Pandaw River Expeditions is operating a cruise along India's Lower Ganges on its 60-passenger Orient Pandaw.
The seven-night cruise sails from Kolkata to
Farraka and the reverse, and will debut on Dec. 23, after which there
will be weekly departures until the end of April 2019. The sailings will start
up again in July 2019 through April 2020.
Pandaw had offered charter sailings in India in October 2015 and October 2016, but this will be the first
time that the company uses one of its own vessels.
The Orient Pandaw was built in Vietnam in 2012 and features 30 staterooms on two decks, wraparound balconies, an indoor dining room,
outdoor bar, a movie and lecture room, and a spa treatment room.
The itinerary includes the Danish colony of Serampore;
Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950; the Imambara at Hooghly; Kalna,
home to a Shiva temple made up of 108 shrines; Mayapur, the headquarters
of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness; Khushbagh,
where the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal is located; and Hazarduari Palace,
built by an English architect in 1837.
There will be explorations of rural India and quiet
riverside villages. Guests will disembark at the Farakka locks and go on a
full-day excursion by road to Gaur to see the remnants
of what was once a great Indian city dating back to the 12th century.
Prices start at
$1,890 per person, double occupancy. Local transfers, all excursions as
stated on the itinerary, an English-language guide, main meals, local soft
drinks, local beer, local spirits, tea and coffee, mineral water, crew
gratuities and cycling equipment are included.