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Setting sail from Kolkata
Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata was the capital of British India, and is now the capital of West Bengal. During the British colonial era, frenzied building took place, with strong European influences - British, but also Portuguese and French. The City of Palaces boasts palatial mansions on every corner, most sadly now in various stages of impressive decay. The city boasts numerous museums and libraries, as well as number of lavish administrative buildings and grand hotels, clubs, statues and memorials - all remnants of its colonial past. Alongside these, vibrant temples provide an exciting contrast.
The first Indian tea auction centre was set up in Kolkata, so make sure you taste some of the local teas while you are here.
Kalna, also known as Ambika Kalna, is a city on the banks of the Bhagirathi river in West Bengal, renowned for its complex of magnificent 19th century terracotta temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
India: Matiari, Murshidabad
Scenic river cruising
Mayapur is the headquarters of the ISKCON, better known as the Hare Krishna movement, and the colourful Krishna temple is a must-visit. The city is considered the birthplace of the 15th century mystic Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who first popularised the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.
Arriving in Kolkata
Howrah Bridge or Rabindra Setu is the busiest bridge in the world, so you have to see it!
Your home from home
Taking inspiration from Britain’s colonial past, this beautiful vessel is graceful and elegant.
What we love
One of the few ultra-luxury ships operating on the Ganges, this little all-suite ship accommodates just a handful of guests in large accommodation with high ceilings, French balconies and interiors boasting soft linens, rains showers and modern touches including individual climate control and interactive flat-screen TVs.
Relaxed and informal during the day, giving way to an elegant evening atmosphere.
Tailor-make your trip
Our recommended hotel in Kolkata
As a general rule you can’t go wrong with Oberois, and we especially like the Oberoi Grand, the Grande Dame of Chowringhee.
Take a tour of Kolkata
To make the most of the city, a walking tour with an expert guide is your best bet.