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THE GANGES CRUISE Between Calcutta and Varanasi SAILINGS AND

GENERAL INFORMATION SEPTEMBER 2011 – MARCH 2012 (EDITION JUN 2011)

Managed and Operated by HERITAGE RIVER CRUISES (India)

Heritage River Cruises (India) B – 9 / 9123 THIRD FLOOR, LIG FLATS, VASANT APARTMENTS, VASANT KUNJ, NEW DELHI – 110070 – INDIA

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CONTENTS THE SHIP _____________________________________________________________________ 3 GANGES CRUISES ______________________________________________________________ 6 INCREDIBLY ON THE GANGES Cruise (12 Nights) Season 2011 - 2012 ____________________ 7 “ Incredibly On The Ganges Cruise”- Calcutta to Varanasi Up-stream (12 Nights) __________

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“ Incredibly On The Ganges Cruise” Varanasi to Calcutta Down-stream (12 Nights) _________ 10

BENGAL YATRA SHORT CRUISE (NEW – 6 NIGHTS) Season 2011 – 2012 __________________ 14 “Bengal Yatra Cruise” Calcutta to Farakka Up-stream (6 Nights) _________________________ 14 “Bengal Yatra Cruise” Farakka to Calcutta Down-stream (6 Nights) ______________________ 16

GANGA YATRA SHORT CRUISE (NEW – 9 NIGHTS) Season 2011 - 2012 __________________ 18 “Ganga Yatra Cruise” Farakka to Varanasi Up-stream (9 Nights) _______________________ 18 “Ganga Yatra Cruise” Varanasi to Farakka Down-stream (9 Nights) _____________________ 20 PRE/POST CRUISE LAND TOURS _________________________________________________ 23 Upstream Post Cruise Tour (3 Nights) _________________________________________________ 23 Downstream Pre Cruise Tour (3 Nights) ___________________________________________ 25 RETAIL RATES _________________________________________________________________ 27 PARTNER HOTELS _____________________________________________________________ 29 SAILING DATES _______________________________________________________________ 33 SALES TERMS & CONDITIONS ____________________________________________________ 37 Retail Rates _______________________________________________________________________ 37 Reservation Policies & Payment Terms ____________________________________________ 38 PASSENGER INFORMATION _____________________________________________________ 40 PASSENGER TICKET CONTRACT __________________________________________________ 48

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THE SHIP SPECIFICATIONS BUILT IN YANGON 2004 SHIP REGISTRY

IRS APPROVED AND REGISTERED IN INDIA UNDER INDIAN FLAG

LENGTH

200 FT (60 MT)

BEAM

36 FT (11.00 MT)

DRAFT

4.9RAJ FT (1.5 MT)

DECKS

4

DIESEL ENGINES

2 X 400 HP CUMMINS

PROPULSION

INBOARD SYSTEM

NAVIGATION

GPS, NAVIGATION LIGHTS, SHIPS HORN, SEARCHLIGHT

COMMS

GSM PHONE, INTERNAL PHONE SYSTEM, TANNOY FOR NAVIGATION

FIRE PROTECTION

SMOKE DETECTORS, HEAT DETECTORS, MANUAL ALARMS STATIONS, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, FIRE HOSE CABINETS, FIRE PUMPS

SAFETY

EMERGENCY LIGHTS, EMERGENCY GENSET, LIFE JACKETS, LIFE RAFTS

CREW

30

HOTEL PASSENGERS

56

CABINS

28 WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM AND SHOWER – A/C UPPER DECK 18 DELUXE TWINS MAIN DECK 10 SUPERIOR TWINS LOWER DECK 4 SINGLE FOR GUIDES

LOUNGE & BAR

ON THE UPPER DECK

DINING ROOM

ON THE MAIN DECK

SUN DECK

OPEN WITH SOLARIUM (CAPACITY: 52 SEATS)

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SHIP PLAN

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ABOUT BENGAL GANGA HISTORY The Bengal Ganga was built in the year 2004 in Myanmar and designed as a replica of the colonial style ‘Clyde’ steamers that at the height of the British Empire trudged through swamps and far flung deltas; in particular, similar ships employed were used by a succession of important officials and celebrities of the day, most notably recorded as being used by Viceroys of India and the Prince of Wales. ON BOARD Shining Teak and Brass lined state rooms opening onto similarly equipped promenade decks with rattan sitting areas. The 28 state rooms today can still ensure a fantastically comfortable and elite travelling style. ‘Improvements’ to meet today’s needs such as the saloon bar, dining room and observation deck are crucial facets of enhancing what otherwise would be long distance road travel, that can be arduous and frustrating at best of times.

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THE GANGES CRUISE CRUISING THE HOLY RIVER No river in the world plays a more important cultural, economic or social role in the lives of more people than the Ganges. The spiritual heart of Hinduism, the Ganges is strewn with fascinating cities, pilgrimage sites, villages, mountains and forests. There is no better way to visit deep inside India than taking a “boutique” cruise on the Ganges in the comfort of our original luxury steamer like boat. No more long coach trips and the hassle to pack and unpack luggage. Our comprehensive cruise programs include also all pre/post land arrangements in Calcutta and/or Varanasi where we have chosen the five stars Taj Bengal and Ganges Hotels as they better match with the concept of our colonial steamer.

INCREDIBLY ON THE GANGES 12 Nights /13 Days (9 Nights cruising / 3 Nights in hotel) UPSTREAM: CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) – KALNA – MATIARI – MURSHIDABAD – JANGIPUR - FARAKKA – RAJ MAHAL – KARAGOLA - BATESHWARSTHAN - SULTANGANJ- MUNGER – NALANDA – BODHGAYA - VARANASI

DOWNSTREAM: VARANASI – BODHAGAYA – NALANDA – MUNGER – SULTANGANJ - BATESHWARSTHAN - KARAGOLA RAJ MAHAL – FARAKKA – JANGIPUR - MURSHIDABAD – CHOURIGACHA - MATIARI – KALNA - CALCUTTA (KOLKATA)

THE “BENGAL YATRA” SHORT CRUISE 6 Nights / 7 Days (4 Nights cruising / 2 nights in Hotel) UPSTREAM: CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) – KALNA – MATIARI – MURSHIDABAD – JANGIPUR – FARAKKA –BACK

TO

CALCUTTA

(KOLKATA) BY TRAIN

DOWNSTREAM: CALCUTTA (KOLKATA)

BY

TRAIN TO FARAKKA – JANGIPUR - MURSHIDABAD – MATIARI – KALNA -

CALCUTTA (KOLKATA)

THE “GANGA YATRA” SHORT CRUISE 9 Nights / 10 Days (5 Nights cruising / 4 Nights in Hotel) UPSTREAM: CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) BY TRAIN TO JANGIPUR - FARAKKA – RAJ MAHAL – KARAGOLA - BATESHWARSTHAN SULTANGANJ- MUNGER – NALANDA – BODHGAYA - VARANASI

DOWNSTREAM: VARANASI – BODHGAYA – NALANDA – MUNGER – SULTANGANJ - BATESHWARSTHAN - KARAGOLA RAJ MAHAL – FARAKKA – JANGIPUR TO CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) BY TRAIN

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THE CRUISES

INCREDIBLY ON THE GANGES BETWEEN CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) AND BENARES (VARANASI)

13 Days on Tour: 9 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 3 Nights in Hotels

UPSTREAM PROGRAM (SEASON 2011-2012) DAY 1

ARRIVE AT KOLKATA (_, _, D)

Arrival of guests by International flights in evening, night or after midnight at Kolkata or New Delhi. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal [Kolkata] / Airport Hotel New Delhi OR on the Ship

DAY 2

FROM KOLKATA TO KALNA (B, L, D)

The international guests that are arriving at New Delhi will take the morning flight to Kolkata. Later go for a city orientation tour of Kolkata. The guests those who are already in Kolkata will go for the city orientation tour. The city orientation tour will take us to the Colonial parts of Kolkata; we will drive a section of the Heritage Buildings of Kolkata covering Writer’s Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and then drive past St. John’s Church and Victoria Memorial [Photo Stop]. After city tour we will have lunch at a local restaurant (or on board) and then embark RV Bengal Ganga at Kolkata after Bally bridge. Our upstream journey will take us through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century. We will continue our cruise through the vast country side of golden Bengal. Once all the passengers are on board we start sailing on our upstream journey to Kalna Overnight sailing on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 3 KALNA – MATIARI (B, L, D) Early morning we take rickshaws to visit the temple town of Kalna – visit the enchanting Rajbari complex that has the maximum concentration of temples. The complex contains a unique mixture of Bengal’s temple architecture. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 'aat – chala' or “eight sloped roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. Due to its ingenious planning all Shiva lingams can be seen from the centre of the temple. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849 contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga and various aspects of day to day life. The other temples are the Lalji temple built in 1739, the oldest in the complex, Krishnachandra temple built in 1751 is similar to the Lalji temple. The complex also houses a flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.

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We cruise past the religious town of Mayapur, quintessentially a temple town known for being the headquarters of the Krishna Consciousness Movement “ISKON” and the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, born in 1486 AD and considered as an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The town is situated on the banks of the confluence of the Ganga and the Jalangi rivers. Overnight at Matiari. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 4 MATIARI - MURSHIDABAD (B, L, D) Early in the morning (if time permits) we will visit the unique Brass making village – Matiari. The unique character of the village is as we start walking towards the village, we can hear the loud noise of beating of metal coming from all the houses which specialize in making the different brass artefacts. We will have a nice walk in the village to see and experience the different process of the brass making. Cast off and sail past Plassey – which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757, that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then rulers of Bengal and their French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years. Overnight at Murshidabad. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5 MURSHIDABAD – JANGIPUR (B, L, D) Cast off early morning to arrive at Murshidabad Jetty opposite the New Palace now under renovation. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 – 1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Opposite to the Palace it the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time. We will also visit the Katra mosque. The mosque was built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25. After Murshidabad we will visit the Temples of Baranagar. The Temple complex was built in 1714 – 1793 by Rani Bhabani, the landlord of Natore. The brick built temples are considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal Terracotta art. Overnight at Jangipur. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6 JANGIPUR - FARAKKA - RAJ MAHAL (B, L, D) We cast of early morning to reach the Farakka Lock Gate and cross through the lock within 1000 hrs. After crossing the lock we cruise through the connecting canal to the Ganges revealing vast Panoramas. We also see the Farakka barrage which regulates the Ganges water into Bangladesh and India. Continue cruise to Rajmahal. Overnight at Rajmahal Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 7 RAJ MAHAL – KARAGOLA (B, L, D) Before Breakfast walk to visit the ruins of Rajmahal. Once known as Akbarnagar, founded by the Mogul Emperor Akbar as capital of Bengal in 1592. Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent a

