Jaipur India City Palace

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

13 DAYS FROM NEW DELHI TO KOLKATA

Day 1 – New Delhi

A Uniworld representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to The Oberoi Gurgaon, an award-winning hotel conveniently located just thirty minutes from Central Delhi.

Day 2 – New Delhi

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s Capital City, Old and New
India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your first full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including the two-toned sandstone and marble Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and Raj Ghat, a black granite memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s beloved father of independence. Your initial encounters with the local residents will be equally compelling—proud and dignified, generous and quick to smile, the Indian people will rank amongst your favorite memories of this enchanting country.

Day 3 – New Delhi, transfer to Agra

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Majesty and Grace— Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sundown
This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning a view of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your first opportunity to visit India’s most awe-inspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble,” commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, will literally take your breath away.

Day 4 – Agra, transfer to Jaipur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Early morning at the Taj Mahal
Venture back to the Taj Mahal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink luster of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum's fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftsmanship. After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnificent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax over lunch at the hotel. If you wish, take a complimentary shuttle to the city’s colorful bazaar.

Day 5 – Jaipur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City
Your tour of the romantic Pink City of Jaipur includes City Palace—a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives—
and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world's largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaars, which overflows with high-quality textiles, jewelry, gemstones. Enjoy dinner at the magnificent Oberoi Rajvilas.

Day 6 – Jaipur, fly to Kolkata (embark)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Mother Teresa’s Home and Tomb; onboard Welcome Dinner
Transfer to the Jaipur International Airport and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, and her tomb, her final resting place. Cap off the day with a Welcome Dinner, followed by a cultural performance onboard the Ganges Voyager II.

Day 7 – Kolkata, Bandel

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: The enduring legacy of the British Raj
The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court, and General Post Office. Return to the ship for lunch and a scenic cruise that passes a number of former colonial settlements. Later, take an excursion to Bandel to visit Hooghly Imambara, a mosque that’s a triumph of Bengali architecture.

Day 8 – Kalna

FEATURED EXCURSION: India’s “Temple City”
There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating trishaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva, the Hindu god.

Day 9 – Matiari

FEATURED EXCURSION: Matiari master craftsmen
Observe master craftsmen at work in Matiari, an artisans' village revered for its finely wrought brassware. If time allows, you may also learn some of the nuances of the game of cricket-India’s favorite sport. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods. Back onboard, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration—intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and turban.

Day 10 – Khushbagh, Baranagar, Murshidabad

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Bengal’s architectural curiosities

This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning a view of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your first opportunity to visit India’s most awe-inspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble,” commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth, will literally take your breath away.

Day 11 – Mayapur

FEATURED EXCURSION: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colorful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and its colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americans and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960s. 

Day 12 – Chandannagar, Kolkata

FEATURED EXCURSION: Discovering India’s fascinating dualities

Travel by sampan to Bandel for a visit to the Hooghly Imambara, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in West Bengal. The structure was designed to serve two functions—a mosque as well as an Imambara, a congregation hall for special religious ceremonies. Admire the site’s faded grandeur on a stroll around its vast courtyard, or ascend one of the tall twin towers for a marvelous view. Later, join an excursion to Chandannagar, which was a French colony for about 275 years and thus has a very different cultural heritage and character from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). Take a leisurely walk along the Strand, Chandannagar’s waterfront promenade, lined with lovely colonial-era buildings that have stood the test of time—including the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers departed. Spend your last evening onboard enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13 – Kolkata (disembark), transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Kolkata Airport for your return flight home, or fly to Varanasi for a 3-day optional extension in the holiest city on India’s holiest river, the sacred Ganges.