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Colorful India & The Ganges River with Cochin & Kathmandu

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 Trip Starts
Cochin
 Trip Finishes
Kathmandu
21 Day Colorful India & The Ganges River with Cochin & Kathmandu Itinerary (Avalon)
Countries Explored: India Nepal
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Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Avalon's 21 Day Colorful India & The Ganges River with Cochin & Kathmandu. Enter a world of colour, 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...read more 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 colour. You’ll visit Qutub Minar - the world’s largest brick minaret, and see Delhi’s largest Sikh gurudwara (house of worship), before travelling 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 tour a historic mansion and see a gold and silver making demonstration 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 holiday with a guided tour of India and Nepal with a Ganges River cruise.

Itinerary

Welcome to Cochin, the "Gateway to Kerala," India's southernmost state known for its natural beauty. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Your Guided Tour starts with a visit to the Kerala Folklore Museum which aims to educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. Then, drive out of the city to embark an unforgettable afternoon Cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. Explore and witness local life along these serene waterways surrounded by lush palm trees and paddy fields. (B/L)

Today, fly to Mumbai, a multicultural metropolis with a colourful history. This vibrant city is now India's premier seaport, centre of culture and industry, and home to the "Bollywood" movie industry. (B)

Your Guided Tour starts with an orientation for photos at some of the cities famous sites, including Victoria Terminus and the Gateway of India. Then, witness Mumbai's fascinating tiffen lunch box delivery system. At Churchgate Station, the dabbawalas (box carriers) transfer the lunch boxes onto a wooden cart on a local train. Board the train for the short ride to Mahalaxmi Station where you'll disembark and watch the boxes being sorted by colour for final delivery. Lastly, stop to see a traditional Dhobi Ghat (open-air laundromat) and visit Mani Bhavan, the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi. After lunch, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. (B/L)

Fly to Varanasi, the holiest of Hindu pilgrim cities. Early this evening, witness the Ganga Aarti (spiritual worship) on the ghats (steps) leading down to the sacred Ganges River. (B/D)

Around dawn, board a Boat Excursion and watch a striking religious ritual-the Hindus' devotional bathing in the Ganges. You'll observe hundreds of pilgrims gathered at the river's edge, some practicing yoga, others meditating, and still others bathing fully clothed. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure prior to flying to Delhi. (B/L)

Saris, Spices, and Silver

Classic: Today's Guided Sightseeing starts with an orientation tour to see the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and the Presidential Palace. Afterward, take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, a captivating local bazaar-with its ancient alleyways lined with quaint shops offering everything from silver and saris to spices and electronics. After lunch in a local restaurant, enjoy a bit of leisure time. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at your hotel. (B/L/D)

Monuments of Worship and Remembrance

Classic: This morning, take a Guided Excursion to visit Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret, dating back to the 11th century. Next, visit Humayun's Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi's largest and most prominent Sikh gurudwara (house of worship).

After lunch, drive to Agra and settle in at your hotel. (B/L)

Love's Crowning Achievement

Classic: Start your day with a Sunrise Excursion to the incomparable Taj Mahal-Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan's memorial to his beloved wife-more than 20 years in the making.

Classic: Later, take a Guided Tour to Agra Fort, built by the Moghul Emperor Akbar. This formidable fortress of red sandstone conceals the imperial city of the Moghul rulers and its many palaces. For those interested, an excursion to the Taj Mahal at sunset is included. (B/D)

Welcome to the Pink City Travel to Jaipur-the "Pink City" that was painted pink for the Prince of Wales' 1876 visit. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon and evening at your leisure. (B/L)

A Maharaja's Marble Palace and Gateway to the Stars

Classic: Today, join a Guided Excursion to Jaipur's spectacular Amber Fort, built entirely of white marble and red sandstone, and featuring intricate mosaics, carvings, paintings, and mirror works.

Classic: This afternoon, take a guided tour of the City Palace and the adjoining museum, which houses a collection of rare manuscripts. Also, stop at Jantar Mantar, a fascinating astronomical observatory built in the early 18th century. (B/D)

Welcome to West Bengal. Your Ship Awaits. Fly to Kolkata this morning to transfer to your ship. Get acquainted with the ship prior to your welcome reception this evening.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO KALNA (B/L/D)

Rituals, Rickshaws, and Muslin Weavers

Discovery: Ride on cycle rickshaws during your Guided Exploration of Kalna. Along the way, visit the historic terracotta temple complex and receive blessings from the temple priest. Also, visit a muslin-weaver's home.

Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MATIARI (B/L/D)

Sweet Shops and Shiny Brass

Discovery: Join a Guided Walk through the village of Matiari where fascinating scenes of everyday life unfold in front of you. Stop to see how traditional sweets are made and explore the local produce market. The village is best known for brass-making and you'll see how scrap metal is recycled to make figurines and functional items such as tea sets and vases. For the final step, watch a talented craftsman delicately hand-Aammer intricate patterns into the brass.

Enjoy a free afternoon on board your ship.

AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO MURSHIDABAD (B/L/D)

Silversmiths, Tea Service, and Silk Sarees

Discovery: Guided Sightseeing brings you to two towns on opposite sides of the river. In Jiaganj, travel by electric rickshaw to see the art of Baluchari saree weaving. In Azimganj, walk through the local crafts market and explore Bari Kothi, a former residence that has been restored to its former grandeur after being abandoned for over half a century. You'll also witness a silverand gold-making demonstration.

Relax this afternoon on board your ship.

EVENING SAILING TO MAYAPUR: MAYAPUR (B/L/D)

A Holy Pilgrimage on the Ganges

Classic: Your Morning Excursion brings you to the fascinating ISKCON campus at Mayapur, the worldwide headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement. A Krishna leader will guide you throughout your visit to introduce you to their philosophy and life on campus, Along the way, you'll tour the main temple and have time for questions.

Discovery: This afternoon, climb aboard a Rickshaw (Toto) for your visit to the small riverside village of Guptipara. Along the way, see pottery and idol making. You'll also visit a farmer's home to interact with the family.

EVENING SAILING TO KOLKATA: KOLKATA (B/L/D)

Flowers, Faith, and Victorian Art

Classic: This morning, take a Guided Walk through the colourful flower market. Afterward, focus on the life and work of Mother Teresa who dedicated her life to helping the city's poor. Stop at her former home prior to visiting Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, a home for orphaned children run by Missionaries of Charity which she founded in 1950.

Classic: After lunch, join a Guided Visit to the Victoria Memorial Museum. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the museum houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons, and other artifacts from the Victorian era.

Tonight, a farewell Dance Performance is presented on the ship. (B/L/D)

Today, fly to Nepal. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)

Today, your Guided Sightseeing starts with a visit to Hanuman Dhoka, the historic seat of royalty. Then, visit the Temple of Kumari, residence of the Living Goddess and said to be constructed from the wood of a single tree. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Kathmandu. (B/L)

Start your Sightseeing Tour at Bouddahanath, one of the largest stupas in the world and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Then, continue to Patan, formerly known as Lalitpur ("City of Beauty"). Here, stop in Durbar Square, the city's centre of business and home to several Buddhist and Hindu sites. The remainder of the day is free. (B/L)

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Category B
Deluxe Suite
Main Deck (Level 1)
 
Category A
Deluxe Suite
 
Heritage Suite
 
Viceroy Suite
 
Maharaja Suite
Upper Deck (Level 2)
Sun Deck (Level 3)

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  • Deluxe suite 260 sq ft/ 24 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Deluxe suites include robes and slippers, spa-quality Molten Brown bath products, pillow menu, a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, flat-screen television with on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, iPhone docking station with alarm clock, and makeup mirror
  • Heritage Suite 280 sq ft/ 26 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Four posted bed (cannot be split into twin beds)
  • Heritage suites include robes and slippers, spa-quality Molten Brown bath products, pillow menu, a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, flat-screen television with on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, iPhone docking station with alarm clock, and makeup mirror
  • Viceroy Suite 360 sq ft/ 33.4 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, and private bathroom with rain shower
  • Four posted bed (cannot be split into twin beds)
  • Viceroy suites include robes and slippers, spa-quality Molten Brown bath products, pillow menu, a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, flat-screen television with on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, iPhone docking station with alarm clock, and makeup mirror
  • Maharaja Suite 400 sq ft/ 37.1 sq m
  • French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Cozy sitting area, private bathroom with rain shower and deep soaker tub with lattice-screened window.
  • Four posted bed (cannot be split into twin beds)
  • Maharaja suites include robes and slippers, spa-quality Molten Brown bath products, pillow menu, a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, flat-screen television with on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, iPhone docking station with alarm clock, and makeup mirror

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