Cruising on Brahmaputra

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Cruising on Brahmaputra

Set sails for a sacred encounter in Varanasi aboard the ABN Rajmahal, equipped with spacious and luxurious cabins, and designed tastefully to reflect India and its colonial past. Sailing on the River Ganges from Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, will make you feel like a part of history and spirituality. The religious symbolism, the ancient tombs and palaces as well as historical museums will bring you closer to the country’s past and present. As you explore the bustling local markets, you will feel the pulse of this part of the world where faith still reigns and an order prevails amidst the chaos. 

Tour Nights

  • Delhi: 3 nights
  • Patna: 1 nights
  • Cruise Bengal Despatch: 7 nights
  • Tour code: AWI68
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Group Tour
  • Fixed Departure

Tour At a Glance

  • Explore New Delhi – a delightful place with ancient heritage and modern charms
  • Visit the city’s major tourist sites such as Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutub Minar
  • Enjoy the hospitality of the famous ABN Rajmahal cruise ship
  • Visit the city of Jaunpur and explore its different attractions
  • Marvel at the tomb of Lord Charles Cornwallis in Ghazipur
  • Discover the historical charms of the city of Buxar
  • Explore the city of Varanasi and be a part of the famed ‘Ganga Aarti’

Itinerary details

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  • Day 01 UK to Delhi
    UK to Delhi

    Depart from UK an overnight flight to Delhi.

  • Day 02 Arrival Delhi
    Arrival Delhi

    Arrive at International airport, after traditional welcome by our representative would assist you at New Delhi transfer to hotel for check in. New Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 03 Delhi

    After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. Stalk around the sprawling metropolis which is a bewitching blend of the past and the present. Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Swami Narayan Temple and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara are some of the famous edifices that lead the list of all the travellers here. An extensive sight-seeing tour of Delhi would include a visit to Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Rajpath, Parliament House, The President’s residence and a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Visit the magnificent Lotus temple at the sunset. Overnight stay at the hotel. Read More

  • Day 04 Delhi to Varanasi (join cruise)
    Delhi to Varanasi (join cruise)

    Post breakfast, transferred to airport in Delhi to board flight towards Varanasi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to the boat. Next 7 nights to be spent on the ABN Rajmahal Cruise ship.Dinner on board.

  • Day 05 Varanasi-Rajghat-Chunar

    Anchor near Rajghat. Make a visit to the Fort Chunar this day and learn about the popular art of carpet weaving and Chunnar pottery in the area. Also explore the old British cemetery, the Moghul tombs, the Ramnagar Maharaja’s Palace and Museum before re-boarding the cruise ship at Rajghat. 

  • Day 06 Varanasi-Sarnath

    Explore the bustling and colourful ghats of the Ganges on a boat at sunrise. Post breakfast, drive to Sarnath, 12 kilometres from Varanasi. Here, visit the Deer Park where Buddha preached his first discourse and the Archaeological Museum Sarnath, one of the oldest in India. Reach back in time to discover the local markets in Varanasi in the evening. After the other-worldly ‘Ganga Aarti’ evening ceremony, return to the cruise ship moored at Rajghat. 

  • Day 07 Jaunpur

    Visit the city of Jaunpur. The Jaunpur Fort, the 16th century Shahi Bridge, and the historical Atala Mosque are the major attractions in the city. Return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Ghazipur. Alternatively, you can stay back and explore the local markets of Varanasi. 

  • Day 08 Ghazipur

    After breakfast, visit the tomb of Lord Charles Cornwallis, the lieutenant general of the British during the American Revolution, in Ghazipur. Find a souvenir to take back home in the Ghazipur bazaar. Set sail for Buxar later in the day. 

  • Day 09 Buxar

    After breakfast, disembark the cruise ship in Buxar for exploring the battle memorial dedicated to the 1764’s Battle of Buxar. Visit the Bankipore cemetery, containing graves of East India Company officials and local indigo planters. Take a romantic cycle rickshaw ride for exploring the ghats of Buxar later in the day. 

  • Day 10 Maner

    Sail past the Doriganj ghat and the confluence with the Sone River to reach Maner. Here, pay your respects at tombs of Sufi saints Makhdoom Yahya Maneri and Makhdoom Shah Daulat. Sail down to anchor at Patna. 

  • Day 11 Patna

    Cruise to Patna in the morning. Disembark and visit the attractions of this city town. Overnight stay at hotel in Patna.

  • Day 12 Delhi

    Have breakfast, board flight to Delhi. Reach Delhi, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

  • Day 13 Delhi to UK Departure
    Delhi to UK Departure

    Post breakfast, transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories.


