A Ganges River Excursion: Exploring India from the Sacred River
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.
Sunset on the Ganges river in Varanasi
From the snowmelt of the Himalayas, through the emerald-green valleys of eastern India, and spilling across the fertile delta into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is one of the greatest river systems in the world. Flowing nearly 1,600 miles, this astonishing waterway connects the lives of nearly 400 million humans and some of the oldest traditions on earth.
Revered as the mother to all life, Mother Ganges—or Ganga Mata—marks the watery path between life and death for Hindus. Linking ancient temples and sacred sites with India’s third-largest city, the Ganges offers curious travelers a rare opportunity to explore the spiritual heart of India.
Join explorer and author Andrew Evans for a vivid visual journey showcasing India from the shoreline of its greatest river. Explore the holy city of Varanasi, the rare temples of Kalna, the historical capital of Murshidabad, and lesser-known villages like Matiari, where artisans practice their timeless craft of metalworking.
Yet more than any monument or ruins, the real attraction of India is the people. Discover the beauty of Bengali culture and cuisine, as well as the wonderfully chaotic energy of Kolkata, and take a cruise unlike any you’ve experienced.
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