Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail

Rail, Kolkata to Delhi

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Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus — but you’re not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way — by train. Over two weeks, you’ll head north into Sikkim and Darjeeling via vans and local trains (including the famous toy trains in Darjeeling), giving you an up close and personal experience with authentic India. There’ll be plenty of palaces and forts to spot both on the train and off, and you’ll still get all the social elements of travelling with a group. Add in local meals and a large helping of culture, and this is a trip that’ll stay with you for a long time.

What’s included

  • Victoria Memorial visit
  • Ganges ferry ride
  • Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
  • Local lunch (Darjeeling)
  • Gangtok orientation tour
  • Rumtek Monastery day trip
  • Darjeeling orientation tour
  • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
  • Tea estate visit
  • Mahakal Temple visit
  • Peace Pagoda visit
  • Toy train to Kurseong
  • Evening ghats visit (Varanasi)
  • Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
  • Lucknow orientation tour
  • Bara Imambara visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Savour a local lunch in darjeeling
  • Ride a world heritage-listed toy train
  • Watch the sunrise on the ganges
  • Experience the bustle of delhi.


Day 1 Kolkata Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kolkata/Jalpāiguri Visit the Victoria Memorial, and take a ferry on the Ganges. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri. Included Activities: Victoria Memorial Visit Ganges Ferry Ride Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Jalpāiguri/Kalimpong Arrive at New Jalpaiguri and continue by van to Kalimpong. Take in views of the mountainous scenery with a stop at Deolo Hill. Included Activities: Deolo Hill Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Kalimpong/Gangtok Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Gangtok Enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery. Included Activities: Rumtek Monastery Visit Transport: Travel roughly 24km to the monastery and back. Private Vehicle (24km)
Day 6 Gangtok/Darjeeling Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 7 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. Additional Notes: Please note that occasionally the cooking demonstration may be moved to Varanasi to better suit the day's schedule. Included Activities: Tiger Hill Sunrise Visit Tea Estate Visit Mahakal Temple Visit Peace Pagoda Visit Transport: Toy train
Day 8 Darjeeling to Varanasi Drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided. Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Mughal Sarāi/Varanasi Arrive to Mughal Sarai in the morning and continue by van to Varanasi. Enjoy an evening visit to the ghats. Included Activities: Ghats Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Varanasi Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour
Day 11 Varanasi/Lucknow Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara. Included Activities: Bara Imambara Visit Transport: Train (6.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Lucknow/Delhi (1D) Spend most of the day exploring Lucknow. In the afternoon, board the Swarna Shatabdi Express train to Delhi, with dinner provided on board. Enjoy the night in the bustle of Delhi. Transport: Train (6.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Delhi With extra time, you can book our 'Agra Independent Adventure' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.