Bengal Despatch 8:
KOLKATA TO KOLKATA
This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel to embark the ship by 11am. Sailing upstream, you pass 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. After the visit, reboard your cruise and start sailing, leaving urban sprawl far behind.
Enjoy breakfast with an ever-changing view as you sail upstream, before landing at the country town of Kalna. Here you’ll take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with its concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets. Continue on through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON, or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world. Sail downstream as dusk falls to a mooring near Kalna.
This morning you’ll sail downstream and visit a saree-weaving village before continuing on to Chandernagore. A French possession until 1950, this old colonial town offers a chance to visit an 18th century church as well as Dupleix Palace, the erstwhile residence of the Governor-General of French India and now a fascinating museum. Later, sail on down to Kolkata.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport or your hotel in Kolkata.
This itinerary, including the cruise and approximate driving durations, is subject to river and weather conditions.
The 'Bengal Memories' cruise is offered in the Boutique Expedition cruising style.
BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION CRUISING
with ABN Rajmahal
Our selection of boutique cruise ships are comfortable, contemporary, and celebratory of Assam and Bengal's rich regional heritage. They are designed to reflect a sense of homecoming to the region: the unique objets d'art and handicrafts aboard the ships have been carefully collected and curated over the years, and the locally made furniture and textiles are a product of traditional craftsmanship and modern design intervention.
As such, each boutique ship was designed to be purposefully distinct in its style, with interesting stories that accompany each ship's décor.
ABN Rajmahal has 22 cabins: 14 spacious twin/double cabins on the upper deck; four twin/double cabins on the main deck; and 4 single cabins on the main deck for which we charge no supplement.
All cabins have en suites with W.C., French balconies, a writing desk and chair, mini-fridge, individual climate control, and storage space.
There are three cabin categories on ABN Rajmahal:
UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE-BEDDED CABIN
This cabin is located on the upper deck, offering travellers a better vantage point from which to watch rural India glide by.
MAIN DECK TWIN/DOUBLE-BEDDED CABIN
This cabin is identical to the upper deck cabins, but it is located on the main deck instead.
MAIN DECK SINGLE-BEDDED CABIN
Featuring a single bed, this cabin is ideal for solo travellers, for which we charge no supplement.