BENGAL DESPATCH 9 - THE CITY OF LIGHT UPSTREAM
PATNA TO VARANASI
Draft itinerary, subject to modification
Day 1 : Arrive Patna by road, rail or air (transfer from airport or railway station to ship is included in the cruise cost). Embark on your cruise ship from afternoon onwards, and enjoy dinner on board while sailing upstream.
Day 2 : This morning cruise upstream during breakfast before landing to visit a spectacular small Moghul tomb at Maner. Reboard and continue past the confluence with the River Sone to the busy river port of Doriganj. Cruise on to an overnight stop near the confluence with the River Goghra.
Day 3 : Continue up past Ballia to Buxar, famous for the battle fought here in 1764, which, together with Plassey, laid the foundations of the British raj. Visit the memorial on the battlefield and the old East India Company cemetery in town. Later take a short cycle rickshaw ride up to the ghats of Buxar.
Day 4 : Sail upstream today past Chausa to Ghazipur, still a centre for (official) opium production. Visit the imposing tomb of Lord Cornwallis, the general responsible for the British defeat at Yorktown. We might also be able to spend a little time walking on the busy Ghazipur bazaar, a quintessential Indian experience.
Day 5 : AM sail to Varanasi. After lunch visit the Buddhist site at Sarnath and the Deer Park where the Buddha preached his first sermon. Visit also the nearby archeological museum.
Day 6 : AM drive to visit Chunar to visit the great Moghul Fort, the old British cemetery and the Moghul tombs nearby. Carpet weaving and Chunar pottery are other attractions here. On the way back visit Ramnagar to see the Maharaja’s Palace and museum.
Day 7 : Take rowing boats at dawn past the busy and colourful bathing ghats of Varanasi. After breakfast onboard Rajmahal, disembark again to take a walk in the busy alleys of Varanasi to experience the beating heart of the city. PM take rowing boats to join the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. Retrun to MV Rajmahal moored at Rajghat.
Day 8 : After breakfast disembark and transfer to airport or railway station
Itinerary subject to river conditions
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