KOLKATA – DHAKA
A cross country cruise through the Sundarbans from Kolkata, India to Dhaka, Bangladesh exploring the diverse eco-system, culture and heritage connecting the two countries.
ANTARA DESTINATION DISCOVERIES
The colonial heritage of Bengal has inspired many a traveller to embark on a journey that depicts the region’s history through the river Ganges. On the banks of the Lower Ganges, the French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese and English made settlements to trade, preach and farm while local rulers, saints, agriculturalists, musicians and writers created new ways of living as they encountered European commerce, tastes and power. Experience true luxury and relax while witnessing this culture with the care and hospitality of the Ganges VoyagerⅡ and its crew.
Morning embark the ship at the Botanical Garden Jetty in Kolkata and enjoy lunch on board. Afternoon Panoramic Tour of the heritage buildings in Kolkata, St. John’s Church and, the Victoria Memorial Museum.
Kolkata / Namkhana (Sundarbans) – Bhagabatpur
Early morning visit the Marine House to complete Immigration formalities. We sail along the Hooghly river, cruising past Diamond Harbour & Kedgeree towards the Bay of Bengal to reach the fishing port of Namkhana. Sunderbans are, the World’s largest Delta Mangrove Forest and habitat of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers. Based on tide situation we cross Hatania Doaniya Creek and moor near Bhagabatpur.
Bhagabatpur - Sajnakahli
Early this morning we visit the crocodile project at Bhagabatpur island, a hatchery and sanctuary of the estuarine crocodiles. Continue sail to Jharkali where we will visit the Tiger Rescue Centre (time permitting) before anchoring at Sajnakahli, near the core wildlife zone.
Sajnakahli – Hemnagar (India) / Antihara (Bangladesh)
Today we sail through the wildlife area of Sundabarbans to Bangladesh. After completing customs formalities at Hemnagar, we cruise down to the Bangladeshi side of the Sunderbans to Antihara to meet with Immigration & Custom formalities and anchor overnight.
Antihara / Mongla
This morning we sail to Mongla. Later visit the Sixty Domed Mosque and Museum at Bagerhat (closed on Sundays), UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mongla / Kotka
Sail to the forest station and complete the Forest Department formalities, accompanied by a forest guard. We will cruise down towards Kotka forest station and anchor for the night.
Kotka / Harbaria
Disembark to view the mangrove’s fauna and flora and enjoy a short silent boat trip inside the forest. Visit the Kotka Jamtola sea beach and enjoy its scenic beauty. Return to the ship for Lunch. Thereafter visit Kotka forest area to find deer and other animals. Return to ship and sail onward to Harbaria.
Harbaria / Morleganj
Today at early dawn explore the narrow creeks and canals of Harbaria on rowing boats. Return to the ship and for breakfast while sailing back toward Barisal mooring for the night at Morlegonj.
Morleganj / Barisal
This morning we sail to Barisal. Post lunch we visit the Oxford Epiphany Church.
Barisal / Dhaka
Morning visit the Floating Market and continue cruising to Meghna Ghat in Dhaka.
Dhaka – Sonargaon
Today after breakfast, excursion of Sonargaon, the medieval capital of Bengal. Here explore the Panam City, Sadarbari, Goaldi Mosque and an Art and Craft Museum.
Dhaka Tour & Departure
Morning disembark and proceed for a sightseeing tour visiting the Dhakeswari Temple, and a Panoramic drive of Dhaka’s heritage buildings like the Dhaka University, Curzon Hall, National Assembly and the Old High Court.