What is it like to visit Patna

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Itinerary:

1st and 2nd day flight from Germany to Calcutta

You fly from Frankfurt to Calcutta, where you arrive at night. Your tour guide will greet you at the airport and accompany you to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the largest former British colonial city and visit its architectural highlights, including the Queen Victoria Monument and the courts of justice in neo-Gothic style. In the evening you will get to know your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner with Indian specialties. (1x FA)

3rd day Off to the Ganges

The morning is at leisure. Today at noon you will travel by train (approx. 6 hours) to Farakka in West Bengal on the border with the state of Bihar, where you will board your river cruise ship RV Sukapha. A tasty dinner awaits you on your floating home. (FA)

Day 4 Mogul capital Akbarnagar

Today you leave Farakka and continue your river cruise on the Ganges, which extends far to both sides. A stop in the still largely undiscovered Rajmahal brings you to the eastern capital of the Mughal Empire, formerly known as Akbarnagar. Nature has recaptured the remains of the old city - let the atmospheric atmosphere of this special location take its effect on your explorations today. (FMA)

5th day relaxation on board

Enjoy the day on board! Take the opportunity to relax with a traditional Ayurveda massage. Today you pass the point where the Kosi, which rises in Nepal, meets the Ganges and later visit the village of Antichak and the remains of the Buddhist monastery Vikramshila from the 8th century (FMA)

Day 6 Cave temples and Ganges dolphins

With a stop at Colganj Island Shrine, visit Buddhist and Hindu cave temples before continuing your river cruise to Bhagalpur. On the way there is a good chance of spotting one or more of the shy Ganges dolphins. In Bhagalpur you can see the production of silk. (FMA)

Day 7 Hindu pilgrimage destination Jahangira

You continue on the holy Ganges to Sultanganj and the island of Jahangira. The island is a major pilgrimage destination from the early days of Hinduism. You will discover Hindu inscriptions on a rock. A mosque is picturesquely enthroned on a rock on the beach - a wonderful photo opportunity! Then continue your journey to Munger. Tonight you can expect an atmospheric barbecue dinner with Indian specialties. (FMA)

Day 8 In the footsteps of the East India Company

British colonial testimonies await you on an excursion to Munger, where the East India Trading Company established itself. Here you will visit the impressive fortress from the Mughal period, the military cemetery and the Pirpahar hill, on the top of which there is an elegant mansion. (FMA)

Day 9 Jim Corbett's Bridge

As you pass the Bridge of Mokameh, you will be reminded of the days of the British hunter and conservationist Edward James Corbett. Corbett, an adventurer of the Indian wilderness, was responsible for the operation of the local ferry. During the onward journey with your river cruise ship, you will visit a village on the banks of the Ganges and will be warmly received here as a rare western visitor. (FMA)

Day 10 The path of enlightenment

Today you have a choice: your trip takes you to the monuments of the Jains and Buddhists in Rajgir Hill and to the Buddhist monasteries in the ruined city of Nalanda, which was founded around the 5th century and housed the largest university in the ancient world. Alternatively, you can take a full-day excursion to Bodhgaya, the place where the Buddha was enlightened - one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists from various schools. In the evening, return to your ship, which is anchored in Patna, capital of Bihar State, near the opium warehouses of the former East India Trading Company. (FMA)

Day 11 Historical Patna

Visit historic Patna on your shore leave. I.a. visit the huge Gol Ghar, a granary from the East India Trading Company, the magnificent Sikh Temple and the treasures of the State Museum. After this excursion, your eventful cruise ends and you bid farewell to your comfortable floating hotel. You continue by land to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges, five hours away. In the evening you will take a boat trip on the river, during which you will admire the ritual dances in honor of the god Shiva on the river bank. You spend the night in a first-class hotel. (FA)

Day 12 Holy City of Varanasi

At daybreak, experience the morning activities at the Ghats, the stairs that are so famous for this city and that lead down to the Ganges and serve as bathing spots. Afterwards there is still some time to visit the most interesting palaces and temples of the city. In the afternoon you will fly to India's capital New Delhi, where you will spend the night in a first-class hotel. With a farewell dinner together, you can review the unforgettable experiences of your trip. (FA)

13th day departure

In the morning you will be escorted to the airport and fly back to Germany.

Possibility to extend the trip:

You can extend your trip with a visit to the fascinating cattle market and folk festival in Sonepur (November) or with a detour to the Taj Mahal, the most beautiful declaration of love in the world. We would be happy to advise you!

Included in the tour price

  • 8 nights on board your comfortable river cruise ship RV Sukapha
  • Highly qualified German-language learning idea - tour guide, 2nd and 3rd day local tour guide
  • German-speaking guided tours and excursions according to the program
  • 4 nights in a double room in selected first class hotels in Calcutta, Varanasi and New Delhi
  • All group transfers in the destination area in air-conditioned coaches or jeeps
  • Meals according to the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • On board: mineral water, tea, coffee
  • All entrance fees to the sightseeing program
  • Flights with Lufthansa Frankfurt - Calcutta and New Delhi - Munich - Frankfurt as well as domestic Indian flights Varanasi - New Delhi in economy class
  • Not included: Visa fee India (currently 75 E), tips and expenses for personal needs

  • Minimum number of participants: 16
  • Maximum number of participants: 24