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part of his youth here. Walk around and explore ruins of palaces and the mosques, through the areas where China Clay is mined. On return we cast off for Karagola. This area is rich in bird life. Large flocks of water birds including Common Cranes can be seen here. Overnight at Karagola. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 8 KARAGOLA - BATESHWARSTHAN TO SULTANGANJ (B, L, D) In the morning we visit the Vikramashila University. Established by King Dharampala in late 8th or early 9th Century A.D. Vikramshila University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India during the reign of the Pala dynasty along with Nalanda University. Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities having more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. Subjects like theology, philosophy, grammar, metaphysics and logic were taught here. Later we cruise through the Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, established for the protection and conservation of the Ganges River Dolphins. The area also supports a rich diversity of other wildlife, many of which are threatened with extinction. These species include the Indian smooth-coated Otter, several species of hard and soft shell turtles, and an astounding variety of migratory and resident migratory birds. Sultanganj conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by a temple of Ghaibinath Siva. During the rule of the Maurya, Gupta and Pala many works of art and architecture were raised at Sultanganj. Excavation near Sultanpur has yielded ancient relics like stupas, seals, coins, terracotta Hindu and Buddha images. Overnight at Sultanganj. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 9 SULTANGANJ TO MUNGER (B, L, D) After breakfast we visit Sultanganj conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by a temple of Ghaibinath Siva. During the rule of the Maurya, Gupta and Pala many works of art and architecture were raised at Sultanganj. Excavation near Sultanpur has yielded ancient relics like stupas, seals, coins, terracotta Hindu and Buddha images. Later we sail to Munger overnight Munger Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 10

MUNGER TO SIMARIA (B, L, D)

After breakfast we visit Bihar School of Yoga: Established in 1963 by Swami Niranjanananda Bihar School of Yoga in order to preserve and regenerate the total scope of yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. Later we sail for Simaria. Overnight at Simaria. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 11 DISEMBARK SHIP AT SIMARIA - NALANDA – BODHGAYA (B, L, D) – BY SURFACE We disembark the ship at 0700 hrs and travel by surface to Nalanda. Nalanda perhaps is the oldest seat of learning in India. It treasures a glorious past, rich spiritual heritage and some extraordinary

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architectural ruins believed to be established in 5th century by the Gupta Kings. Thereafter we drive through Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadha Empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important sermons here. Lunch at local restaurant, we continue our journey to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya – one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists. It was here, under a banyan tree, “the Bodhi Tree” Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become “Buddha”, the Enlightened One. Overnight at Royal Residency / Lotus Hotel / Hotel Sujata at Bodhgaya / Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir

DAY 12 BODHGAYA – VARANASI (B, L, D) After breakfast we drive to Varanasi – the holiest town for Hindus. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. in the afternoon we take the rickshaws to experience the enchanting and the incredible life on the streets of Varanasi. We continue, by walk to visit the Ghats to witness the evening Aarti on the Ganges. Overnight at Taj Gateway Varanasi / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi

DAY 13 DEPARTURE FROM VARANASI Transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

INCREDIBLY ON THE GANGES BETWEEN BENARES (VARANASI) AND CALCUTTA (KOLKATA)

13 Days on Tour: 8 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 4 Nights in Hotels

DOWNSTREAM PROGRAM (SEASON 2011-2012) DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT VARANASI (D) Arrive at Varanasi – the holiest town for Hindus. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Evening is at leisure Overnight at Taj Gateway Varanasi / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi

DAY 2 VARANASI (B, L, D) After breakfast visit Sarnath – the ruins and Museum. The city is famous as the seat where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Archeological Museum of Sarnath contains a large collection of sculptures that stand testimony to the fervent artistic and religious activity for more than a thousand years. Late in the afternoon we take the rickshaws to experience the enchanting and the incredible life on the streets of Varanasi. We continue, by walk to visit the Ghats to witness the evening Aarti on the Ganges. Overnight at Taj Gateway Varanasi / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi

DAY 3 VARANASI - BODHGAYA(B, L, D) - BY SURFACE After breakfast we start our journey for Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya – one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists. It was here, under a banyan tree, “the Bodhi Tree” Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become “Buddha”, the Enlightened One.

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Overnight at Royal Residency / Lotus Hotel / Hotel Sujata in Bodhgaya / Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir

DAY 4 BY SURFACE FROM BODHGAYA – NALANDA – SIMARIA (B, L, D) EMBARK SHIP After breakfast we drive to Nalanda. Nalanda perhaps is the oldest seat of learning in India. It treasures a glorious past, rich spiritual heritage and some extraordinary architectural ruins believed to be established in 5th century by the Gupta Kings. Thereafter we drive through Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadha Empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important sermons here. After lunch at local restaurant, we continue our drive to embark RV Bengal Ganga from Simaria. Overnight at Simaria. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5 MUNGER - SULTANGANJ (B, L, D) We cast off for Munger. We visit the Bihar School of Yoga: Established in 1963 by Swami Niranjanananda Bihar School of Yoga in order to preserve and regenerate the total scope of yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. We sail past Sultanganj conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by a temple of Ghaibinath Siva. During the rule of the Maurya, Gupta and Pala many works of art and architecture were raised at Sultanganj. Excavation near Sultanpur has yielded ancient relics like stupas, seals, coins, terracotta Hindu and Buddha images. Overnight at Sultanganj Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6 SULTANGANJ - BATESHWARSTHAN – KARAGOLA (B, L, D) We cast off from Sultanganj to arrive at Bateshwarsthan. We cruise through the Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, established for the protection and conservation of the Ganges River Dolphins. The area also supports a rich diversity of other wildlife, many of which are threatened with extinction. These species include the Indian smooth-coated Otter, several species of hard and soft shell turtles, and an astounding variety of migratory and resident migratory birds. Later we visit the ruins of Vikramashila University. Established by King Dharampala in late 8th or early 9th Century A.D. Vikramashila University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India during the reign of the Pala dynasty along with Nalanda University. Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities having more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. Subjects like theology, philosophy, grammar, meta-physics and logic were taught here. Overnight at Karagola Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 7 KARAGOLA - RAJ MAHAL TO FARRAKA (B, L, D) Cast off from Karagola. This area is rich in bird life. Large flocks of water birds including Common Cranes can be seen here. Later arrive at Rajmahal. Once known as Akbarnagar, founded by the Mogul Emperor Akbar as capital of Bengal in 1592. Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent a part of his youth here. Walk around and explore ruins of palaces and the mosques, through the areas where China Clay is mined. Overnight at Farraka.

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Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 8 FARAKKA – JANGIPUR (B, L, D) Morning we cross the Farakka lock gate. After we cruise through the connecting canal to the Ganges revealing vast Panoramas, we cross the lock. We also see the Farakka barrage which regulates the Ganges water into Bangladesh and India. Continue our cruise through the waters of West Bengal to Jangipur. Overnight at Jangipur Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 9 MURSHIDABAD – MATIARI (B, L, D) Cast off for Murshidabad. We visit the Temples of Baranagar. The Temple complex was built in 1714 – 1793 by Rani Bhabani, the landlord of Natore. The brick built temples are considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal Terracotta art. Arrive at Murshidabad Jetty opposite the New Palace now under renovation. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 – 1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Opposite to the Palace it the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time. We will also visit the Katra mosque. The mosque was built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25. Overnight at Matiari Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 10 MATIARI - KALNA (B, L, D) Continue to cruise past the religious town of Mayapur, quintessentially a temple town known for being the headquarters of the Krishna Consciousness Movement “ISKON” and the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, born in 1486 AD and considered as an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The town is situated on the banks of the confluence of the Ganga and the Jalangi rivers. We cruise to Kalna. Here we ride Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari complex that has the maximum concentration of temples. The complex contains a unique mixture of Bengal’s temple architecture. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 'aat – chala' or “eight sloped roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. Due to its ingenious planning all Shiva lingams can be seen from the centre of the temple. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849 contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga and various aspects of day to day life. The other temples are the Lalji temple built in 1739, the oldest in the complex, Krishnachandra temple built in 1751 is similar to the Lalji temple. The complex also houses a flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan. Overnight at Kalna.

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Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 11 KALNA – KOLKATA (B, L, D) After casting off from Kalna very early in the morning our journey will take us through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century. We will continue our cruise through the vast country side of golden Bengal. Later arrive at Kolkata. Overnight Kolkata Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 12 KOLKATA (B, L, D) DISEMBARK FROM SHIP After breakfast we will disembark and go for a city orientation tour of Kolkata. We will visit the Colonial parts of Kolkata; we will drive a section of the Heritage Buildings of Kolkata covering Writer’s Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and then drive past St. John’s Church and Victoria Memorial [Photo Stop]. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and later we will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal [Kolkata]

DAY 13 DEPARTURE FROM KOLKATA (B,_,_) After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

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BENGAL YATRA

BETWEEN CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) AND FARRAKA 7 Days on Tour: 4 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 2 Nights in Hotels

UPSTREAM PROGRAM (SEASON 2011-2012) DAY 1

ARRIVE AT KOLKATA (_, _, D)

Arrival of guests by International flights in evening, night or after midnight at Kolkata or New Delhi. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal [Kolkata] / Airport Hotel New Delhi OR on the Ship

DAY 2

FROM KOLKATA TO KALNA (B, L, D)

The international guests that are arriving at New Delhi will take the morning flight to Kolkata. Later go for a city orientation tour of Kolkata. The guests those who are already in Kolkata will go for the city orientation tour. The city orientation tour will take us to the Colonial parts of Kolkata; we will drive a section of the Heritage Buildings of Kolkata covering Writer’s Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and then drive past St. John’s Church and Victoria Memorial [Photo Stop]. After city tour we will have lunch at a local restaurant (or on board) and then embark RV Bengal Ganga at Kolkata after Bally bridge. Our upstream journey will take us through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century. We will continue our cruise through the vast country side of golden Bengal. Once all the passengers are on board we start sailing on our upstream journey to Kalna Overnight sailing on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 3 KALNA – MATIARI (B, L, D) Early morning we take rickshaws to visit the temple town of Kalna – visit the enchanting Rajbari complex that has the maximum concentration of temples. The complex contains a unique mixture of Bengal’s temple architecture. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 'aat – chala' or “eight sloped roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. Due to its ingenious planning all Shiva lingams can be seen from the centre of the temple. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849 contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga and various aspects of day to day life. The other temples are the Lalji temple built in 1739, the oldest in the complex, Krishnachandra temple built in 1751 is similar to the Lalji temple. The complex also houses a flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.

