India’s Holy Ganges River: Rituals, History and the Sacred City of Varanasi

Set sail on a voyage of discovery as you enjoy expert-led excursions to sacred sites, vibrant cities, traditional villages and architectural wonders along the holy Ganges River.
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Program No. 21260RJ
17 days
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At a Glance

Fed by the mighty Himalayas and emptying into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is one of the world’s great rivers. To Hindus, it is something yet greater: a goddess, the physical manifestation of the sacred. Delve into the spiritual meaning of this river on a voyage to the holiest places along the Ganges — not just for Hindus but for Buddhists, Sikhs and more — plus experience the river’s importance in day-to-day life.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; including uneven terrain and down slopes without stairs or handrails. Bus rides of up to 3-6 hours, with stops along the way for rest stops.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore colonial Kolkata and visit Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa
  • Sail a modern riverboat along the Ganges River, visiting the ruins of long forgotten villages, temples and rural India.
  • Journey to the place where the Buddha obtained Enlightenment and visit the spectacular Mahabodhi Temple, which marks this pilgrimage site.

General Notes

Most activities on this program will be held in conjunction with Road Scholar tour "A Spiritual and Cultural Journey: India’s Golden Triangle and Holy Ganges River" (#21644). Your group leader will be available for individualized attention during activities for both groups.
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Prakash Detha
Mr. Prakash Detha was born and brought up in the village of Borunda, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Prakash received his bachelor’s in history in 1985 from Rajasthan College Jaipur and his master’s in history in 1987 from Rajasthan University Jaipur. His work experience includes training with BBC television in London, freelancing as a documentary filmmaker and researcher at Folklore Institute of Rajasthan, and leading groups for 10 years with Road Scholar programs. Currently, Prakash is focusing on folk music, organic farming and leading educational programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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