Sailing down the Ganges
"The story of the Ganges, from her source to the sea, from old times to new, is
the story of India's civilisation and culture, of the rise and fall of empires, of great
and proud cities, of the adventure of man." (Jawaharlal Nehru)
The river Ganges takes its name
from the water goddess 'Ganga' and takes the traveller into the very heartland of India.
Rising in the glaciers of the
Himalayas, it crosses into the plains at Rishikesh, and empties into the Bay of Bengal,
some 2500 kms to the southeast. Along the way it flows through a landscape of continually
changing scenery, and a rich diversity of cultures and peoples.
The holy city of Varanasi should
be visited by all travellers to India for here more than any other city the true roots of
the Indian consciousness are revealed. The following boat tour commencing in the holy city
of Allahabad revered as the confluence between the two holy rivers of Ganges and Jumna. To
visit highlights of this part of India in greater comfort and taking in some of the other
sights of central India the Equinox itinerary is recommended by many.
Click on the map above for an enlarged view