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We cruise past the religious town of Mayapur, quintessentially a temple town known for being the headquarters of the Krishna Consciousness Movement “ISKON” and the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, born in 1486 AD and considered as an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The town is situated on the banks of the confluence of the Ganga and the Jalangi rivers. Overnight at Matiari. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 4 MATIARI - MURSHIDABAD (B, L, D) Early in the morning we will visit the unique Brass making village – Matiari. The unique character of the village is as we start walking towards the village, we can hear the loud noise of beating of metal coming from all the houses which specialize in making the different brass artefacts. We will have a nice walk in the village to see and experience the different process of the brass making. Cast off and sail past Plassey – which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757, that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then rulers of Bengal and their French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years. Overnight at Murshidabad. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5 MURSHIDABAD – JANGIPUR (B, L, D) Cast off early morning to arrive at Murshidabad Jetty opposite the New Palace now under renovation. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 – 1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Opposite to the Palace it the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time. We will also visit the Katra mosque. The mosque was built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25. After Murshidabad we will visit the Temples of Baranagar. The Temple complex was built in 1714 – 1793 by Rani Bhabani, the landlord of Natore. The brick built temples are considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal Terracotta art. Overnight at Jangipur. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6 JANGIPUR - KOLKATA BY TRAIN (B, L, D) Early morning check-out Disembark at Jangipur and transfer to Jangipur Road Train Station. Depart in the morning (07:30 hrs) by Intercity Express. Arrive in the afternoon (12:50 hrs) in Calcutta (Kolkata) Howrah Junction Train Station and transfer to the hotel for dinner. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal

DAY 7 KOLKATTA (B, _, _) After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

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BENGAL YATRA

BETWEEN FARRAKA AND CALCUTTA (KOLKATA) 7 Days on Tour: 4 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 2 Nights in Hotels

DOWNSTREAM PROGRAM (SEASON 2011-2012) DAY 1

ARRIVE AT KOLKATA (_, _, D)

Arrive at Kolkata by different flights and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal Hotel

DAY 2 KOLKATA – FARAKKA BY TRAIN – EMBARK SHIP (B, L, D) Early breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Howrah Junction Train Station and departure by the Kanchanjunga Express (06:35). Arrive in the early afternoon (12:52) in Farakka and transfer on board of Rv Bengal Ganga for lunch. Cruise through the waters of West Bengal to Jangipur. Overnight at Murshidabad Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 3 MURSHIDABAD – MATIARI (B, L, D) Cast of for Murshidabad. We visit the Temples of Baranagar. The Temple complex was built in 1714 – 1793 by Rani Bhabani, the landlord of Natore. The brick built temples are considered to be amongst the best examples of Bengal Terracotta art. Arrive at Murshidabad Jetty opposite the New Palace now under renovation. We visit the Hazarduari Palace, built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 – 1838 AD) by an English architect, McLeod Duncan following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Opposite to the Palace it the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time. We will also visit the Katra mosque. The mosque was built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad Murshid Quli Khan in the 1724 – 25. Overnight at Matiari Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 4 MATIARI - KALNA (B, L, D) Continue to cruise past the religious town of Mayapur, quintessentially a temple town known for being the headquarters of the Krishna Consciousness Movement “ISKON” and the birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, born in 1486 AD and considered as an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The town is situated on the banks of the confluence of the Ganga and the Jalangi rivers. We cruise to Kalna. Here we ride Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari complex that has the maximum concentration of temples. The complex contains a unique mixture of Bengal’s temple architecture. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, the complex contains 108 'aat – chala'

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or “eight sloped roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. Due to its ingenious planning all Shiva lingams can be seen from the centre of the temple. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture. The Pratapeshwar Temple, built in 1849 contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics, mythical life of Sree Chaitanya, images of Durga and various aspects of day to day life. The other temples are the Lalji temple built in 1739, the oldest in the complex, Krishnachandra temple built in 1751 is similar to the Lalji temple. The complex also houses a flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan. Overnight at Kalna. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5 KALNA – KOLKATA (B, L, D) After casting off from Kalna very early in the morning our journey will take us through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century. We will continue our cruise through the vast country side of golden Bengal. Later arrive at Kolkata. Overnight Kolkata Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6 KOLKATA (B, L, D) – DISEMBARK FROM SHIP After breakfast we will disembark and go for a city orientation tour of Kolkata. We will visit the Colonial parts of Kolkata; we will drive a section of the Heritage Buildings of Kolkata covering Writer’s Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and then drive past St. John’s Church and Victoria Memorial [Photo Stop]. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and later we will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal [Kolkata]

DAY 7 DEPARTURE FROM KOLKATA (B,_,_) After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

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GANGA YATRA

BETWEEN FARAKKA AND VARANASI 10 Days on Tour: 6 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 3 Nights in Hotels

UPSTREAM PROGRAM – (SEASON 2011-2012) DAY 1

ARRIVE AT KOLKATA (_, _, D)

Arrival of guests by International flights in evening, night or after midnight at Kolkata or New Delhi. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal [Kolkata] / Airport Hotel New Delhi OR on the Ship

DAY 2 KOLKATA – JANGIPUR BY TRAIN (B, L, D) The international guests that are arriving at New Delhi will take the morning flight to Kolkata. Later go for a city orientation tour of Kolkata. The guests those who are already in Kolkata will go for the city orientation tour. The city orientation tour will take us to the Colonial parts of Kolkata; we will drive a section of the Heritage Buildings of Kolkata covering Writer’s Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and then drive past St. John’s Church and Victoria Memorial [Photo Stop]. After city tour we will have lunch at a local restaurant and then transfer to Howrah Junction Train Station and departure by the Intercity Express (15:15 hrs). Arrive night (20:18 hrs) in Jangipur and transfer on board of Rv Bengal Ganga. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 3 JANGIPUR - FARAKKA - RAJ MAHAL (B, L, D) We cast of early morning to reach the Farakka Lock Gate and cross through the lock within 1000 hrs. After crossing the lock we cruise through the connecting canal to the Ganges revealing vast Panoramas. We also see the Farakka barrage which regulates the Ganges water into Bangladesh and India. Continue cruise to Rajmahal. Overnight at Rajmahal Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 4 RAJ MAHAL – KARAGOLA (B, L, D) Before Breakfast walk to visit the ruins of Rajmahal. Once known as Akbarnagar, founded by the Mogul Emperor Akbar as capital of Bengal in 1592. Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent a part of his youth here. Walk around and explore ruins of palaces and the mosques, through the areas where China Clay is mined. On return we cast off for Karagola. This area is rich in bird life. Large flocks of water birds including Common Cranes can be seen here. Overnight at Karagola. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5 KARAGOLA - BATESHWARSTHAN TO SULTANGANJ (B, L, D) In the morning we visit the Vikramashila University.

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Established by King Dharampala in late 8th or early 9th Century A.D. Vikramshila University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India during the reign of the Pala dynasty along with Nalanda University. Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities having more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. Subjects like theology, philosophy, grammar, metaphysics and logic were taught here. Later we cruise through the Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, established for the protection and conservation of the Ganges River Dolphins. The area also supports a rich diversity of other wildlife, many of which are threatened with extinction. These species include the Indian smooth-coated Otter, several species of hard and soft shell turtles, and an astounding variety of migratory and resident migratory birds. Sultanganj conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by a temple of Ghaibinath Siva. During the rule of the Maurya, Gupta and Pala many works of art and architecture were raised at Sultanganj. Excavation near Sultanpur has yielded ancient relics like stupas, seals, coins, terracotta Hindu and Buddha images. Overnight at Sultanganj. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6 SULTANGANJ TO MUNGER (B, L, D) After breakfast we visit Sultanganj conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by a temple of Ghaibinath Siva. During the rule of the Maurya, Gupta and Pala many works of art and architecture were raised at Sultanganj. Excavation near Sultanpur has yielded ancient relics like stupas, seals, coins, terracotta Hindu and Buddha images. Later we sail to Munger overnight Munger Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 7

MUNGER TO SIMARIA (B, L, D)

After breakfast we visit Bihar School of Yoga: Established in 1963 by Swami Niranjanananda Bihar School of Yoga in order to preserve and regenerate the total scope of yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. Later we sail for Simaria. Overnight at Simaria. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 8

DISEMBARK SHIP AT SIMARIA - NALANDA – BODHGAYA (B, L, D) – BY SURFACE

We disembark the ship at 0700 hrs and travel by surface to Nalanda. Nalanda perhaps is the oldest seat of learning in India. It treasures a glorious past, rich spiritual heritage and some extraordinary architectural ruins believed to be established in 5th century by the Gupta Kings. Thereafter we drive through Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadha Empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important sermons here. Lunch at local restaurant, we continue our journey to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya – one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists. It was here, under a banyan tree, “the Bodhi Tree” Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become “Buddha”, the Enlightened One.

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Overnight at Royal Residency / Lotus Hotel / Hotel Sujata at Bodhgaya / Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir

DAY 9 BODHGAYA – VARANASI (B, L, D) After breakfast we drive to Varanasi – the holiest town for Hindus. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. in the afternoon we take the rickshaws to experience the enchanting and the incredible life on the streets of Varanasi. We continue, by walk to visit the Ghats to witness the evening Aarti on the Ganges. Overnight at Taj Gateway Varanasi / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi

DAY 10 DEPARTURE FROM VARANASI Transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

GANGA YATRA

BETWEEN VARANASI AND FARAKKA 10 Days on Tour: 5 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 4 Nights in Hotels

DOWNSTREAM PROGRAM (SEASON 2011-2012) DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT VARANASI Arrive in Varanasi – the holiest town for Hindus. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Evening is at leisure Overnight at Taj Gateway Varanasi / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi

DAY 2 VARANASI (B, L, D) After breakfast visit Sarnath – the ruins and Museum. The city is famous as the seat where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. Archeological Museum of Sarnath contains a large collection of sculptures that stand testimony to the fervent artistic and religious activity for more than a thousand years. Late in the afternoon we take the rickshaws to experience the enchanting and the incredible life on the streets of Varanasi. We continue, by walk to visit the Ghats to witness the evening Aarti on the Ganges. Overnight at Taj Varanasi / Radisson Hotel / Clarks Varanasi

DAY 3 VARANASI - BODHGAYA(B, L, D) – BY SURFACE After breakfast we start our journey for Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya – one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centre for the Buddhists. It was here, under a banyan tree, “the Bodhi Tree” Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become “Buddha”, the Enlightened One. Overnight at Royal Residency / Lotus Hotel / Hotel Sujata in Bodhgaya / Indo Hokke Hotel, Rajgir

DAY 4 BY SURFACE FROM BODHGAYA – NALANDA – SIMARIA (B, L, D) EMBARK SHIP After breakfast we drive to Nalanda. Nalanda perhaps is the oldest seat of learning in India. It treasures a glorious past, rich spiritual heritage and some extraordinary architectural ruins believed to be established in 5th century by the Gupta Kings. Thereafter we drive through Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadha Empire. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important

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sermons here. After lunch at local restaurant, we continue our drive to embark RV Bengal Ganga from Simaria. Overnight at Simaria. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5 MUNGER - SULTANGANJI (B, L, D) We cast off for Munger. We visit the Bihar School of Yoga: Established in 1963 by Swami Niranjanananda Bihar School of Yoga in order to preserve and regenerate the total scope of yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. We sail past Sultanganj conspicuous for two great rocks of granite, one of which on the river bank is crowned by a mosque. The second and larger one is occupied by a temple of Ghaibinath Siva. During the rule of the Maurya, Gupta and Pala many works of art and architecture were raised at Sultanganj. Excavation near Sultanpur has yielded ancient relics like stupas, seals, coins, terracotta Hindu and Buddha images. Overnight at Sultanganj Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6 SULTANGANJ - BATESHWARSTHAN – KARAGOLA (B, L, D) We cast off from Bhagalpur to arrive at Bateshwar Sthan. We cruise through the Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, established for the protection and conservation of the Ganges River Dolphins. The area also supports a rich diversity of other wildlife, many of which are threatened with extinction. These species include the Indian smooth-coated Otter, several species of hard and soft shell turtles, and an astounding variety of migratory and resident migratory birds. Later we visit the ruins of Vikramashila University. Established by King Dharampala in late 8th or early 9th Century A.D. Vikramashila University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India during the reign of the Pala dynasty along with Nalanda University. Vikramashila was one of the largest Buddhist universities having more than one hundred teachers and about one thousand students. Subjects like theology, philosophy, grammar, meta-physics and logic were taught here. Overnight at Karagola Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 7 KARAGOLA - RAJ MAHAL TO FARRAKA (B, L, D) Cast off from Karagola. This area is rich in bird life. Large flocks of water birds including Common Cranes can be seen here. Later arrive at Rajmahal. Once known as Akbarnagar, founded by the Mogul Emperor Akbar as capital of Bengal in 1592. Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent a part of his youth here. Walk around and explore ruins of palaces and the mosques, through the areas where China Clay is mined. Overnight at Farraka. Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 8 FARAKKA – JANGIPUR (B, L, D) Morning we cross the Farakka lock gate. After we cruise through the connecting canal to the Ganges through vast Panoramas, we cross the lock. We also see the Farakka barrage which regulates the Ganges water into Bangladesh and India. Continue our cruise through the waters of West Bengal to Jangipur. Overnight at Jangipur

