Enter a world of colour, culture and cherished spiritual tradition when you cruise down India’s Ganges river. The holy river of Hinduism slowly courses through one of the world’s most fertile and populated areas. Along its banks, human life is connected to its waters and you’ll get a glimpse of life away from India’s big cities. From muslin weaving to terracotta temples, these are our top 5 picks for the best places to photograph on a river cruise along the Ganges.

Terracotta Temples of Kalna

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Located in the Indian state of West Bengal, the historic terracotta temples of Kalna tell an interesting story about what life was like in 19th century India, through the detailed terracotta art that adorns the temples.

Iskcon Temple Mayapur

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130km north of Kolkata os Iskcon temple; the pilgrim’s bazaar. The Ickson temple is a holy place within Hinduism, as it is regarded as the birthplace of Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a special incarnation of Lord Krishna.


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Located in West Bengal, is the Guptipara village (gupt = hidden, para = area). There are four Vaishnava temples in the complex, which were constructed between the 17th and 18th century.

Kolkata Flower Market

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To experience an explosion of colours and their distinctive smells, a visit to the Kolkata Flower Market is a great way to experience the city as a local. Built in 1855, the market (also known as Malik Ghat) is the largest flower market in all of Asia!

Victoria Memorial

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Built to commemorate Queen Victoria, the memorial houses a beautiful collection of paintings, textiles, weapons and other artefacts from the Victorian era.

Let your sense of curiosity take you to India. Interested? Check out our Spirit of the Ganges guided tour and river cruise with Avalon Waterways.

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