Exotic India offers a special vacation for anyone looking for something out of the ordinary. See this remarkable country up-close and personal by taking a luxury cruise on the iconic Ganges River – its spiritual heart. Experience a kaleidoscope of rich colors, sounds and tastes in this remarkable place of cultural diversity. Wherever you look, there is something unique to behold, from stunning architecture and fascinating history to India’s famous tigers, elephants and other wildlife.
Find the many hidden delights of the Ganges River — considered sacred by Hindus – on a luxury river cruise. From your air-conditioned oasis and the comfort of your private balcony, view daily life along the riverbanks as you pass picturesque villages and ancient cities. Visit local markets and colorful bazaars. Take a rickshaw ride on the crowded bustling streets filled with local vendors and shops.
Exquisite dining experiences, musical performances, fascinating expert lecturers and much more are featured on new luxury ships of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Haimark Luxury River Expeditions.
Ganges River Cruise Highlights
Unique features of a luxury Ganges River cruise include visiting the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal — a majestic white marble mausoleum commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it couples romance and history. See the monument at sunrise when it is aglow with a soft pink luster. While here, also spend time at Agra Fort, one of India’s most majestic. In New Delhi, enjoy the panoramic views, including the two-toned sandstone and marble Red Fort. Visit the home in Kolkata on the Lower Ganges, where Mother Theresa once lived and where she is buried.
Take a thrilling trishaw ride through the heart of “Temple City” while in Kalna and see the country’s densest concentration of temples, many intricately carved and all magnificent. Unique tours include the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur. See the world’s largest sundial and a vast collection of astronomical instruments at the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Rajasthan’s “Princely City.” There is also Ranthambore’s tiger-filled national park.
On an extended land stay, go to the city of Varanasi, one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Dating back over five thousand years, it is considered the holiest spot on the sacred Ganges. Every night at sunset here, witness the Hindu worshiping of the river. Light a candle which is placed on the water and that you make a wish on. This is an unforgettable experience.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Experience all this and more on luxury line Uniworld River Cruises‘ all suite 56-guest Ganges Voyager II which will debut in India in January 2016. Inspired by the elegance of the British colonial period, discerning travelers will feel right at home on this beautiful ship.
All-inclusive amenities include gratuities, “culinary experiences” and other dining options, unlimited beverages, including fine wine, beer and more. Shore excursions hosted by local English-speaking experts, Internet and Wi-Fi are also complimentary.
Select from 28 ultra-spacious staterooms with all the amenities of a five-star hotel. Luxurious appointments include many with marble bathrooms and French balconies, flat-screen TVs and high-end toiletries. Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds with fine linens will indulge you.
Dine on exquisite Indian and Western cuisine at the East India Dining Room, enjoy drinks at the Governor’s Lounge and watch the amazing views from a comfy lounge chair on the Observation Deck. Experience a myriad of rejuvenating treatments at the Voyager Spa and use the latest equipment at the Fitness Center.
Uniworld’s land packages include a stay in New Delhi and Agra at luxurious hotels before the sailing. Seven-day cruises offer the opportunity to see the awe-inspiring sights in depth. Exotic seven-night Ganges River cruises include New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, known as the Golden Triangle — one of the most culturally rich areas of India’s subcontinent — Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), Kalna, Matiari, Khosbagan, Mayapur and Chandannagar.
Haimark Luxury River Expeditions
Equally luxurious is Haimark’s 56-guest Ganges Voyager, which was launched in January 2015, offering the five-star hospitality the line is acclaimed for. Travel in the utmost of comfort on seven-day cruises roundtrip from Kolkata, including Kalna, Matiari, Khosbagan, Mayapur and Chandannagar.
Luxuriate in stunning suites reflecting the style of the British colonial era. The spacious suites all feature a cozy sitting area, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, most of which lead to French balconies, fine bed linens, a flat screen LCD TV with on-Demand, individual climate control, plush robes and more.
Sip on your favorite cocktail handcrafter to your liking with new found friends at the Governor’s Lounge. Relax and rejuvenate at the serene Voyager Spa with both Western and regional treatments. Wherever you go on the stunning Ganges Voyager it will be a peaceful retreat to relax and absorb the fascinating experiences from your days on shore. Dine on your choice of exquisite Indian cuisine and sumptuous Western dishes as well as themed dinners at the India Dining Room. Enjoy nightly entertainment in the lounge. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship’s public areas.
Visit these many special places and so much more when you take a luxury Ganges River cruise. Discerning travelers who are returning to India and first-timers will appreciate the voyage of a lifetime on these luxurious river ships.