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Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 9 DISEMBARK SHIP AT JANGIPUR BY TRAIN TO KOLKATA (B, L, D) After a very early breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to Jangipur Railway Station. Depart early morning at (07:30 hrs) by Intercity Express. Arrive in the afternoon at (12:50 hrs) in Calcutta (Kolkata) Howrah Junction Train Station and transfer to the hotel. Enroute to the hotel we will drive through the Colonial parts of Kolkata; a section of the Heritage Buildings of Calcutta covering Writers’ Building, The General Post Office, The High court, The Raj Bhawan, The Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building, The Reserve Bank of India also visit the Dalhousie Square and the drive past St. John’s Church. Overnight at Oberoi Grand / Taj Bengal

DAY 10 KOLKATA (B) After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

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PRE/POST CRUISE LAND TOURS UPSTREAM POST CRUISE TOUR

TAJ MAHAL - AGRA A tour of India is not complete without visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra and surroundings. Tour includes four days coach excursion and accommodation in hotels like the Radisson hotel and the Bagh Hotel.

DURATION: 4 Days/3 Nights DAY 1 VARANASI / DELHI ( _, _, D) Arrive Delhi by flight and transfer to Radisson hotel or Similar. Overnight in the Hotel

DAY 2 DELHI / BHARATPUR ( B, L, D) Breakfast in the Hotel. Drive to Bharatpur (Aprrox 4 ½ Hrs) and transfer to The Bagh at Bharatpur Enroute - visit Deeg Palace. This small town contains the summer palace of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Built two centuries ago, it seems like a modest palace for a modest Maharaja but in 1762 the Maharaja of Bharatpur had the temerity to attack the Red Fort. Some of the booty he carried off included an entire marble building which can still be seen. Deeg has other palaces and gardens laid out with fountains in the garden. Overnight at the Bagh Hotel.

DAY 3 VISIT TAJ MAHAL (B, L, D) Breakfast in the Hotel. Enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri is an epic built in red sandstone, a city of yesteryears, today lost in the mists of time…… Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D. A son less Akbar had gone to Sikri to seek blessings of a Muslim saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. When his son was finally born, he in gratitude constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri. Later, due to shortage of water and unrest in north-west, Akbar had to abandon this city. The beautiful marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti attracts thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint. Other renowned places are Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai's Palace and Birbal Bhavan. Further proceed to Agra and visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal: One of the wonders of the world, built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful mausoleum is pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Construction of Taj begun in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Total 20000 people worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is considered as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines

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elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic architectural styles. While the white domed marble mausoleum is most familiar, Taj Mahal is an integrated complex of structures and was completed around 1648. Later visit Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. Construction of the massive Agra Fort began in 1565, and additions were made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan. While in Akbar's time, the fort was principally a military structure, by Shah Jehan's tenure the fort had become partially a palace Overnight at the Bagh Hotel.

DAY 4 VARANASI / DELHI ( B, L, D) Breakfast in the Hotel. Depart for Delhi. Afternoon half day city tour of New Delhi Lutyen’s Delhi stands in its formal splendor, a city of wide boulevards offering ever changing perspectives with landscaped formal parks, a feel of the contemporary and the colonial past. You will drive around the magnificent Parliament Building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan currently the official residence of the President of India spread over 330 acres of land, once an awe-inspiring residence of the British Viceroys of India. We will drive to the India Gate, a memorial for soldiers who laid down their lives in World War 1 and the Afghan wars for the British Empire. Following India's independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti (Immortal Soldier). Thereafter visit Humayun’s Tomb, the frontrunner of Taj Mahal. This grand tomb is the best-preserved example of early Moghul architecture in Delhi and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Built in the mid -16th century by Haji Begum, wife of Humayun, the second Moghul emperor, it displays elements of Moghul design that were eventually refined and incorporated into the Taj Mahal in Agra. It comprises a squat building with high arched entrances topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens. The gardens also contain the red-and-white sandstone and black-and-yellow marble tomb of Haji Begum After Dinner transfer to the Airport to board the flight for Onward Destination

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DOWNSTREAM PRE CRUISE TOUR

TAJ MAHAL - AGRA A tour of India is not complete without visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra and surroundings. Tour includes four days coach excursion and accommodation in hotels like the Radisson hotel and the Bagh Hotel.

DURATION: 4 Days/3 Nights DAY 1 ARRIVE DELHI ( _, _, _) Arrive Delhi by flight and transfer to Radisson hotel or Similar. Overnight in the Hotel.

DAY 2 DELHI / BHARATPUR (B, L, D) Breakfast in the Hotel. Tour of New Delhi Lutyen’s Delhi stands in its formal splendor, a city of wide boulevards offering ever changing perspectives with landscaped parks, a feel of the contemporary and the colonial past. You will drive around the magnificent Parliament Building and the Rashtrapati Bhawan currently the official residence of the President of India spread over 330 acres of land, once an awe-inspiring residence of the British Viceroys of India. We will drive to the India Gate, a memorial for soldiers who laid down their lives in World War 1 and the Afghan wars for the British Empire. Following India's independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti (Immortal Soldier). Thereafter visit Humayun’s Tomb, the frontrunner of Taj Mahal. This grand tomb is the best-preserved example of early Moghul architecture in Delhi and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Built in the mid -16th century by Haji Begum, wife of Humayun, the second Moghul emperor, it displays elements of Moghul design that were eventually refined and incorporated into the Taj Mahal in Agra. It comprises a squat building with high arched entrances topped by a bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens. The gardens also contain the red-and-white sandstone and black-and-yellow marble tomb of Haji Begum Later drive to Bharatpur (Aprrox 4 ½ Hrs) and transfer to The Bagh Hotel, Bharatpur Enroute - visit Deeg Palace. Barely 35 kilometers from Bharatpur, Deegh, is the summer palace of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Built two centuries ago, it seems like a modest palace for a modest Maharaja but in 1762 the Maharaja of Bharatpur had the temerity to attack the Red Fort. Some of the booty he carried off included an entire marble building which can still be seen. Deeg has other palaces and gardens laid out with fountains in the garden. Overnight at the Bagh Hotel.

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DAY 3 VISIT TAJ MAHAL (B, L, D) Breakfast in the Hotel. Depart for Taj Mahal enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is an epic built in red sandstone, a city of yesteryears, today lost in the mists of time‌‌ Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1564 A.D. A son less Akbar had gone to Sikri to seek blessings of a Muslim saint Sheikh Salim Chishti. When his son was finally born, he in gratitude constructed his capital city and named it Fatehpur Sikri. Later, due to shortage of water and unrest in north-west, Akbar had to abandon this city. The beautiful marble tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti attracts thousands who seek blessings of the revered saint. Other renowned places are Diwan-e-Am, Diwan-e-Khaas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai's Palace and Birbal Bhavan. Further proceed to Agra and visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort The Taj Mahal: One of the wonders of the world, built by Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful mausoleum is pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Construction of Taj begun in 1631 and was not completed until 1653. Total 20000 people worked on the building. The Taj Mahal is considered as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic architectural styles. While the white domed marble mausoleum is most familiar, Taj Mahal is an integrated complex of structures and was completed around 1648. Later visit Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar, the maze of courtyards, mosques and private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. Construction of the massive Agra Fort began in 1565, and additions were made until the time of his grandson, Shah Jehan. While in Akbar's time, the fort was principally a military structure, by Shah Jehan's tenure the fort had become partially a palace Overnight at the Bagh Hotel.

DAY 4 BHARATPUR / DELHI (B, L, D) Breakfast in the Hotel. Later drive to Delhi and transfer to the Airport to board the flight SG 114 at 1410 for Varanasi.

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RETAIL RATES CRUISES RATES

Per person in US$ valid FROM SEPTEMBER 2011 TO MAR 2012

INCREDIBLY ON THE GANGES 12 Nights / 13 Days Main Deck

Twin US$ 6,890

Twin Single use US$ 8,270

Upper Deck

Twin US$ 8,265

Twin Single use US$ 9,640

BENGAL YATRA 6 Nights / 7 Days Main Deck

Twin US$ 4,820

Twin Single use US$ 5,790

Upper Deck

Twin US$ 5,790

Twin Single use US$ 6,750

GANGA YATRA 9 Nights / 10 Days Main Deck

Twin US$ 6,200

Twin Single use US$ 7,440

Upper Deck

Twin US$ 7,440

Twin Single use US$ 8,670

IMPORTANT NOTE: For All departures should the occupancy be less than 10 PASSENGERS the Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise up to 60 days prior the departure date. A written confirmation notice will be released to all booked clients and/or their agents within and not later than 60 days prior the departure date. In case of cancellation an alternative cruise will be offered and if not acceptable all down payments will be refunded.

CRUISE PRICE INCLUDES Hotel accommodation and all meals as indicated by the programs – Indian Brand Mineral Water at the time of meals - Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary – English / German Speaking Guide - All Entrance Fees – Transfers by car/minivan/coach as per programs – all entrance fees - camera fees (still) – local assistance - Government Service Tax, fuel surcharges if applicable (*) CRUISE PRICE EXCLUDES International or domestic flights (At present *Jan 2011* air fare on Normal Economy for Delhi/Varanasi is USD. 265 Nett Per Pax) or transportation beyond Calcutta or Varanasi, Wine and Spirits or Beverages, personal laundry, all visa costs, gratuities to staff, all items of a personal nature; health-accident-baggage or travel protection plan outside the ship’s boundaries. (*) Within the ticket price fuel costs have been calculated on average prices at the time of publication of this document. Should fuel prices rise by more than 10 % the company will be entitled to impose a fuel supplement equivalent to the amount by which the fuel price exceeds the price allowed for in the contract, provided that the notice of this rise is given to the Passenger and/or his-her Agent within 30 days prior the cruise departure date.

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PRE/POST CRUISES LAND TOURS RATES

Per person in US$ valid FROM SEPTEMBER 2011 TO MAR 2012

TAJ MAHAL - AGRA 4DAYS/ 3NIGHTS FOR 1 PERSONS

US$ 1,690.00 PER PERSON IN SINGLE ROOM

FOR 2 PERSONS

US$ 945 .00 PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARE BASIS

FOR 3 TO 4 PERSONS

US$ 845.00

PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARE BASIS

- SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT US$ 380.00 PER PERSON - CURRENT AIRFARE SUPPLEMENT: US$ 242.00 PER PERSON (ECONOMY CLASS, DELHI TO VARANASI OR VV.) Agra Package Price includes 1 night accommodation at the Radisson Hotel or similar +2 night accommodation at the Bagh Hotel or similar – Meals & Sightseeing as described in the Itinerary –English Speaking Guide - All Entrance Fees – Transfers Agra Package Price excludes Drinks, laundry, all items of a personal nature; health-accident-baggage or travel protection; Air tickets and all Airport taxes; Video or still camera fees; 2.58% Government Service Tax IMPORTANT NOTE:. -

Taj Mahal and Deeg Palace are closed on Friday.

