The Hooghly River is the main artery running through the history of Bengal. Kolkata was founded on the banks of the river in 1690 as a British trading outpost of the Mughal Empire. Not only was Kolkata the centre of the Raj until 1911 - when the capital moved to Delhi, in a move that shocked Bengal at the time - but it has long been a hub of Bengali literature, music and philosophy. Bengal was the richest province in India for a time, its lush soil producing indigo, opium and rice crops, among others, and its exquisite textiles were known as 'woven wind'.
This progressive, wealthy and cultured land drew people from all over the world - the Portuguese, Dutch, Danish and French all settled on the banks of the Hooghly and Islam, Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity all flourished here. The long history of this province leaves a legacy of magnificent temples, buildings and parks, often of astonishing size. A visit to Kolkata combined with a cruise along the mighty Hooghly offers an unparalleled vision of the rich history and culture of the great province of Bengal. Tour leader Toby Sinclair will share his personal experiences and in-depth knowledge of one of his favourite parts of India.
Join tour leader Toby Sinclair on this Zoom journey along this spectacular river from Farakka to Kolkata. Sit back and enjoy a fascinating exploration of Bengal’s culture and history as Toby shares his personal experiences and in-depth knowledge of one of his favourite parts of India.
Extend your time in North India and stay at the historic Rajbari Bawali Hotel, a beautiful heritage hotel in the outskirts of Kolkata, dating back 250 years. It has been lovingly restored by the current owner with décor that mingles traditional antiques with chic contemporary amenities.
Ground only price excluding international flights and transfers: $4,855