Ultimate India by Rail

Rail, Delhi to Delhi

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

On this six-week trip that circles India via train, you’ll start in Delhi, travelling to Agra for a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, then head southwest by rail to make stops in Rajasthan, Mumbai, and Goa. From there it’s on to Karnataka, Kochi, and living like a local in the Kerala Backwaters before going south, east, and north to view spectacular temples and ride the famous toy trains of Darjeeling. Top this epic journey off with local meals in family homes, wandering the beautiful streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, and relaxing on beaches along the way. India looks very different through a train’s window — see it all for yourself.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • 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
  • Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi
  • Hazararama Temple visit
  • Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits
  • Namdroling Monastery visit
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Madikeri Fort and Raja's Seat visit
  • Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit
  • Backwaters canal ride
  • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit
  • Meenakshi Temple visit
  • Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach
  • Charminar and Golconda Fort visit
  • Jagannath Temple visit
  • Raghuraj Pur village visit
  • Kolkata city tour
  • Victoria Memorial visit
  • Visit Mother Teresa's House
  • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
  • Tea estate visit
  • Mahakal Temple visit
  • Peace Pagoda visit
  • Toy train ride
  • Local lunch
  • Rumtek Monastery day trip
  • Deolo Hill visit
  • Evening ghats visit
  • Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
  • Bara Imambara visit
  • Orientation walks in Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Ride a toy train in darjeeling
  • Live like a local in the kerala backwaters
  • Enjoy the laidback vibe and tasty food of seaside goa
  • Take a cycling tour to shore temple
  • Visit the peace pagoda
  • Watch the sunrise from a boat on the ganges

Itinerary

Delhi Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.
Delhi/Āgra 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.
Āgra/Jaipur Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.
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.
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.
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.
Udaipur/Būndi Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
Būndi/Mumbai Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.
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.
Mumbai/Goa Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
Goa Enjoy a free day in Goa.
Goa Spend the day relaxing in paradise.
Goa Spend a free day relaxing on the beach or 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. Don't forget to indulge in Goan cuisine.
Goa/Hampi Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka.
Hampi/Mysore Enjoy a walking tour and explore the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Vittala Temple complex, Virupaksh Temple, Hazararama Temple, and the boulders on the river. In the evening, take an overnight Hampi Express train to Mysore.
Mysore Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill.
Mysore/Madikeri Drive to Bylakuppe and explore the Namdroling Monastery - home to nearly 5,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Later drive to Madikeri for the evening.
Madikeri Explore Madikeri (the coffee hub of India) and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. Later, enjoy an orientation walk around the town and then enjoy free time to explore in the afternoon.
Madikeri/Kochi Take a morning drive to the coastal town of Kannur. Catch the Ernakulam Express to Kochi in the afternoon.
Kochi Explore the Fort Kochi area and see the Chinese fishing nets at work. If time permits, visit the Jewish area and synagogue, the Dutch Palace, and Spice Market.
Kochi Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.
Kochi/Alleppey Take the early train to Alleppey to explore the Kerala backwaters. Walk in the paddy fields and take a canoe ride through the canals the region is famous for.
Alleppey/Kanyakumari Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.
Kanyakumari/Madurai Spend the day in Kanyakumari. Drive to the southernmost tip of India and take a ferry across to Vivekananda Rock and the Ramkrishna Ashram. Take an evening Kanyakumari Express train to Madurai.
Madurai Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai.
Madurai/Māmallapuram Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram.
Māmallapuram Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.
Māmallapuram/Chennai Drive to Chennai and explore Marina Beach and San Thome Basilica. Later, board an overnight train to Hyderabad.
Hyderabad Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort.
Hyderabad/Puri Enjoy a free morning to continue exploring this state capital before catching an evening flight to Bhubaneshwar. Continue by van to reach Puri.
Puri Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.
Puri/Kolkata Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided on board. Arrive in the afternoon and take an orientation walk with the CEO.
Kolkata Explore the vintage monuments and streets of this former capital of the British Era, also visit Missionaries' of Charity the noble peace prize winner, Mother Teresa’s house and final resting place.. Opt to take a ferry ride across the Hooghly River. Opt to join the group for dinner at one of the famed restaurants on Park Street for the final night out.
Kolkata Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.
Kolkata/Jalpāiguri Visit the Victoria Memorial and explore Mother Teresa's House. Enjoy free time later and opt to explore the Indian Museum. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.
Jalpāiguri/Darjeeling Arrive at New Jalpaiguri and continue onwards by van to Darjeeling. Take an orientation tour of the town before enjoying free time with the rest of the evening.
Darjeeling Watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit a tea estate and explore the Mahakal Temple. Later, travel the World Heritage-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on a vintage steam engine train. Continue with a visit to the Peace Pagoda.
Darjeeling/Gangtok Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. Take in the stunning scenery of the Himalayas surrounding this quaint town.
Gangtok Start the day with an orientation walk, then enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town.
Gangtok/Kalimpong Continue by private vehicle to Kalimpong. Stop along the way at Rumtek Monastery. Embark on an orientation walk of the town of Kalimpong then enjoy the rest of the day to explore at leisure.
Kalimpong to New Jalpaiguri Drive to New Jalpaiguri Station with a stop en route at Deolo Hills to take in views of the mountainous scenery. Catch the overnight train to Varanasi.
Mughal Sarāi/Varanasi Arrive to Mughal Sarai in the morning and continue by van to Varanasi. Enjoy an evening visit to the ghats and watch the prayer sessions.
Varanasi Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi.
Varanasi/Lucknow Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara.
Lucknow/Delhi Spend most of the day exploring Lucknow. Opt to explore The Residency and be immersed in colonial era history. In the afternoon, board the Swarna Shatabdi Express train to Delhi, with dinner provided on board. Enjoy the night in the bustle of Delhi.
Delhi Depart at any time.
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