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Note SG flight does not have Business Class

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Please include 2.58% Government Service Tax.

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PARTNER HOTELS KOLKATTA (CALCUTTA) OBEROI GRAND - WWW.OBEROIHOTELS.COM/OBEROI_KOLKATA/INDEX.ASP Affectionately known as the ‘Grande Dame of Calcutta’, the Oberoi Grand is located in Chowringhee, the heart of Calcutta’s commercial district and shopping centre at walking distance from the most famous colonial landmarks. For over 125 years the hotel is an oasis of calm and tranquility in the hustle and bustle of Kolkata. It boasts elegantly appointed rooms, excellent restaurants offering award winning cuisine and an exclusive spa and fitness center by Banyan Tree. The hotel takes pride in its 213 guest rooms and suites, variety of specialty restaurants and bars, recreation, business centre, and conference facilities. All rooms and suites convey a great sense of space, elegance and gracious living.

TAJ BENGAL - WWW.TAJHOTELS.COM/LUXURY/TAJ%20BENGAL,KOLKATA/DEFAULT.HTM Taj Bengal, a city landmark in downtown Kolkata, is just 2 kms from the city’s commercial centre and is the nearest luxury hotel to Government offices and Consulates. Located in the city’s greenest precinct, it is within walking distance of the Victoria Memorial, Royal Calcutta Race Course, Horticulture Gardens, National Library and the Zoological Gardens. Host to Heads of State, dignitaries and businessmen of international stature, this hotel is geared to the needs of a global business traveller. Designed by legendary architect Bob Fox, Taj Bengal stands apart with its elegant façade, modern architecture, classical atrium design and interiors with genuine antiques and priceless art.

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VARANASI (BENARES) THE GATEWAY (TAJ) GANGES - WWW.THEGATEWAYHOTELS.COM/TVNSTG_CITYFACTS.HTM The hotel is set amidst 40 acres of lush green gardens, just 21 kms (45 mins drive) from the airport, Taj Ganges is the veritable haven of peace and tranquility in this crowded and ancient temple city. The hotel is 6 kms away from the city Centre or the commercial hub of Varanasi also commonly known as The Chowk. The hotel is constructed in the holy Swastik shape (The Swastika is an ancient symbol which re-presents good fortune and blessing). Taj Ganges offers recently renovated & refurbished worldclass contemporary rooms & suites with choice of views ranging from the lush green gardens or the swimming pool. The hotel has 130 rooms mostly Standard Rooms and Executive Rooms.

RADISSON - WWW.RADISSON.COM/VARANASI-U-P--HOTEL-IN-221002/INDVARAN The Radisson Hotel Varanasi is a five-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city's main business district. The hotel has 116 spacious, comfortable rooms and suites with all facilities. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, and on-site spa's soothing therapies or a state-of-the-art Fitness Center. The are two restaurants, an elegant bar, casual tea/coffee lounge and poolside barbecue

CLARKS - WWW.CLARKSHOTELS.COM/ The structure of this hotel dates back to over half a century which is why the spacious rooms have a colonial accent, with wide verandahs opening on to lush gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. There are 104 tastefully furnished spacious rooms. Restaurants include Amrapal a Multi cuisine dining room with wide choice of continental, Indian and Chinese cuisine.

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BODHGAYA ROYAL RESIDENCY - WWW.THEROYALRESIDENCY.NET/BODHGAYA/INDEX.HTM Located one kilometer from Mahabodhi Temple, it is a good 3 stars superior hotel featuring 62 centrally air-conditioned twin bed rooms and 5 suites with all facilities for a property of this kind.

LOTUS NIKKO - WWW.LOTUSNIKKOHOTELS.COM/HTML/BHOTEL.HTM Located in the heart of the city adjoining "Maha Bodhi Temple� the Hotel has forty six deluxe room and one presidential suite. Restaurant serves Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Continental Cuisine.

RAJGIR INDO HOKKE - WWW.THEROYALRESIDENCY.NET/RAJGIR/INDEX.HTM Classical Indian architecture aesthetically blended with Japanese architecture creates the true ambience for calmness, the Hotel has 44 rooms consisting of Japanese and Western style rooms and 1 Western Suite. The Japanese style rooms are furnished exquisitely with teak wood flooring, Japanese style furniture and exotic lampshades to create an ethnic Japanese ambience. Each room unit has an area of 22.5 sqm and balcony of 3.8 sqm. Lotus Restaurant serving genuine & delicious Japanese & Nepalese cuisine.

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BHARAPTUR (RAJASTHAN) THE BAGH - WWW.THEBAGH.COM/ The Bagh is a heritage hotel set in 12 acres two hundred year-old garden in Bharatpur Rajasthan, it is located just four hours away from major destinations such as Delhi. The Bagh offers visitors an opportunity to experience quiet luxury near Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the most famous bird sanctuaries in the world. The hotel's twenty three rooms are located in three different residential complexes. A restaurant, banquet hall, coffee shop, library and a gym, all situated in a verdant orchard, allow guests to enjoy solitude and companionship in restful indoor and outdoor spaces.

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SAILING DATES SEASON 2011/2012 SORTED BY CRUISES INCREDIBLY ON THE GANGES

CALCUTTA TO VARANASI OR VV. (12 NIGHTS) Upstream CODE

Downstream DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

CODE

DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

GC 011

30-Sep-11

12-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 012

10-Oct-11

22-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 013

28-Oct-11

9-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 014

7-Nov-11

19-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 015

25-Nov-11

7-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 016

5-Dec-11

17-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 017

23-Dec-11

4-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 018

2-Jan-12

14-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 019

20-Jan-12

1-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 020

30-Jan-12

11-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 021

17-Feb-12

29-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 022

27-Feb-12

10-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 023

23-Mar-12

04-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 024

04-Apr-12

16-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

BENGAL YATRA

CALCUTTA TO FARAKKA OR VV. (6 NIGHTS) Downstream

Upstream CODE

DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

CODE

DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

BY 011

30-Sep-11

6-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 012

16-Oct-11

22-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 013

28-Oct-11

3-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 014

13-Nov-11

19-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 015

25-Nov-11

1-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 016

11-Dec-11

17-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 017

23-Dec-11

29-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 018

8-Jan-12

14-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 019

20-Jan-12

26-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 020

5-Feb-12

11-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 021

17-Feb-12

23-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 022

4-Mar-12

10-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 023

23-Mar-12

29-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 024

10-Apr-12

16-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

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GANGA YATRA

FARAKKA TO CALCUTTA OR VV. (9 NIGHTS) Upstream CODE

Downstream DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

CODE

DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

GY 011

3-Oct-11

12-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 012

10-Oct-11

19-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 013

31-Oct-11

9-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 014

7-Nov-11

16-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 015

28-Nov-11

7-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 016

5-Dec-11

14-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 017

26-Dec-11

4-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 018

2-Jan-12

11-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 019

23-Jan-12

1-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 020

30-Jan-12

8-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 021

20-Feb-12

29-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 022

27-Feb-12

7-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 023

26-Mar-12

04-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 024

4-Apr-12

13-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

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ALL CRUISES

SORTED BY DATES

CRUISE

ROUTE

DEP DATE

ARR DATE

VESSEL

CODE

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Upstream

30-Sep-11

12-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 011

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

30-Sep-11

6-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 011

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

3-Oct-11

12-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 011

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

10-Oct-11

22-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 012

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

10-Oct-11

19-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 012

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

16-Oct-11

22-Oct-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 012

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Upstream

28-Oct-11

9-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 013

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

28-Oct-11

3-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 013

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

31-Oct-11

9-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 013

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

7-Nov-11

19-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 014

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

7-Nov-11

16-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 014

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

13-Nov-11

19-Nov-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 014

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Upstream

25-Nov-11

7-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 015

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

25-Nov-11

1-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 015

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

28-Nov-11

7-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 015

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

5-Dec-11

17-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GC 016

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

5-Dec-11

14-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

GY 016

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

11-Dec-11

17-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 016

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N))

Upstream

23-Dec-11

4-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 017

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

23-Dec-11

29-Dec-11

BENGAL GANGA

BY 017

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

26-Dec-11

4-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 017

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

2-Jan-12

14-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 018

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

2-Jan-12

11-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 018

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

8-Jan-12

14-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 018

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Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Upstream

20-Jan-12

1-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 019

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

20-Jan-12

26-Jan-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 019

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

23-Jan-12

1-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 019

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

30-Jan-12

11-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 020

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

30-Jan-12

8-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 020

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

5-Feb-12

11-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 020

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Upstream

17-Feb-12

29-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 021

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

17-Feb-12

23-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 021

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

20-Feb-12

29-Feb-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 021

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

27-Feb-12

10-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 022

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

27-Feb-12

7-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 022

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

4-Mar-12

10-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 022

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Upstream

23-Mar-12

04-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 023

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Upstream

23-Mar-12

29-Mar-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 023

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Upstream

26-Mar-12

04-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 023

Incredibly on the Ganges (12N)

Downstream

04-Apr-12

16-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

GC 024

Ganga Yatra (9N)

Downstream

4-Apr-12

13-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

GY 024

Bengal Yatra (6N)

Downstream

10-Apr-12

16-Apr-12

BENGAL GANGA

BY 024

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SALES TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PASSENGERS RETAIL RATES & AGENT COMMISION CRUISE RATES •

The Cruises Published Retail Rates are per person in US$ based on two pax sharing a cabin.

The Cruises Published Retail Rates are based on known costs (including Fuel Costs and Governmental Taxes/fees) as for 01 January 2011.

The Cruises Published Retail Rates are guaranteed within the validity of the same but the company reserves the right to apply a surcharge (up to 30 days before the departure) in the sole case of an increase in Governmental Tax/Fees and/or Fuel Costs. Such surcharge is applicable to any bookings where the full balance has not been paid yet.

LAND TOUR RATES All rates are commissionable to travel agents in US Dollar at current rates of exchange and are subject to change without prior notice. CHILDREN POLICY - Up to 2 years: Complimentary in the parent/guardian’s cabin. - 3 to12 Years: if the child stays in the bed with one of the parents/guardians 40% of the twin-sharing rate. If the child stays alone in Single Room 75% of the Single Use Rate (subject to availability) ON BOARD GUIDE POLICY We normally provide an English / German Speaking Guide. An additional non-English speaking guide is provided if more than 18 persons are booked by parties speaking the same language (Subject to availability).

