India: Ganges River Cruise

The Ganges River flows through a myriad of small villages throughout northern India. We took in the remarkable scenery and experienced village life as we sailed one of the world’s most sacred bodies of water in the world. 

Our Uniworld home for the week long adventure could not have been better

Visited several unique small villages, people were great, gentle, and kind   

Fishing skiffs

Joined in a pick-up game of cricket. Kids took it easy on me. Played with tennis ball.

Shiva temples near Kalna in West Bengal. Built in 1809, the temple grounds contain 108 Shiva temples arranged in two concentric rings around a central courtyard. 

Photo above was Published in the Washington Post travel section as part of their annual contest

Love the markets!

Artisans have been making ornamental brass objects— vases, lamps, figurines, platters—in Matiari for more than a century. Scrap metal is melted in the village foundry and pressed into new sheets.

Great entertainment on the UNIWORLD Cruse

Hoppy and Charlotte

Our visit continued to Murshidabad, long ago the capital of Bengal and an important administrative center during the Raj. Hazarduari Palace. This massive neoclassical building was erected in the mid-19th century for British officials, who lived and had their offices in its 114 rooms. Building of a thousand doors, but that’s how many it has—900 of them are real doors, and the remaining 100 are false. It is now a museum.

Great transportation

Some sort of cigarettes' for sale 

Nightly entertainment and special surprises aboard the boat, thanks to the wonderful crew.  

Mayapur, the new Vedic temple currently under construction. Funded in part by Alfred Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford, the temple is designed to be larger than St. Paul’s Cathedral in London once completed. The new temple construction coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Hare Krishna movement, whose founder was born in Mayapur. 


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