'Taj of the Raj'
The Victoria Memorial building - now a fascinating museum - is know to the locals of Kolkata as the 'Taj of the Raj'.
Horse carriages line Kolkata's avenues - while they frequently carry tourists their main purpose is as wedding carriages.
A Sikh man displays a particularly regal moustache in the gardens of the Victoria Memorial.
The Howrah Bridge - one of the busiest in the world - spans the Hooghly River (mouth of the Ganges).
The Ganges Voyager offers a unique opportunity to explore the riverways north of Kolkata in a level of luxury that is otherwise impossible.
As the old capital of the British East India Company, Kolkata boasts a wealth of colonial architecture that is unsurpassed elsewhere in India.
The bank of the Hooghly River (major offshoot of the Ganges) provide a hypnotic backdrop to a cruise upriver from Kolkata.
The decaying grandeur of Hooghly Imambara (literally the Imam's house) makes it one of the most evocative buildings on the river.
The Ganges Voyagers lies at anchor in front of the impressive facade of Hooghly Imambara.
A woman walks along a sleepy street in Bandel, on the banks of the Hooghly River.
Pretty local sightseers enjoy the grandeur of Hooghly Imambara (literally the Imam's house) at Bandel.
Rickshaw wallahs wait at the back door of Hooghly Imambara (literally the Imam's house) in Bandel.
The rhythmic dip of a paddle is all that disturbs the absolute peace of dawn on the Ganges.
Local boys check out the Ganges Voyager as she lies at anchor beyond their village.
An old man finds a shady place to rest at the back door of Hooghly Imambara (literally the Imam's house) in Bandel.
The Nabakailas Temples were built in 1809 and boast no less than 108 individual shrines.
Pilgrims bathe in the sacred waters of the Hooghly (offshoot of the mighty Ganges).
A group of pilgrims walks around the 108 shrines that make up the Nabakailas Temples.
A girl makes her way through the bustling crowds of Kalna market, on the banks of the Ganges.
Head priest of the Rajbari Temple complex in Kalna town.
A stall owner displays the rich produce of the Ganges.
A street food vendor fries chapatis in Kalna market, on the banks of the Ganges.
Sugarcane juice vendor
Sugarcane juice is one of the most exquisitely refreshing drinks that the tropics have to offer (especially when enlived with a slice or two of lemon and a chunk of crushed ginger).
A Bollywood poster promises escapism - in the form of romance and adventure - to the hard-working people of Kalna, on the banks of the Ganges.
Mustard oil is a major produce in the fertile land along the banks of the Ganges.
The Ganges Voyager as she lies at anchor in the Hooghly River.
A pair of working buffalo make their way along the dusty bank of the Hooghly River.
A ferry boat crosses the Ganges with its ubiquitous cargo of cyclists.
A farmer makes his way along the arid banks of the Hooghly River.