G Adventures' Varuna on the Ganges river in India

Here’s your chance to experience the ancient waterway that flows through India and Bangladesh sailing on board G Adventures’ Varuna, from £1,461pp*. Departing 11 August 2018, this 11-day fly-cruise from Farakka Barrage to Kolkata calls at Jangipur, Murshidabad, Matiari, Mayapur, Mayapur, Chinsurah, Chinsurah, Chandannagar and Barrackpore.

Designed specifically to navigate the twists and turns of the Ganges, Varuna opens up a whole new side of India to G Adventures travellers. A roomy 40m (130 ft) of floating comfort with a spacious covered deck and great sightlines, she’s the perfect ambassador to India’s most celebrated waterway.

Your embarkation port Farakka Barrage is a barrage across the Ganges River, located in the Indian state of West Bengal. The barrage was built to divert water from the Ganges River into the Hooghly River during the dry season, from January to June, in order to flush out the accumulating silt which in the 1950s and 1960s was a problem at the Port of Kolkata (Calcutta) on the Hooghly River.

A highlight is Mayapur. It is considered a holy place by a number of other traditions within Hinduism but is of special significance to followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, regarded as a special incarnation of Krishna. It is visited by over a million pilgrims annually.

Kolkata, previously Calcutta, in north-eastern India is capital of West Bengal state and is situated on the River Hooghly, off the Bay of Bengal. Calcutta is India’s second-most populous city, a major port and the commercial, financial, and manufacturing centre of eastern India.

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*Prices correct at time of publication.