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RESERVATION POLICIES & PAYMENT TERMS (not applicable for charters) ENQUIRES / RESERVATION Heritage River Cruises Pvt. Ltd. / Rv Bengal Ganga Sector B - Pocket 9 / Flat No 9123, Third Floor, Vasant Apartments, LIG Flats, Masoodpur, Vasant Kunj – 110070, New Delhi E-mail: reservations@bengalganga.com / sales@bengalganga.com

BOOKING PROCEDURES BOOKING

We kindly require your booking request confirmation by Mail or Fax. INVOICE

After receiving your booking, we will send you a “Confirmation” Invoice. Payment can be done either by Bank Transfer or Credit Card (subject to bank approval). RECONFIRMATION

We kindly require to send us a confirmation e-mail (or Fax) within 3 working days of the invoice issuing date with the acceptance of the “Booking Terms and Conditions” stating guest names, Passport-Visa Number, DOB, Arrival Date in Myanmar, Arrival Flight. DEPOSIT

To secure the reservation, 20% deposit (not refundable) is required upon reconfirmation. If the booking is made less than 61 days prior the departure we require to settle the full amount of the holiday price. If payment is not received within the stated option deadline the cabins will be released. CANCELLATION TERMS The cancellation notice must be received in writing either by e-mail or fax. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person, are based upon the date of cancellation: •

Up to 91 days prior to departure: Deposit will be forfeited.

From 90-61: 30% of Holiday Price

From 60-31: 50% of Holiday Price

From 30 days to “no show” 100% of Holiday Price

DEPARTURE DATE CHANGE / REVISION •

Up to 91 days prior to departure all type of changes are subject to US$30 charge per change

From 90 days prior to departure any departure date changes is subject to a Cancellation Fee as stated above.

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PAYMENT TERMS Full Payment or Final Balance MUST be received via Bank Transfer, Cheques or Credit Card (Visa, Master, American Express) or US$ cash within 30 days prior to departure unless otherwise agreed; payment failure may be treated as a cancellation and the cancellation charges apply. ADDITIONAL TERMS MINIMUM OCCUPANCY For All departures should the occupancy be less than 10 passengers the Company reserves the right to cancel the cruise up to 60 days prior the departure date. A confirmation notice in writing will be released by the company to all booked clients and/or their agents within the deadline. In case of cancellation an alternative cruise will be offered and if not acceptable all down payments will be immediately refunded. OPERATING VESSEL Heritage River Cruises Pvt. Ltd. reserves the right at its sole option and discretion, without any liability for damages or refund, of any kind to arrange for substantially equivalent transportation by another vessel, whether belonging to the Company or not. LAND TOURS

LIABILITY

Land Tours are operated by third parties. Heritage Cruises acts as coordinator, supervisor and agent only and is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by the tourists, including those occurring outside the touring programs.

CANCELLATIONS

For cancellation of confirmed reservations, a fee according to the case incurred will be charged. Most hotels have a cancellation deadline of 45 day notice for groups and 14 days for individual travelers.

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PASSENGER INFORMATION AIR CONDITIONING All cabins are air conditioned with individual units and control panels allowing you to regulate the temperature. All public rooms on the Bengal Ganga are air conditioned. We suggest that you keep the temperature of the room moderate since severe changes in temperature from outdoors can sometimes cause cough, cold or nausea. ANNOUNCEMENT Bengal Ganga is equipped with a public address system which can transmit throughout the vessel. Arrival times and shore excursion departure times as well as any changes in the daily program will be announced. BAR / BEVERAGES The Saloon bar is open every day and offers a wide variety of cocktails, spirits and local beers are free of cost. Only imported beverages, spirits, liquors and wine will be charged. For opening times of the Bar please refer to the Daily Program. BLANKETS Blankets are kept in the drawer or closet under your bed. These may be needed at night during winter months when the night time temperatures drops below 10°C. BRIDGE POLICY We usually have an open bridge policy but request you to be sensitive to the ship’s officer’s task at hand. We request you to take prior approval of the ship’s purser or operations director before visiting the Bridge or the operations area on board the ship. “No Go areas” are indicated as “crew only.” CABIN / STATEROOM The cabins on board the Bengal Ganga are designed to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your voyage with us. Our stewarding team will ensure and do their best to maintain highest possible standards of cleanliness and will try to make you feel as much at home as possible. Please note that the cabins do not have mini bars, TVs or phones. All cabins have their own air conditioning units, mini-safe, luggage storage, wardrobe, writing desk and amenities include hair drier, bath robes and slippers. All upper and main deck cabins have own deck space with rattan chairs and a table outside the room. The Upper deck cabins are Premium cabins, hence are a special price category and are no different from other main deck cabins. CLOTHING The dress code onboard is “casual and comfortable”. We request that shorts not be worn and ladies wear full sleeves shirts or tops and carry a stole or a scarf to cover their heads during excursions to Temples & Mosque. We recommend that for shore excursions you wear comfortable shoes. COFFEE / TEA Complimentary coffee and tea are available from 6 am in either on the sun deck or the dining room throughout the day.

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CRUISE DIRECTOR / EXPEDITION LEADER A professional, English-speaking Cruise Director / Expedition Leader is available throughout your holiday to ensure your comfort, answer questions and help make this an unforgettable cruise CUISINE All meals onboard are prepared by highly experienced chefs and consist of primarily Indian / European-style food. We hope you will find each meal a wonderful culinary experience. DAILY PROGRAMME A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities, is produced onboard and delivered to your cabin each evening DIET Request for special diets should be communicated to us at the time of booking the cruise. Please remind the Purser or Maitre d’Hotel of your special needs immediately on the day of embarkation. The Chef will try to accommodate your request but facilities to do so onboard are limited. DISEMBARKATION Your Purser will provide you with detailed disembarkation information the day prior to the end of your cruise. This will include transfer information (where applicable). If you should have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to talk to the Cruise Director / Purser at any time. ELECTRICITY 230 volts three round pin type as found in India. This is only suitable for low wattage electrical appliances such as mobile phones or camera chargers. You will need an adapter to plug into the wall socket. Please note that the use of personal hairdryers, clothing irons, coffee makers, curling tongs etc in the cabins is strictly forbidden as they may damage the ship’s electrical system. If you have not brought the correct adapter with you, please check with the reception, they may be able to help. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES In the unlikely event that this should occur during your cruise, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. Life vests are stored in wardrobe of your cabin. During the safety drill, you will be shown how to fit and wear the life vest We request that, as soon as you enter your cabin, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your cabin door. FIRE SAFETY Should you discover sense or smell fire, please advise the Bridge / Crew member closest to you immediately and wait for further instruction from the crew. FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE Bottled mineral water is used for cooking and food preparation onboard the vessel. Off the vessel we recommend you never accept ice in drinks and avoid ice creams, crushed sugar cane, salads and the skins of fruits.

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FOOTWEAR We provide Slippers for your comfort on board the vessel. For shore excursions the guests should wear comfortable, safe, yet durable walking shoes. At certain times the river banks and paths used can be muddy and therefore slippery or very dusty. We ask you to remove your footwear when returning on board so that we can clean your shoes for you and return them to you later. GAMES You may avail a selection of games is available in the library for your pleasure while onboard. GANGWAYS Because of the varying nature of the river bank the method of getting ashore may differ from destination to destination. On occasions access may be difficult. We will ensure the gangways are safe and that crew and team are on hand to assist you. GOING ASHORE The Daily Program will advise you of arrival and departure times in the various destinations that you will be visiting. Passengers should wait in the public areas or in their suite until an announcement is made with instructions to disembark. When participating in shore excursions our local guides will ensure that your return to the ship is in plenty of time for departure. Should you set off to explore on your own, please check with reception, your Cruise Director / Purser or with your local guide, at what time you should return onboard the vessel in good time before departure. If the ship is in a remote area and you hear a continuous blow of the ship’s horn then please return immediately to the landing site. GRATUITIES Gratuities to the ship’s crew are not included in the holiday price. In response to the feedback that we have received from our previous passengers on the Bengal Ganga, we have made arrangements to add gratuities to your onboard account, which is payable at the end of your voyage. Please note though that gratuity payments are entirely discretionary and that you are welcome to opt out of this system or, indeed to alter the amount of the gratuities that you would like to be added to your account. Should you wish to pay gratuities separately to your onboard bill or charge the amount that is to be added to your account, please notify the purser during your voyage. Please refer to your Traveler’s requirements for information regarding tipping ashore while on organized shore excursions. Gratuities to your Cruise Director / Expedition Leader and Tour Manager are not expected. However should you wish to offer a gratuity for exceptional service, then this is entirely at your discretion.

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HAIR DRYER There is a hair dryer in each room. INFORMATION / TOUR DESK Please refer to Daily Programs or Notice Boards for times. INSECT PRECAUTIONS External doors and the gauze windows should be kept closed at all times - day and night. At night, if on the deck or going ashore, make sure to rub ankles and other exposed parts with insect repellent. However, outside urban areas mosquitoes are less of a problem than other forms of insect life. Make sure to switch off lights when leaving your cabin so as not to attract insects. Between January and March insects, but not mosquitoes, can be a real problem. The river is fast flowing so mosquitoes are rarely encountered. INTERNET There are two computers located in the office with internet access. Internet cards can be hired from reception and the cost added to your onboard account. JEWELLERY We recommend that you deposit jewellery and other valuables in your in-suite cabin safe. KEY We suggest you to deposit your cabin keys while going onshore for excursions. LANGUAGE The language onboard is English LAUNDRY A laundry service is available onboard. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet in your room. Please fill in the laundry list and leave it, together with the bag of dirty laundry, on your bed. Your laundered items will be returned within 24 hours. In the interest of safety we ask that you do not use an electric iron in your suite. An ironing-only service is available at a reasonable cost. Dry cleaning service is not available onboard. In the interests of the environment, towels will not automatically be changed every day. We ask that you put used towels on the bathroom floor if you wish them to be changed for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed. LIBRARY You may borrow books but we kindly ask that you return these before you leave the ship at the end of the cruise. Should you wish to donate any books which you may have brought with you, we will be happy to add these to the bookcase for the pleasure of future passengers. LIFE BOAT DRILL International Maritime Law requires a lifeboat drill to take place at the beginning of each cruise. All passengers must attend this compulsory and important exercise, so please listen out for announcement. During the drill, all ship’s services will be suspended. Your assigned lifeboat station, location of your life vest and the signal for lifeboat and fire drills are all clearly explained on the emergency card pasted on the door of the cabin.

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LIFE JACKETS Life vests are located in the wardrobe of your cabin. During the safety drill you will be shown how to fit and wear the life vests. LOCAL BOAT OPERATIONS Some destinations of call may require the use of local boat to go ashore. Passengers will be advised where and when to meet the local boat to go ashore. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew onboard the Bengal Ganga when boarding the local boat. MAIL Please note that although staff members available at the reception are happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the destination of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that at some places postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you may ask to be posted on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en route. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for such occurrences and we would recommend that you post your own letters or postcards to be more certain of their prompt delivery. MEAL Meal times are indicated in your Daily Program. Special dietary requirements may be catered for, with advance notification Enjoy our extensive breakfast buffet, a lunch buffet with some served dishes on occasion and in the evening a sit-down dinner. Our Chef will endeavor to delight you with specialties from some of the regions through which you will be cruising. There is just one sitting at meal times and in order to ensure a smooth service for sit-down dinner, we ask that you take good note of the starting time and arrive promptly. There is unassigned seating in the dining room at all times. We kindly request our guests not to take food out of the dining room. Weather permitting, early riser’s Tea or Coffee and bar services will commence outdoor only on the Sun Deck. MEDICAL SERVICES A first aid kit and some medication are located at the Reception. All our senior staff has attended First Aid Medical Training. Since we are not far away from land, services of a doctor can be called for but it may take some time for the doctor to arrive. Before your travel you should consult your doctor and make sure that you are fit to travel and the doctor should check with the local relevant authority whether any inoculations are required. We do not have facility for disabled or wheel chair access. MOBILE PHONES GSM phone network works for all parts of the cruise with excellent coverage.

