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India Ganges River Cruise – February 2016

March 4, 2016

Insider Journeys – Ganges Charter Cruise

8 Days/ 7 Nights, Kolkota to Kolkota RV Ganges Voyager 1

Colonial Cabin

17 to 24 February 2016

UNCHANGED AND UNCHANGING

Our experiences on this India Ganges River Cruise were very similar to those of our Mekong River cruise in 2015. These river cruises bring you so very close to the villages and towns where life is lived as it has for the past decades and centuries. It is essentially unchanged and unchanging.

Kolkota has that bit more swagger, liberalism, separateness than the rest of India. The Victoria Memorial Museum is probably its most iconic building. And you would make sure that you didn’t miss a tour to the Mother Teresa house, tomb and orphanage. When you visit the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkota – St John’s – your guide tells you that “UK politicians will always come to  Kolkota, even if they can only spend 6 hours in India”.

Cruising the Ganges. The river is everything: commerce, pollution, brick works, washing, bridal pre-wedding ceremonies, kids at play, cleansing…

Kalna to Matiari. Even though you only have  a short time, you find yourself getting up very close to their way of living in a small town like this. Our rickshaw ride from the river to the temple takes about 15 minutes. We’re still a novelty but, as always, the people are delightful, respectful and very accepting.

We’re on the shore of Bandel, at the Hooghly Imambara (residence of the Imam) – for Shiya Muslims one of the most famous pilgrimage centres in West Bengal.

Sunrise yoga on the top deck of our river boat is wonderful!

On our Matiari village walk we see the handcrafted brass items industry dating from primitive times. And then the craftsman lays down his hammer to answer his mobile phone.

In Murshidabad a local horse cart takes us to the Katra Mosque and the Hazarduari palace. You get a real sense of the colonial era, its impact and why the Indians had to break away from it.

Mayapur is Krishna headquarters and we see the ongoing construction of a massive new temple to rival the Vatican. it’s a draw-card for Krishna followers from all over the world and we see many Americans and increasing numbers of Russians drawn to its values, philosophies, communal supports and much more it seems.

 

From → Alex and Janine

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