India

Discover a beautiful and chaotic blend of pink-walled cities and ramshackle bazaars, riverbank villages and Hindu temples. India’s rich history and diverse climates are experienced through its ancient palaces, desert ghost towns, incredible wildlife and unforgettable peoples. Take a guided rickshaw ride around Kalna and see its many intricately carved temples. Walk through Azhimganj to see gold and silver smithing, then enjoy an authentic Indian tea at a landlord’s mansion.

Highlights of our cruises in India

  • Delhi
    • Discover the iconic Red Fort, Jama Masjid and India Gate on a guided sightseeing tour, then take a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways of the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaar.
  • Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
    • See the sunrise as it breaks across the Taj Mahal, a fantasy in white marble, two decades in the making. Then explore Agra Fort, an impenetrable fortress of red sandstone, concealing the imperial city of an ancient Moghul.
  • Jaipur
    • Explore the intricate mosaics, stone carvings and mirror works of the Amber Fort on a guided excursion.
  • Kalna
    • Visit the historic terracotta temple complex on a guided rickshaw tour, receive a blessing from a temple priest and visit the home of a muslin weaver.
  • Murshidabad
    • See gold and silver smithing on a guided walk through the local workshops, taste authentic Indian tea at a landlord’s mansion house then travel by electric rickshaw in Jiaganj to witness saris being weaved.
  • Kolkata
    • Visit the former home of Mother Teresa, and see the legacy of British colonial rule in the Victoria Memorial museum. Take a guided walk through the colourful flower market.

Our India cruises

Colourful India and the Ganges River

from £5,928 per person

  • 15 days
  • Price based on 07 Sep 19
  • 7 dates available

Enter a world of colour, culture, and cherished spiritual tradition of India. Your guided tour of India and Ganges River cruise begins in the bustling city of Delhi. You’ll tour the city 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 traveling 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 savor authentic Indian tea, as well as stunning gold and silversmith workshops. You’ll meet saree weavers, goldsmiths, and pottery makers. Explore the fascinating Hare Krishna headquarters in Mayapur, and visit Saint Mother Teresa’s former home upon your return to Kolkata. All of this and more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of India and a Ganges River cruise.