Destination Covered :
Kolkata – Howrah – Belur – Chandannagar – Triveni – Mayapur – Nabadwip – Murshidabad – Palassey – Kalna – Kolkata
Duration : 03 Nights/ 04 Days
The 32 spacious rooms in the ship helps the tourists relax and unwind themselves. The comfort factor in these rooms is good with air-conditioning, king-sized beds and attached baths. What more, the rooms also provide you good reading material, telephone connection, an emergency kit and also the tea and coffee maker.
The hospitality of Vivada Cruises is sure to strike a chord in your heart. The chefs aboard the ship will prepare some great dishes for you, like fish, lobsters and other delicious sea food.
M.V. Paramhamsa also brings forth a library, massage parlors and cruise gym, where you can take time out for unwinding and refreshment. If you want to relax, just be at the ship's bar, you will love the experience. Being on the ship, you can keep yourself busy by spending time at the art gallery or by enjoying the entertainment programs aboard.
All of you who have business matters to take care of can make use of the conference rooms, which is equipped with fax facilities and Internet connection.
You will enjoy the international standard services on board the ship and will love the lazy and slow pace of the journey, giving you ample time to look all around and bask in the glory of Nature.
Our itinerary includes the heritage sites of the eastern part of India which lies in the banks of this great river. You will stand a witness to the turning points of history in the battlefield of Plassey where the last Nawab of Bengal Siraj Ud Daulah revolted against the British in 1757. The Hindu Religion was given a new form in Nabadwip by Chaitnya Mahaprabhu. Also soak yourself in the aura of the old colonial French culture at Chandannagore. You will be taken on a lovely sail through Kolkata, Dakshineswar, Belur, Chandennagar, Kalna, Mayapur, Nabadwip and Murshidabad.
The Ganga river or the Ganges itself is an epitome of religious significance in India. No other river is considered as sacred or is worshipped as extensively as the Ganga in India. The Hindus consider the waters of the Ganges to be holy and a number of Pujas (worship of deities) are conducted with the aide of this holy water.
The Ganges flows across India only and spreads to no other neighboring country. India is the cradle of some of the greatest civilizations of the world and the mighty Ganges has been a silent spectator to all. Now, its time for you to listen its silence.
Day1 : Arrival Kolkata – Belur – Chandannagar – Triveni
After lunch the cruiser, M.V. Paramhansa starts its journey from Millennium Park Jetty, Kolkata. The vessel will sail down the Howrah Bridge passing the Howrah Railway station. It will pass through many heritage sites along the banks of River Ganga.
Howrah Bridge is the unique cantilever bridge across the River Ganga joining the two metropolises of Kolkata and Howrah. Watch numerous temples and bathing ghats, the historical point of arrival of Job Charnock, the House of Dolls, the Nimtolla Ghat, and the oldest Gun and Shell Factory in India at Cassipur. Reach Belur and visit Belur Math. By dusk, the vessel will touch Chandannagar, a colony of the French till 1950. Explore French architecture while visiting the Church, the Clock Tower and the old hotels.
Enjoy a French dinner in the vessel to complete the French experience. Later the vessel will anchor at Triveni.
Spend night onboard at Triveni.
Day 2 : Mayapur – Nabadwip – Lal Bagh
Sail through the rural area of Bengal and get insight into the rich Ganga heritage by a well-known historian. At Mayapur, visit the divine abode of Lord Krishna and have lunch at ISKCON temple, Mayapur.
Mayapur is the headquarters of ISKCON. The Hare Krishna cult of the Gaudiya Vaishnav philosophy believes that Mayapur is the place of birth of Sri Chaitanya and it is the spiritual capital of the world. Stroll through Nabadwip after lunch. Nabadwip, twin town of Chaitanya faith along with Mayapur, was a great center of learning and and intellectual prowess, referred to as the Oxford of Bengal and the place where Chaitanya Deb was born in 1486.
Come back to the vessel for a quiet evening. At night the vessel cruises to anchor at Lal Bagh in front of Hazar Duari, the Palace with thousand doors.
Day 3 : Murshidabad
Enjoy a pleasant walk at Khushbagh. Breakfast on board followed by sightseeing of Murshidabad.
Khushbagh is an idyllic Mughal style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daullah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal and his family. A heritage rich historical city of West bengal, Murshidabad was the capital city of Gaur king Sasanka. Visit Nizamat Kila, also known as the Hazar Duari Palace, the Moti Jheel, the Muradbagh Palace and the Khushbagh Cemetery. Other places of interest are the great Katara Mosque and the 18th Century marvels of the Nashipura Palace and the palace of Jagat Sett.
After lunch tourists will be taken to shopping tour of Murshidabad silks and they will be free to explore market themselves. In the evening guests will come back to the vessel and it will move on, enroute they will pass through Palassey.
Palassey is the historic battleground, where Robert Clive's men defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah's soldiers ushering in British Rule in India.
The vessel now starts its journey back, enjoy onboard entertainment during the evening.
Spent night onboard.
Day 4 : Kalna – Kolkata
Arrive at Kalna during early morning. Visit the ancient terracotta temples there. Kalna has the old Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets which enthrall the visitors as they observe the rich workmanship of Bengal. Tourists come back to the vessel to head back to Kolkata. The visitors cast a last, long, lingering look behind to have a clear look at the Dutch Cemetery at Chinsura and the Portugese Church at Bandel. The Vivada Cruise ends at about 11 am at the Millennium Park, Kolkata.