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MONEY MATTERS The currency on board the ship is US Dollars. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a bill for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. All bills on board the Bengal Ganga will be in Indian Rupees (INR) in cash or credit card (Master or Visa card). Please note that only bills with an amount over 1,500 INR can be settled by credit card. We cannot accept traveler cheques, debit card or personal cheque on board the Bengal Ganga. MOVING ABOUT THE SHIP Please be careful when moving about the decks, they can be slippery especially after the evening dew, morning mist or rainfall. The stairs on board may be steeper than you may be used to. It's best to always use the handrails. PAYMENT OF ONBOARD ACCOUNT The official currency onboard the Bengal Ganga is the U$ Dollar. In order to make your life easier we use a credit system and charge everything you purchase (drinks, items from the gift shop, telephone, etc.) to your onboard account. The day before the end of the cruise, you will receive a bill showing all charges. This bill can be settled in cash in U$ Dollars, or Credit Card. MasterCard, Visa and American Express cards are accepted. Please note that payment by debit card or personal cheque is not possible. PROGRAM CHANGES It is possible that, despite our meticulous planning, changes may have to be made to the daily program as a result of situations beyond our control. Changes, which may also affect land excursions, will be communicated as soon as possible. Your cruise Director / Expedition Leader, together with the Captain of the Bengal Ganga, will do their utmost to find the best solution. QUESTIONNAIRES Before your cruise ends, you will be given questionnaires from the Bengal Ganga. We urge you to take the time to complete these questionnaires. We are always looking for ways to improve your holidays and in order to do this we need some help from you. Your comments are important to us. Please hand your completed questionnaire in at Reception. RECEPTION Our Reception is staffed from 0600 – 2400 hours and is located on the main deck of the Bengal Ganga. RESTAURANT At meal times there is only one sitting in the restaurant / dining room and unassigned seating. You may change tables whenever you wish, enabling you to meet and enjoy a meal with many of your cruising companions. RIVER CONDITIONS As the rivers we sail on are subject to seasonal rise and fall of water level and flow of water, there can be significant changes in water levels overnight. A sudden rise can hamper our progress upstream considerably and even prevent us from passing under certain bridges. A sudden fall in water levels

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can result in our being unable to get to certain places or go as far upstream as we would hope to. Groundings on sandbars are a possibility and are a part of the excitement of our river expedition. The published tour program is indicative and subject to sudden change. During such times we provide an alternative Itinerary and we do our best to ensure to make up for the missed stop or sightseeing, by offering another stop. It would be prudent for Passengers to be flexible and patient since cruising on the Rivers in India particularly the Ganges is incredible, adventurous, and tranquil whilst at the same time an exciting and intense experience, quite unlike cruising the controlled waterways of America and Europe. ALSO NOTE to a certain extent we operate in areas with little or under developed infrastructure and subject to the confines of local conditions. It is advisable to be prepared for such experiences to make your cruise on the Bengal Ganga all the more enjoyable and spectacular. SAFE There is an electronic safe in every cabin, located in the closet. The safe can be programmed with your own code and instructions can be found inside the closet door. We recommend that you leave money and other valuables in the safe. SHIP’S OFFICE The main office on the ship is on the Upper Deck the General Manager Cruise or Purser or their assistant are on duty at set times to offer information or assistance. SHOP Some toiletries, accessories, film and a variety of gift items are available for sale. Please ask at Reception. SMOKING Smoking is only allowed on the Sun Deck. Please never throw any cigarette ends overboard – the breeze could carry the smouldering end back onboard. There is a strict non-smoking policy in the interior of the vessel, especially in the cabins, saloon bar and the restaurant. All cabins and indoor areas are fitted with smoke detectors SUN DECK Deck chairs and loungers are available on the Sun Deck. TELEVISION Please note that on the Ganges there is no television reception but films will be shown throughout your time onboard which can be viewed on the television in the Saloon Bar. TOILETS Please do not flush foreign objects, other than toilet paper provided, as this may affect the vacuum system onboard. TOUR GUIDES / NATURALIST Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an English speaking Tour Manager who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests you may have.

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TOWELS In the interests of the environment, towels will not be automatically changed every day. We ask that you put used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to be changed for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed. VALUABLES Valuables such as money, jewelry, airline tickets and other items should be safely locked in your cabin in-suite safe. We recommend that when going ashore you do not take all your valuables and money with you. Do not carry items of value in your back pocket – a money belt is always a safe suggestion. Remember to empty the safe of all items before disembarking the ship at the end of your cruise. VISAS Foreign passengers should ensure that they are in possession of valid Indian Visa before arrival in India. Visa Application Form Visa application form is available at the office of the Indian Embassy or High Commission in the country of residence. Procedure for obtaining Visa Visas can be applied for in person or by post at the Indian Embassy or High Commissions of India in the country of residence. For further details refer to: http://india.gov.in/overseas/indian_missions.php Requirements for Visa Generally the following documents are required for obtaining Indian Visa. However, the requirement may vary from country to country. 1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months 2. Visa fee 3. Two passport size photographs 4. Supporting documents, where necessary 5. Duly completed application form For a List of Indian Embassies: http://india.gov.in/overseas/indian_missions.php VISITORS For the safety and security of all passengers no visitors are allowed onboard the ship. WATER Water from the taps in your cabin should not be used for drinking though the water is treated in the Bengal Ganga’s desalination, de-sedimentation and purification plant using UV and Osmosis. Complimentary bottled water is provided in your cabin, and will be replenished throughout the cruise.

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PASSENGER TICKET CONTRACT IMPORTANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS PASSENGER TICKET CONTRACT (the “Contract”) ARE CONTAINED BELOW. PASSENGER HEREBY ACCEPTS AND AGREES TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS CONTRACT. IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PASSENGERS: THIS CONTRACT IS A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN PASSENGER AND COMPANY. THIS CONTRACT CONTAINS CERTAIN LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, INCLUDING LIMITATIONS RESPECTING INJURY TO OR DEATH OF PASSENGER AND DAMAGE CLAIMS RELATING TO BAGGAGE. CERTAIN OTHER PERSONS AND ENTITIES, AS WELL AS THE VESSEL ITSELF, ARE ALSO GRANTED RIGHTS UNDER THIS TICKET CONTRACT. PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY. BY ACCEPTING THIS CONTRACT AND BOARDING THE VESSEL, PASSENGER AGREES TO ACCEPT AND TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREOF, INCLUDING SPECIFICALLY THOSE REGARDING PASSENGER’S RIGHT TO SUE, GOVERNING LAW, FORUM AND JURISDICTION. NOTICE: SECTIONS 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 CONTAIN IMPORTANT LIMITATIONS ON PASSENGER’S RIGHT TO ASSERT CLAIMS AGAINST COMPANY AND CERTAIN THIRD PARTIES. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS CONTRACT THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN COMPANY AND PASSENGER. THIS IS A BINDING CONTRACT. Company enters into contracts of carriage, issues all Contracts, and accepts and carries Passenger and Baggage only on and subject to these Terms and Conditions. This Contract is an agreement between Passenger and Company, and their respective agents, servants and employees. Specifically, the limitations of liability contained herein are applicable to claims against all parties listed in the definition of “Company”. 1. DEFINITIONS: “Baggage” means all such Passenger baggage allowed on the Vessel pursuant to the terms of this Contract which is placed in Passenger’s cabin, or which has been stored in the Vessel’s baggage room, holds or safe against receipt therefore at the request of Passenger. “Company” means Heritage River Cruises, and its and their owners, operators and charterers, all affiliated companies including but not limited to, parent and or subsidiary entities and sales representatives and all employees of such individuals and companies. “Conventions” means the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, 1974, the International Convention on Limitation of Liability For Maritime Claims, 1976, and, where applicable, the Strasbourg Convention on the Limitation of Liability in Inland Navigation, 1988. “Passenger” means every person named on the face of this Contract and/or traveling under this Contract or occupying the cabin designated on this Contract, including their heirs, successors in interest and personal representatives. “Contract” means this entire Passenger Ticket Contract document including all its terms and conditions. “Vessel” means any ship chartered or operated or provided by Company, whether owned, chartered, or operated by Company or by third parties; on which Passenger may be traveling, or any ship substituted therefore, and its tenders or any other similar means of conveyance.

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2. NON-TRANSFERABILITY / BINDING EFFECT: This Contract is valid only for Passenger or Passengers named herein for the date and Vessel indicated. It may not be sold or transferred. Passenger represents and warrants that s/he is duly authorized by and on behalf of all Passengers (including minor children) named on this Contract to agree to and to bind all such Passengers to such terms and conditions. 3. EMBARKATION: Passenger is required to be on board the Vessel at least 30 minutes before the initial scheduled departure time and any departure time subsequently announced during the cruise. At the time of embarkation Passenger is responsible for having received all medical inoculations necessary for the voyage. Company shall have no liability to Passenger whatsoever if Passenger is not on board prior to the Vessel’s departure. 4. BAGGAGE, VALUABLES AND OTHER POSSESSIONS: All Baggage must be securely packed and distinctly labeled with Passenger’s full name, the name of the Vessel, and the cabin number of Passenger and the sailing date of the Vessel. Under no circumstances, may dangerous articles such as firearms, explosives, oxygen or combustible substances, alcohol, drugs, illegal substances, or dangerous goods be taken aboard the Vessel. Any such item shall be surrendered to the Captain of the Vessel at embarkation, and may be disposed of in the sole discretion of the Captain. Hand or unlocked luggage, breakables and valuables, including but not limited to jewelry, money, precious stones, securities, financial instruments and / or tickets, must be hand-carried by Passengers on and off the Vessel. Company shall not be responsible for loss or damage to such items. 5. LIABILITY LIMITATIONS FOR LOSS OF AND / OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY: The total value of the Baggage, valuables and other personal belongings of a Passenger aboard the Vessel who does not deposit valuables for safekeeping, as described in this Contract, shall be deemed not to exceed the amount of US$ 200 per Passenger and Company’s liability, if any, for loss of or damage to such belongings is limited to a maximum of US$ 200 per Passenger. Company provides safekeeping for valuables aboard the Vessel and encourages Passengers to deposit any jewelry or other valuables brought aboard the Vessel with the designated officer who will issue a receipt for such valuables. Company shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to money, jewelry, precious stones, securities, financial instruments, tickets or other valuables unless they have been delivered to the Ship Manager and a receipt issued. The value of articles delivered for safekeeping shall be deemed not to exceed US$ 200 unless Company agrees in writing to a higher value for the articles at the time of delivery to the Ship Manager. Unless specifically provided elsewhere in this Contract, Company shall have no liability for loss or damage to Baggage or personal effects. Personal belongings lost while unattended in public lounges or other public areas, whether on board the Vessel or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to ordinary wear and tear, perils of the river, and other acts-of-God are not reimbursable. Settlements of reimbursable claims for lost belongings will be made on the basis of actual cash value (replacement cost less depreciation). Settlements of reimbursable claims for damaged items will be on the basis of cost of repair or actual cash value, whichever is less. No amount shall be paid in settlement of any claim without proof of the actual cash value or repair cost as appropriate arising from the loss or damage. Such proof must be sent to Company. Company liability must be proven before any settlement will be paid. 6. ITINERARY / RIGHT TO CHANGE / DETENTION: Company will make every reasonable effort to undertake the advertised and any other agreed and offered sailings but no sailings are guaranteed and sailings may be altered, delayed, amended, or cancelled subject to circumstances. If the performance of the proposed voyage is hindered or prevented (or in the opinion of Company is likely to be hindered or prevented) by high or low water levels, docking difficulties, weather condition, breakdown of the Vessel, congestion, lock operational malfunction, or any other cause whatsoever or if Company considers that for any reason whatsoever, proceeding to, attempting to enter, or entering or remaining at the place of disembarkation may expose the Vessel to risk of loss or damage or to be likely to delay her, Passenger and his property may be

