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Historic Hooghli River Journey... Calcutta Cruise, North India

15 days from £3,295 per person

River cruising is the most exciting and comfortable new way of experiencing India at its most charming and rural. Two vessels, The Sukapha and Charaidew, now allow access to sleepy riverside villages and fantastic forgotten cultural and historic sites. This ‘sporty’ tour, one of several possible options, starts in the historic and culturally rich city of Kolkata where you’ll stay in a quirky and fun guest house (although luxury hotel options are available if this is more to your taste). After exploring Kolkata, set off on your cruise vessel as it heads out of the city, through the urban hinterland and into rural India proper.

As you cruise upstream there’s ample opportunity to visit the many historic, cultural and rustic sites that line the river banks. The French, Dutch and British have all left their mark here and it is a veritable delight for anyone interested in history and culture. Other highlights include a visit to a brass-working village, the Nawab’s Hazarduari Palace, delightful terracotta temples and the chance of spotting the rare and endangered Gangetic River Dolphin. After the cruise travel north to the state of Sikkim where a wonderfully located Farm House Homestay awaits (a luxurious Tea Planters bungalow is another option) and takes you back to nature. Finally finish off with a night in the luxurious Oberoi Grand Hotel in Calcutta.

This tour is purely a suggested itinerary and can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect bespoke holiday to IndiaIf you'd like to see similar itineraries, take a look at our Epic Journeys collection, as well as our favourite Boat & Train itineraries.


Itinerary details

15 days from £3,295 per person

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Client Testimonials

I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
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- Mr David Wallace, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
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Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
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Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
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