Shimla - ( 04 Nights ) (Day 13 to Day 17)

Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of the British, is today the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. For a small town, this place is absolutely teeming with appeal whether it is hills, fruit orchards, flowering meadows or nostalgic colonial history.


Day 1

To Shimla

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Chandigarh. Upon arrival proceed towards Shimla by car and transfer to hotel for 3 nights stay in Shimla. Read More


Days 2-3


At leisure.


Day 4

To Delhi

Post breakfast, proceed towards to board the UNESCO-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka and early this evening you will board the Shatabdi Express to Delhi. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi. Read More


Day 5


Transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Amritsar - ( 02 Nights ) (Day 13 to Day 15)

Amritsar, in Punjab, hides up its sleeves a multi faceted allure for tourists in the form of the beautiful Golden Temple, the historic Jallianwala Bagh, the Ram Bagh Gardens & the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Also the Sunset Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border here is most captivating and worth a watch.


Day 1

To Amritsar

Post breakfast, transfer to the railway station and proceed towards your onward journey to Amritsar by Shatabdi Express. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Amritsar.  Read More


Day 2


This Morning visit the Golden Temple, the heart of the Sikh religion and the somber gardens of Jallianwallah Bagh memorial and the Ram Bagh Gardens with the summer palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In the afternoon, proceed towards Wagah on the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular Sunset Retreat Ceremony. Read More


Day 3


Transfer to the airport in Amritsar via Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Ananda Spa and Wellness - ( 05 Nights ) (Day 13 to Day 18)

Rishikesh, often referred to as the world Yoga capital, is a town that sits on the banks of River Ganga in the foothills of Shivalik mountain ranges. The region is known for its tranquil environs, ancient temples and art of holistic healing, which attract people to its throes from far and wide.


Day 1

To Rishikesh

Post breakfast, transfer to airport towards your onward journey to Dehradun. Continue by car to Ananda in The Himalayas in Rishikesh for a 5-night stay. Read More


Days 2-5


At leisure. Wellness Package • Individual Wellness consultation• Ayurvedic consultation • Personal fitness consultation•Fitness Test and Body composition analysis • Ongoing progress checks with Doctor and Spa consultants • Detailed debrief session and lifestyle consultation and counseling session • Morning Wake Up signature tea and fresh fruit bowl provided every day• 3 Ananda Rejuvenation Spa Cuisine meals (breakfast/ lunch/ dinner), per night per person • Daily use of the Hydrotherapy facilities Steam, Sauna, Chill Plunge Pool, Kneipp Hydrotherapy Foot Bath and Heated Lap Pool • Scheduled Spa Lifestyle and Wellness activities Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Vedanta, Fitness, Cooking demonstrations Lectures, Workshops and Excursions Read More


Day 6


Post breakfast, transfer to the airport in Dehradun towards your onward journey to London via Delhi with sweet memories. Read More

Agra - ( 03 Nights ) (Day 13 to Day 16)

Agra is a town best known for the Taj Mahal-whose brilliant architecture had once earned it a place amongst the 7 wonders of the world. But this is not all that Agra entails. A historic town, there is much more for you to discover here in its mysterious throes. That discoveries will have you rapturous with wonder and delight.


Day 1

To Agra

Post breakfast visit city tour of New Delhi. Afternoon proceed towards Agra. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Agra. Read More


Day 2

To Agra

Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, followed by a tour of the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and the huge Agra Fort. Read More


Day 3

To Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel drive to Delhi. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi. Read More


Day 4


Transfer to the International airport in Delhi towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More


  • Le Meridien
    Le Meridien
    Star Rating Delhi
  • Hotel Maurya
    Hotel Maurya
    Star Rating Patna

Le Meridien

  • Le Meridien

Le Meridien New Delhi is conveniently located in the centre of the city, within a two kilometre radius of major central government offices, Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, Rashtrapathi Bhawan and the bustling comme

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Hotel Maurya

  • Hotel Maurya

Located in the heart of Patna, Hotel Maurya enjoys proximity to the airport, railway station and bus depot.

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What's Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK. Supplement may apply from regional airports.
  • Domestic Flights: Economy class domestic flights within India.
  • Assisted Transfers: All Airport and train transfers as specified by a chauffeur driven car inclusive of representative assistance.Where courtesy transfers are provided by the hotel representative assistance may not be available in some places.
  • Accommodation: Room with attached private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Cruise and Bed & Breakfast in hotel of Delhi.
  • Services of Local Agent & Tour Guide: Services of a local agent in all major cities and an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified inclusive of entry fee to the monuments.
  • Taxes:All applicable taxes and service charges.

What's not Included?

  • Travel insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas for India.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days: Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.
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