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landed at any place which Company or the Captain of the Vessel in his or her discretion may reasonably decide upon, at which place the responsibility of Company shall cease and this contract shall be deemed to have been fully performed, or if Passenger has not embarked, Company may cancel the proposed voyage and shall refund Passenger money or fares paid in advance. Company reserves the right at its sole option and discretion, without any liability for damages or refund, of any kind to deviate from the Vessel’s advertised or ordinary itinerary or route, to delay, advance or lengthen any sailing, to omit or change ports of call, to arrange for substantially equivalent transportation by another vessel and / or by other means of transportation, including without limitation by coach or other land transportation alternatives, whether belonging to Company or not, and to cause Passenger to disembark from the Vessel temporarily or permanently. Company may for any reason whatsoever cancel any sailing or terminate the Contract at any time before departure of the Vessel, and in such event, Company’s only liability will be to refund to Passenger the amount it has received for the Contract. For purposes of assisting other vessels or protecting life or property, the Captain of the Vessel has the right, at his or her sole discretion, to deviate from the Vessel’s advertised or ordinary itinerary or route, to delay, advance or cancel any sailing, to omit or change any ports of call, to tow or to be towed, to transfer Passenger and Passenger’s baggage to any other vessel and or other means of transportation whether belonging to Company or not, cause Passenger to disembark the Vessel temporarily or permanently, and Passenger shall have no claims against Company in such circumstances. 7. HEALTH AND SECURITY / INDEMNIFICATION BY PASSENGER: Access to the ship at certain river stations can be difficult, with steep and sometimes slippery river banks. Passenger represents and warrants that Passenger is physically and otherwise fit to travel; that she / he will at all times comply with Vessel’s rules and regulations and orders and directions of the Vessel’s officers and staff; that his/her conduct will not impair the safety of the Vessel or inconvenience other passengers. Company and the Captain of the Vessel, without liability, at any time, may refuse to transport or may land any Passenger at any port or place, or transfer Passenger to other means of transportation, because of health or physical condition, mental disorder, failure to abide by Vessel regulations or other causes rendering Passenger unfit to travel on the Vessel. If Passenger is refused passage or leaves the Vessel prior to the end of the cruise for any of the reasons described in this section or for other reasons including, but not limited to, personal, medical, or business reasons, Company will not be required to refund any portion of the Contract price, or be responsible for any of Passenger’s cost. Passenger hereby consents to a reasonable search being made of Passenger’s person, baggage or other property, and to the removal and confiscation or destruction of any object which may, in the opinion of Company, impair the safety of the Vessel or inconvenience other Passengers. Passenger shall indemnify Company for all penalties, fines, charges, losses or expenses incurred or imposed upon Company or the Vessel by virtue of any act or violation of law by Passenger. 8. PASSENGER RETRICTIONS: Company does not discriminate against persons on the basis of disability. Company is unable to accommodate women past their sixth month of pregnancy and children less than six months of age. Company may limit the number of Passengers less than three years of age aboard the Vessel. Any child under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult over the age of twenty-one. If the accompanying adult is not a parent, a “Parental Consent Guardianship Form” must be signed by a parent or legal guardian of the child and received by Company prior sailing. Passenger is required to advise Company in writing, at or prior to the time a cruise is booked, of any physical, emotional or mental condition which may require professional attention during the cruise. The Vessel is not able to accommodate wheelchairs. Passengers with mobility impairments must be accompanied by someone who is able to assist Passenger, on shore and on board the Vessel, and is responsible for providing Passenger all necessary aid and facilities. If any such condition

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arises after the cruise is booked, Passenger is required to advise Company in writing immediately. Company and all personnel aboard the Vessel shall have no liability to Passenger relating to such condition or its treatment. 9. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR / SHORE TOURS / LIMIT OF LIABILITY: Company makes no representations concerning and has no responsibility for tours, including, without limitation, shore excursions, hotels, restaurants and transportation, whether by vessel, air, rail, land or other means, not owned or operated by Company. Company shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to Passenger for acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors. Arrangements with independent contractors include, but are not limited to the following: (1) airline and surface transportation; (2) services or products available for Passenger’s convenience aboard the Vessel; (2) services, products or transportation provided other than aboard the Vessel furnished by others, including without limitation, sightseeing tours, pre-cruise and post-cruise tours, excursions, shore trips and tender service, whether arranged or organized by tour operators, travel agents or Company. The Passenger’s agreements with independent contractors are not covered by this Contract and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of Passenger’s agreements with such carriers and independent contractors, whether or not any products sold, services tendered or transportation provided to Passenger is arranged directly or through Company. Passenger agrees that all rights, exemptions from liability, defenses and immunities of whatsoever nature referred to in this Contract applicable to Company or the Vessel, shall in all respects inure also for the benefit of any servant, agent or independent contractor of Company acting in the course of or in connection with their employment so that in no circumstances shall any such servant, agent or independent contractor, as the result of so acting, be under any liability to any such Passenger different from that of Company. 10. NO LIABILITY FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT: No staff doctors or nurses are employed by Company on the Vessel. If Passenger requires medical attention during the trip, medical services will be provided at local facilities. Passenger shall be responsible for all costs and expenses of medical services, treatment and medications. Company shall have no liability whatsoever for any costs incurred in connection with medical services, or for the quality of care Passenger receives. Passenger consents to treatment by medical professionals designated by Company, if Passenger is unable to request or authorize medical treatment and, in the opinion of the Ship Manager, medical attention is necessary, solely at the expense of Passenger and without liability to Company. 11. PAYMENT BY PASSENGER AND EXTRA EXPENSES: Any and all payments by Passenger to Company shall be made in currency of the United States of America or such other currency acceptable to Company. All charges for services and products provided on board the Vessel must be settled in cash or charged (via credit card acceptable to Company) before Passenger’s final disembarkation from the Vessel. Any other expenses incurred by Passenger or by Company on behalf of Passenger shall be payable by Passenger on demand. 12. LIABILITY LIMITATION FOR LOSS OF LIFE OR BODILY INJURY: If Passenger is injured, becomes ill, or dies, or Passenger’s property is lost or damaged, or Passenger and / or his / her property is delayed, Company will not be liable to Passenger for any damages unless the occurrence was due to the negligence of Company or willful fault. Company disclaims liability to Passenger under any circumstances for infliction of emotional distress, mental suffering or psychological injury which was not: (i) the result of physical injury to Passenger caused by the negligence or fault of a crewmember or the manager, agent, master, owner or operator of the Vessel; (ii) the result of Passenger having been at actual risk of physical injury, and such risk was caused by the negligence or fault of a crewmember or the manager, agent, master, owner or operator of the Vessel; or (iii) intentionally inflicted by a crewmember or the manager, agent, master, owner or operator of the Vessel. In no event will Company be liable to Passenger for consequential, incidental, exemplary or punitive damages. In addition to all of the restrictions and exemptions from liability provided in this Contract, the liability of Company for the death of or personal injury (including emotional distress or injury) to a Passenger shall in no event exceed the mone-

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tary limitations set forth in Article 7 of the Athens Convention. Nothing in this Contract is intended nor shall operate to limit or deprive Company of any such statutory limitation of or exoneration from liability, or of the benefits of any statute or law of any country which might be applicable providing for exoneration from or limitation of liability including but not limited to the 1976 Convention. 13. FORCE MAJEURE: Company shall not be liable in any way to Passenger for death, bodily injury, illness, damage, delay or other loss or detriment to person or property or for Company’s failure to commence, perform and/or complete any duty owed to Passenger if such death, delay, bodily injury (including emotional distress or injury), illness, damage or other loss or detriment to person or property is caused by Act-of-God, war or war-like operations, terrorist activities, civil commotions, labor difficulties, whether or not Company is a party thereto, interference by authorities, requisitioning of the Vessel, political disturbance, inability to secure or failure of supplies, perils of the sea, collision, foundering of the Vessel, explosion, breakdown or failure of or damage to the Vessel or its hull, machineries or fittings, weather conditions, high or low water levels, lock malfunction, that may arise or be caused by, riots, insurrection and government restraint, fire, or any other cause whatsoever beyond the reasonable control of Company. 14. CHOICE OF LAW AND FORUM: This Contract applies to claim suits and litigation of any kind whether against Company in person or the Vessel. This Contract is issued at New Delhi, India. Subject always to the Athens Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, the International Convention on Limitation of Liability For Maritime Claims, 1976, the Strasbourg Agreement on Liability Limitations for Inland Shipping of 4 November 1998 and such other international agreements and conventions as may apply, all questions arising on this Contract shall be decided according to the laws of India, excluding the rules of conflicts of laws. Where the Athens Convention or any law applies mandatorily, venue shall lie before any court sanctioned by that Convention or law. In all other cases, Company and Passenger agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the Civil Court in New Delhi, India in any dispute arising out of, or in connection with, this Contract or these Terms and Conditions, the ownership and/or operation of Vessel, to the exclusion of the jurisdiction of the courts of any other country. Passenger hereby waives any venue or other objection that may be available to any such action or proceeding being brought in said court. 15. INTERPRETATION: Should any provisions of this Contract be contrary to or invalid by virtue of the law of any jurisdiction or be so held by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be deemed to be severed from this Contract and of no force and effect and all remaining provisions herein shall continue to be in full force and effect. The heading of this Contract are for convenience of reference only and shall not define or limit any of the terms or provisions hereof. Whenever the context so requires, references to the male gender shall include references to the female, and references to the singular shall include the plural and vice-versa. 16. WARRANTIES / CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES EXCLUDED: ALL WARRANTIES INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR USE AND MERCHANTABILITY ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED FROM THIS CONTRACT. COMPANY SHALL UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. 17. WRITTEN NOTICES: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Contract, all written notice required by this Contract must be mailed to: Heritage River Cruises Pvt. Ltd. 18. ENTIRE AGREEMENT: THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TICKET / CONTRACT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT AND A BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN PASSENGERS AND THE COMPANY. PASSENGER’S ACCEPTANCE OF THIS CONTRACT CONSTITUTES PASSENGER’S CONSENT TO THESE PROVISIONS. THESE PROVISIONS SUPERSEDE ANY ORAL OR WRITTEN REPRESENTATIONS. ANY CHANGE IN THESE PROVISIONS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF COMPANY AND MAY REQUIRE A COMMENSURATE INCREASE IN FARE.

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