Northern India & Rajasthan to Goa by Rail

Rail, Delhi to Goa

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Hop aboard for a different look at this dynamic country’s northern region before turning south and ending up at the ever-popular coastal town of Goa. Explore temples, shrines, and tombs — including the Taj Mahal — while absorbing the rich culture and vibrant daily life of this exciting country. Experience the India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony and Dalai Lama sights in Dharamsala. The colours of Rajasthan, bustle of Mumbai, and beaches of Goa will stay with you long after you catch that flight home.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Golden Temple visit
  • Wagah border ceremony
  • McLeod Ganj orientation walk
  • Dalai Lama temple visit
  • Bhagsunag visit
  • Rewalsar Lake orientation walk
  • Toy train ride
  • Taj Mahal visit
  • Agra Fort visit
  • Jaipur orientation walk
  • Amber Fort visit
  • Udaipur orientation walk
  • Jagdish Temple and City Palace visit
  • Rajasthani cultural show
  • Bundi Fort and stepwells visit
  • Colaba area walking tour
  • Gateway of India visit
  • Beach time in Goa
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Witness the famous india-pakistan border ceremony
  • See a different side of delhi with a walking tour by a former at-risk youth
  • Wander the rajasthani streets of jaipur and udaipur
  • Indulge in laid-back beach time in goa.

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Women on Wheels Transfer
Day 2 Delhi/Amritsar (1B) Amritsar which literally translates as "his pool of nectar", is a flourishing city and religious centre in the state of Punjab. Important from a religious point of view to the Sikh religion, with many pilgrims coming to have a divine bath in the pool of nectar at the Golden Temple. Also an important political city where in 1947 the separation of India and Pakistan created a long white line known as the Wagah Border between the two neighbours. Included Activities: Wagah Border Ceremony Golden Temple Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Train cars offer rows of 3 and 3 reclining seats for the evening ride. Train (6.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Amritsar/Dharamshala Travel along Himalayan mountain roads to the famous seat of the home of the Dalai Lama. "Dharamshala" translates to "a spiritual dwelling" or loosely, shelter or rest house for pilgrims and travellers. It is a beautiful former British hill station situated in the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Dhauladar ranges. The city is divided into lower and upper Dharamshala according to the altitude. A popular pilgrimage site, the town is filled with temples, markets, galleries and gathering places. Included Activities: Golden Temple Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 4 Dharamshala There are lots of ways to spend free time in this charming place. Visit the Kangra Art Museum in the Kotwali bazaar, or take in a performance of the Tibetan folk opera 'Lhamo' at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Opt to visit Norbulingka. Set amidst beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley, the Norbulingka Institute stands against a backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayan range. Included Activities: Dalai Lama Temple
Day 5 Dharamshala/Māndi Explore the town of Mandi. Walk around Rewalsar Lake, a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists. Renowned for its ancient stone temples with fine carvings, Mandi is also known as the "Varanasi of the Hills". Included Activities: Rewalsar Lake Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 127km)
Day 6 Mandi/Shimla Embark onto the next destination, Shimla, the capital of Himachal province. This was once the British summer capital during the Raj Era. View the colonial era architecture still prominent throughout this city. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 163km)
Day 7 Shimla Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk on The Ridge and The Mall (local hangouts) and explore this summer capital of British India. Opt to visit the Viceregal Lodge or admire the neo-Gothic or Tudorbethan architecture of the heritage buildings. Included Activities: The Ridge and The Mall Orientation Walk
Day 8 Shimla/Delhi (1D) Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Over the course of 3 hrs, the train winds through tunnels as you head out of the mountains of Shimla. Transport: Toy train (3.00 hour(s)) Train (4.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Delhi Enjoy a free day in Delhi.
Day 10 Delhi/Āgra (1B) Take the Shatabdi Express train to Agra, with breakfast served on board. Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Time permitting, opt to visit the Baby Taj. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Guided Tour Agra Fort Guided Tour Transport: Train (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 11 Āgra/Jaipur Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur. Transport: Train (4.00-4.50 hours)
Day 12 Jaipur Take an orientation walk around town. Take a photo of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and visit the Amber Fort. Walk around the Old City and markets and opt to visit the City Palace. With free time, choose to visit local artisans in a nearby village, wander the Jantar Mantar, or check out a Bollywood film at the spectacular Art Deco film house, the Raj Mandir. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Amber Fort Visit
Day 13 Jaipur/Udaipur In the morning board a train and soak in the passing scenery en route to Udaipur. Arrive in the evening with free time to explore the city. Transport: Train (7.50-8.00 hours, 430km)
Day 14 Udaipur Enjoy an orientation walk, including a visit to the Jagdish Temple and the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Attend a Rajasthani cultural show on Gangaur Ghat. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Jagdish Temple Visit City Palace Visit Rajasthani Cultural Show
Day 15 Udaipur/Būndi Opt for a sunrise bicycle tour of Udaipur before the train to Bundi this afternoon. There is no shortage of notable architecture in Bundi. From palaces to baoris, otherwise known as stepwell reservoirs, explore the many man-made marvels of Bundi. Included Activities: Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit Transport: Train (4.50 hour(s))
Day 16 Būndi/Mumbai (1D) Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board. Transport: Train (1.00 hour(s)) Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Mumbai Arrive in the morning in bustling Mumbai, home to 20 million people. Take a walking tour of the Colaba area and see the Gateway of India. Included Activities: Colaba Walking Tour Gateway of India Visit
Day 18 Mumbai/Goa Opt to visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or discover Panjim, the capital of the state. Don't forget to indulge in Goan cuisine. Transport: Plane
Day 19 Goa With free time in Goa, opt to explore the city and learn about it's ancient Portuguese colony, visit a market, or relax on the beach.
Day 20 Goa Depart at any time.
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