When you combine a river cruise experience unlike any other with a country unlike any other, you get a river cruise in captivating and wondrous India along the country’s holiest river, the Ganges. There’s no better way to discover India’s extraordinary culture than with Uniworld. Traveling with us means that everything will be taken care of, making an otherwise overwhelming planning experience seemingly effortless. We’ll take care of your accommodations, transfers, food and places you’ll visit so that the only thing left to do is prepare for endless soul-stirring encounters.
Our India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges Itinerary is a unique combination of land and river where you’ll experience in depth everything from world-renowned landmarks, such as the Taj Mahal, to small villages along the Ganges that only a few get to see every year, encountering Indian culture in a way you’d never be able to on your own. Not only that, but you’ll explore the vast expanses of India in one unforgettable journey—a feat nearly impossible by any way other than a river cruise with Uniworld.
INDIA’S GOLDEN TRIANGLE & THE SACRED GANGESDepartures available January to March and September to December New Delhi to Kolkata • 13 Days Ganges Voyager II
The trip of your dreams begins in New Delhi where 13 days of authentic and immersive encounters await you. It’s the best jumping-off point to take in the country’s top sights, such as the “Elegy in Marble,” or Taj Mahal. India’s most famous and awe-inspiring monument was commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after the passing of his wife, and you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the mausoleum’s fascinating history, intricate craftsmanship and precious building materials—not once, but twice: early in the morning and at sundown. Marvel at the world’s largest sundial in Jaipur, and visit Mother Teresa’s former home and her final resting place in Kolkata.
Take an exhilarating trishaw ride through Kalna, and discover the region’s densest concentration of temples. Explore villages, monuments and mosques in Matiari and Murshidabad before an excursion in Baranagar where you’ll uncover some of the finest examples of Bengal terracotta art. Pay a visit to the colorful village of Mayapur and travel to Bandel, the city that has witnessed many different kinds of cultures and civilizations. Stroll along Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade, lined with charming colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time, before your return to Kolkata.
Five days on land before you settle into your floating boutique hotel means multiple stays at different Oberoi Hotels: the newly renovated Oberoi New Delhi, Agra’s Oberoi Amarvilas and Jaipur’s Oberoi Rajvilas. As part of Travel + Leisure’s 2017 “World’s Best Awards” survey, readers voted three Oberoi Hotels to the list of India’s top five resort hotels. In addition, Oberoi Hotels have collected an impressive amount of other innumerable awards and accolades and are internationally acclaimed for all-around excellence and unparalleled levels of service. A distinguishing characteristic of The Oberoi Group’s hotels is their highly motivated, well-trained staff, known for providing exceptionally personalised and attentive service.
The beautifully renovated Oberoi New Delhi will flaunt reimagined public spaces and guest rooms, compliments of interior designer Adam Tihany. In Agra, the hotel sits a captivating 600 meters from one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. It has the distinct privilege of being the only hotel to have views of the Indian icon from every room. Meanwhile, The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur stuns with a sprawling 32-acre compound that will make you feel like you’re staying in your own private palace as each of the rooms offers a private garden.
GANGES VOYAGER II
For the second part of your trip, you'll stay onboard the striking Ganges Voyager II, where you'll experience the highlights of India onboard and off. The lavishly-appointed riverview suites feature beautifully hand-painted murals, high ceilings, spa-quality Bath products, rainfall showers, private French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and more. Relax in the tranquil ambience of the Governor's Lounge, Voyager Spa and Observation Deck's earth-toned hues and enjoy an array of fresh fruits and cuisine inspired by India at the East India Restaurant.EXPLORE THE SHIP
With our partner, ME to WE, you have the opportunity to arrive In India 5 days early and the chance for even more authentic, transformative and culturally immersive encounters.
You'll spend your pre-tour/cruise time with ME to WE, traveling from urban Udaipur to rural Rajasthan, calling the bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp home when you arrive In Rajasthan. The extension provides you the chance to connect with community members by hearing about their daily lives, work side-by-side with locals on a community development project, explore natural wonders and experience many of India's age-old traditions with a local as your guide.
Your ME to WE extension will make you feel as close to a local as it gets. With opportunities for sunrise yoga, helping local women with their daily activities, meaningful discussions over a cup of chai, guided hikes In the Mewar region, camel rides, sharing Indian meals with your new friends, shopping at authentic Indian markets and more, you'll never be the same.
Explore the countryside of Rajasthan through a myriad of culturally-immersive, wildly unique activities. Following your arrival, we'll treat you to lunch followed by a quick Hindi lesson and a visit to see the community projects under way. After a blissful night's sleep in your private cottage or luxury tent, choose to wake up to a sunrise yoga session overlooking the pink-hued Aravalli Mountain Range. Spend the rest of your morning with women in the community and learn what daily life in rural India is like. Then, venture to the project site and participate in a sustainable development project. A new day brings the opportunity for a morning guided nature walk before you return to the build site to continue making progress on your project. After lunch, try your hand at traditional tie-dying and block-printing. Or, experience an exotic camel ride toward the Kumbhalgarh Fort, the world's second longest wall, all before the start of your cruise.LEARN MORE
Please note: This pre-tour/cruise extension is only available on January to March departures.
Varanasi post-tour/cruise Extension
Or, continue your time with Uniworld exploring the colorful, spiritual and mysterious city of Varanasi, the holiest spot on the Ganges, on a 3-day post-tour/cruise extension. You’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the ancient city and a private sunset boat ride to observe a Ganga Aarti ceremony led by a Hindu priest. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a sunrise boat ride when local people are washing laundry, performing yoga and making respectful offerings to Mother Ganga along the stone ghats lining the Ganges.VIEW EXTENSION
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