Sailing Down The Ganges

Trip Duration: 06 Nights / 07 Days

Trip Style: Offbeat Trip

Adventure Level: GentleYou will enjoy activities & experiences most of the days, but none will be physically challenging. The climate will be steady and accommodation comfortable. So it’s suitable for everyone

Highest Alt: 2311 m

Area: Uttar Prades

Best Season: October – April

Overview

It is a different type of experience to see India by sailing down the Ganges.  This sailing tour starts from holy city of Allahabad and finishes at eternal city of Varanasi. We sail down through the sacred and fertile Gangetic plain to Varanasi. Life on shore varies as we drift peacefully along; the ornate temples and crowded bathing ghats, the fields of wheat and rice paddies, everyday life and stunning sunsets. We camp in 2-man tents on a beach on the banks of the river.

Chunar Fort of Medieval India & Ramnagar Fort are historical architect in this tour. Its a perfect way to soak into meditating pace and some quality relaxing time. Craping on the sandy island under the starlit sky is a life time experience!!

Highlights & Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 01: DELHI / ALLAHABAD, OVERNIGHT TRAIN

Day at lesiure in Delhi. Optional sightseeing tour of Delhi. In the evening board overnight train to Allahabad.

Meal Plan : XXX


DAY 02: ALLAHABAD  / LAKHIYA, DRIVE / SAIL

Day rooms, to freshen up are provided after our early morning arrival in Allahabad, before boarding our boats for our journey through the sacred and fertile Gangetic plain to Varanasi.After breakfast drive down to Lakhiya Ghat. Set sail eastward to Varanasi and start sailing on the Ganges. Reach Usmanpur and set the camp on the bank / island in the river for overnight stay.Overnight stay in Alpine tents.

Meal Plan: B/fast + Lunch ( packed) + Dinner


DAY 03: LAKHIYA / USMANPUR, SAIL

After breakfast set sail to reach Usmanpur by covering approx 25 kms in 08 Hrs by river. This adds thrill to the sailing. Reach Usmanpur in the evening. Camp on the river bank / island for overnight stay.Overnight Stay in Alpine tents

Meal Plan: B/fast + Lunch ( packed) + Dinner


DAY 04: USMANPUR / MURDAGHAT, SAIL

After breakfast set sail to reach Murdaghat covering approx. 20 Kms in 08 hrs by river. Reach camping spot by dusk for dinner and overnight stay.Overnight stay in Alpine tents

Meal Plan: B/fast + Lunch ( packed) + Dinner


DAY 05: MURDAGHAT – MIRZAPUR, SAIL

Start sailing towards Mirzapur in the morning. After about 4 hrs, stop at Vindhyachal. Visit the temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. After the visit have your lunch on an Island nearby and sail further to reach camping spot in approx. 4 hrs.Set the camp here for dinner and overnight stay.Overnight stay in Alpine tents

Meal Plan: B/fast + Lunch ( packed) + Dinner


DAY 06: MIRZAPUR / VARANASI, SAIL

Proceed for last leg of sailing to Varanasi. Enroute visit Chunar Fort of Medieval India and Ramnagar Fort which is a 17th century fort with interesting museum.  This afternoon we cross the river to the holy city of Varanasi where we disembark at Asi Ghat and transfer to our hotel. Varanasi (Benares) has been the centre of Hinduism since the dawn of history, its age is contemporary with Babylon and Thebes. Often known as  ‘Kashi’(City of Light) by Hindus it attracts over a million pilgrims each year – many of whom come to spend their last years here in the holy city. This evening you can return to the ghats to witness the evening aarti ceremony when the Ganga is venerated with a display of light and sound.Meal Plan: B/fast OnlyThis morning we take an early morning boat trip along the Ganges to see the Hindu devout bathing in its sacred waters, before we visit nearby Sarnath. Having gained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his first sermon. The city was at its peak in the 5th century, when it was a respected centre of religious activity, learning and art. Muslim invaders destroyed much of the city and today remains of several monasteries and stupas can be seen along with the small museum which has a well displayed collection. The afternoon is left free in Varanasi to enable you to explore the bazaars and temples that line the banks of the river or perhaps this evening, it may be possible to attend an optional classical musical performance.

Meal Plan: B/fast Only


DAY 07: VARANASI – FLY BACK HOME

Morning free for individual activities. Afternoon transfer to airport to board flight back to your preferred destination.

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Trip Notes

ADVENTURE LEVEL

This trip is suitable for anyone in reasonable health.  We will be staying in Alpine tents  for few nights where you will be provided with mats and sleeping bags ( you are also welcome to get your own sleeping bags).  Boats that we sail on will be an ungraded version of local boats used there. India is a developing country and the tourist infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh is in its infancy. Be prepared to leave city expectations behind; piping hot water may not be available at all times of the day and cooling fans may well rattle! A little patience and a sense of humor are essential.

TOUR STYLE  -  Classic Explore

Packed with adventure, these tours offer inspiring destinations and authentic travel experiences at a reasonable price. Using all kinds of transport and accommodation, we’ll take you off the beaten track to discover the true heart of the people and places you visit.

ON THE SAIL  

Equipment:

All camping equipment like carry mats, tents, will be provided by Freedom 2 Be. You’ll have to carry your own sleeping bags. In case somebody wants to hire sleeping bags, it can be arranged at a prior notice. Besides camping tents there will be a separate kitchen and dining tent with camping stools.

Dry pit toilet tents would be put up at the camping sites.

Luggage & Porters:

Travel Light ! A Rucksack is what we suggest.  But even duffle bag will do….

But NO fancy trolley suitcases please!

Carry a day sack for keeping water, packed lunch, camera, extra layer of clothing etc.

Food

A typical menu during the sail will be as follows,

Breakfast: Bread toast with jam,butter, marmalade, nutela, eggs (though its not permitted on this route, but we’ll try to carry them), porridge, cornflakes, juice.

Lunch: Mostly pack lunch. sandwich / puri-bhaji, Boiled egg / potatos, Fruity, one fruit, chocolate.

Evening tea & biscuits/ pakoras

Dinner: Soup, vegetables (as per season), dal, chapatti, rice, papad / pickle, sweet dish. Chinese and continental will also be served during the trek.

DELAY & UNEXPECTED HINDRANCE

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as printed in the brochure and detailed below, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of alterations to flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops may vary from those outlined.

The decision to partake in any activity not listed as an optional activity is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to Freedom 2 Be.

ACCOMMODATION

We use a variety of accommodation in this trip . Wherever possible we try to ensure that this is in keeping with the itinerary and the region that you are visiting. We have graded the hotels on this trip as AA – Hotels, lodges or guesthouses, usually with en suite facilities. These are generally simple hotels with adequate amenities. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable, there are generally no added facilities.

ROOMING ARRANGEMENTS

Most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement.  Details of this supplement can be found in the pricing.

Kids

Children above the age of  12 with strong sense of adventure are accepted on this trip. These trips encourage children to understand the interconnectedness between humans and nature.

There are no babysitting facilities along the route, but extra bedding and special dishes can be arranged with advance notice.

Best for:     12 Years and above

Family friendly accommodation:       Extra Beds Available

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