for you to visit the “Blue City” of Jodhpur. Swaths of brightly painted blue houses can be found throughout the city’s streets. Once an indication that a Brahmin—a member of India’s priestly class—inhabited a dwelling, the blue color later became emblematic of the city itself and a popular choice amongst its residents.
Later this evening, enjoy dinner off the train at an exclusive venue.
Sprawling across seven lakes and a range of hillsides, Udaipur has earned itself the moniker “the Venice of the East.” It is certainly amongst the most scenic locales in all of India, and a highlight of adventures in this many splendored country. During your explorations of Udaipur today, sit for lunch at a local spot in town.
Day 15: Mumbai | Disembark
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark the train and transfer to your hotel for the night, The Oberoi Hotel Mumbai, which is situated right on the coast of the Arabian sea.
Day 16: Mumbai
Check out of your hotel. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Mumbai Airport for your flight home.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!