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The Lower Ganges

From £1,599 pp Cruise Only

There can be no river in the world as sacred as the Ganges and an expedition on the Lower Ganges, or Hooghly River, is one of the prettiest river journeys imaginable. The river wends its way through the lush countryside of West Bengal with its culturally significant towns crammed with temples and palaces. A rich and vibrant rural life abounds and there is never a dull moment as we sedately ply this pleasant waterway. Pandaw pioneered modern river expeditions in India. Originally using local partners, these cruises are now offered on one of the lovely Pandaw ships, vastly more suited to river expeditions in the tropics and far more comfortable too.

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights Luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom
  • Onboard dining
  • All shore excursions
  • Local mineral water, coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • Entertainment including cultural performances
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • On board gratuities

Call us for a tailor-made, flight inclusive package

Flowers at the flower market in Kolkata. India
Beautiful Victoria Memorial, Kolkata , West Bengal, India
Traditional hand pulled Indian rickshaws Kolkata
Indian colored spices at local market
Temples of Kalna India
Day 1 - Kolkata (EMBARK) - Barrackpore

Transfer from the meeting point at the Oberoi Grand to embark and sail at noon. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore to land and and take a walk through the cantonment – past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House.

Dinner

Day 2 - Kalna

Sail upstream and, after breakfast, land at the country town of Kalna. The town is more popularly known as Ambika Kalna, named after a very popular deity, Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika. It has numerous historical monuments such as the Rajbari (the palace) and the 108 Shiva temples. Take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.

Day 2 - Kalna

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Matiari

Visit the brass-working village of Matiari, a charming riverside village. Interact with the locals of Matiari and witness the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Later, cruise on and visit the battlefield of Plassey where, in 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, to change the course of Indian history. Moor close to Murshidabad for the night.

Day 3 - Matiari

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Murshidabad

This morning, walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughal-style garden that encloses the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah – the last independent Nawab of Bengal – and his family. Continue a little way upstream to where the great dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace hosts an extensive collection of pictures, china, weapons and other objects. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the ‘White Mughal’ period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion. Moor overnight on the riverbank across from town.

Day 4 - Murshidabad

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Baranagar - Ajimgani

Continue up the Hooghly which transforms into a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Morning walk through the fields of the delightfully sleepy village of Baranagar to visit its three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples. This is rural India at its most idyllic. Visit the Jain temples at Azimganj and the Bara Bari Palace and continue downstream.

Day 5 - Baranagar - Ajimgani

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Mayapur

Explore the village of Mayapur, the headquarters of the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrims’ bazaar.

Day 6 -  Mayapur

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Chandernagore - Hooghly

Sail to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950.  Visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, erstwhile Governor-General of French India. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. Sail into the night to a mooring near Kalna.

Day 7 - Chandernagore - Hooghly

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Kolkata (DISEMBARK)

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the Kolkata airport or hotel.

Breakfast

Kindat Pandaw - Exterior

The original Kindat was built in 1886 by Yarrows in London and sank in 1920. She was named after a small Upper Chindwin town.

Built in 2014 the new Kindat perfected the concept of a two deck shallow draft vessel.  A vessel that could go just about anywhere, anytime, and was big enough to carry 30-40 passengers with lots of outdoor deck space. This was achieved by reducing weight and stripping both hull and superstructure down to the bare essentials.

Pandaw had found with other vessels that about half the passengers want to eat outside and the other half inside so have created a flexible bistro space offering passenger indoor or outdoor dining depending on inclination, often prompted by the season. This makes for a very happy ship!

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

 

Kindat Pandaw - Deck

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 8 Upper Deck & 10 Main deck staterooms 170ft² in size and finished in Teak and Brass
  • Bistro style dining room with outside seating and air-conditioning inside
  • 24 hr hospitality Bar
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners.  Daily lean & light menu options and freshly baked bread
  • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Wireless internet in all public areas
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • Complimentary local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
  • Welcome drink on arrival, Welcome cocktail, Farewell reception

Accommodation & Amenities

The 18 staterooms, air-conditioning 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass with panoramic French window, leading to personal outdoor deck space.

En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC, Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities.

Unlimited mineral water in your cabin, with complimentary aluminium water bottles.

Upper Deck

170 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Panoramic French windows leading to personal deck space
  • Twin or double bed configuration with premium mattresses and quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows.
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC
  • Kimonos, slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Electric mini Safe, hair dryer, yoga mat
  • Welcome flower arrangement, welcome gift & evening canapés
  • Multi-configuration plugs
Kindat Pandaw - Twin Cabin Window
Kindat Pandaw - Twin Cabin

Main Deck

170 ft² – Main Deck

  • Panoramic French windows leading to personal deck space
  • Twin or double bed configuration with premium mattresses and quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows.
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC
  • Kimonos, slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Electric mini Safe, hair dryer, yoga mat
  • Welcome flower arrangement, welcome gift & evening canapés
  • Multi-configuration plugs
Kalaw Pandaw - Exterior

Sister to Kindat, and identical in design, Kalaw was launched  in 2014 and is named after the PS Kalaw launched in 1917 and sunk in 1942 in the War.  Paul Strachan witnessed the salvaging of PS Kalaw in 1998 and managed to acquire her name plate and bell, the former of which has been reused on her namesake.

Like Kindaw, Kalaw perfects the concept of a two deck shallow draft vessel.  A vessel that could go just about anywhere, anytime, and was big enough to carry 30-40 passengers with lots of outdoor deck space. This was achieved by reducing weight and stripping both hull and superstructure down to the bare essentials.

Pandaw had found with other vessels that about half the passengers want to eat outside and the other half inside so have created a flexible bistro space offering passenger indoor or outdoor dining depending on inclination, often prompted by the season. This makes for a very happy ship!

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

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Kalaw Pandaw - Deck

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 8 Upper Deck & 10 Main deck staterooms 170ft² in size and finished in Teak and Brass
  • Bistro style dining room with outside seating and air-conditioning inside
  • 24 hr hospitality Bar
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners.  Daily lean & light menu options and freshly baked bread
  • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • Complimentary local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
  • Welcome drink on arrival, Welcome cocktail, Farewell reception
  • Wireless internet in all public areas

Accommodation & Amenities

The 18 staterooms, air-conditioning 170 square feet, finished in teak and brass with panoramic French window, leading to personal outdoor deck space.

En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC, Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities.

Unlimited mineral water in your cabin, with complimentary aluminium water bottles.

Upper Deck

170 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Panoramic French windows leading to personal deck space
  • Twin or double bed configuration with premium mattresses and quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows.
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC
  • Kimonos, slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Electric mini Safe, hair dryer, yoga mat
  • Welcome flower arrangement, welcome gift & evening canapés
  • Multi-configuration plugs
Kindat Pandaw - Twin Cabin Window
Kalaw Pandaw - Twin Cabin with Bathroom

Main Deck

170 ft² – Main Deck

  • Panoramic French windows leading to personal deck space
  • Twin or double bed configuration with premium mattresses and quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows.
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC
  • Kimonos, slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Electric mini Safe, hair dryer, yoga mat
  • Welcome flower arrangement, welcome gift & evening canapés
  • Multi-configuration plugs
Kalaw Pandaw - Deck Plan
RV Katha Pandaw

RV Pandaw Katha is a radical new design, based on the old K class used in Burma from the 1880s and is the third Katha to run on the Irrawaddy.

The first was built at Dalla in 1887 but lost on the Chindwin in 1889, the second by Denny of Dumbarton in 1904 and decommissioned in 1937 and the third was built by Pandaw in Vietnam in 2012.

With only two decks these smaller K class ships have lower air draft so can get under bridges and shallower draft, for cruising more challenging stretches of river.

Refitted for expedition sailings in India from September 2019, she now has only 14 cabins and an enlarged indoor saloon / dining area as winter cruising in India can be chilly first thing.

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

RV Katha Pandaw - Disembarking

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 4 Upper Deck & 10 Main deck staterooms 170ft² in size and finished in Teak and Brass
  • Bistro style dining room with outside seating and air-conditioning inside
  • 24 hr hospitality Bar
  • Semi-buffet breakfast, Semi-buffet lunch, and seated theme dinners.  Daily lean & light menu options and freshly baked bread
  • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team
  • Library with contemporary and classic literature
  • Complimentary local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes, and ship tour
  • Welcome drink on arrival, Welcome cocktail, Farewell reception
  • Wireless internet in all public areas

Accommodation & Amenities

All 14 air conditioned staterooms are 170 square feet in size, finished in teak and brass with panoramic French window, leading to personal outdoor deck space.

Each features, en-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC, Kimonos and slippers and Spa-branded amenities.

Unlimited mineral water is available in your cabin, with complimentary aluminium water bottles.

Upper Deck

170 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Panoramic French windows leading to personal deck space
  • Twin or double bed configuration with premium mattresses and quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows.
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC
  • Kimonos, slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Electric mini Safe, hair dryer, yoga mat
  • Welcome flower arrangement, welcome gift & evening canapés
  • Multi-configuration plugs
RV Katha Pandaw - Twin Cabin
RV Katha Pandaw - Double Cabin

Main Deck

170 ft² – Main Deck

  • Panoramic French windows leading to personal deck space
  • Twin or double bed configuration with premium mattresses and quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows.
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and WC
  • Kimonos, slippers and Spa-branded amenities
  • Air conditioning with individual control
  • Electric mini Safe, hair dryer, yoga mat
  • Welcome flower arrangement, welcome gift & evening canapés
  • Multi-configuration plugs
Katha Pandaw - Deck Plan

Cruise Price Includes: Transfer between meeting point Kolkata, Ship and drop off point Kolkata, train ticket Farakka – Kolkata or v.v., entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Cruise Price Excludes: Flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers. Flight inclusive packages available on request.  Please call 0800 471 4754 for details


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Why Choose This Cruise?

The Pandaw experience is all about exploring remote and often hard to navigate rivers and coasts in specially designed luxury small ships. each ship, hand crafted in brass and teak, is an object of beauty in itself. A Pandaw adventure is very different from that offered on an ocean cruise. The ships are small in scale, and the atmosphere is informal and very friendly. Make you trip a memorable one and talk to us about the add on available to your cruise, we can book your flights, transfers, hotels and pre and post cruise stays with included excursions for you. 0800 471 4754

Pre and post cruise extensions

Stay longer and see more that Vietnam & Cambodia has to offer. 3 nights in Ho Chi Minh City (Saignon), stay at the luxury 5* Intercontinental Asiana.  Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels built by the Viet Cong, before spending the afternoon evening exploring the city. 5 Nights in Hue and Hoi An for a 2 night stay before you stay in Ho Chi Minh City for 3 nights 2 nights, to explore Angkor, visit the famous Angkor Wat temple, Angkor Thom whilst staying in luxury at Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa or Jaya House Riverpark. Please call us on 0800 471 4754 for further information, these pre and post stays are flexible and can be arranged to suit your requirements.

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