Indian railways are a unique experience. They are the lifeblood of the land. From mighty express trains thundering along the plains to delightful toy trains weaving their way up mountain sides this tour gives a real flavor of the excitement of an Indian train ride! It also encompasses some of the essential sights and sounds of this incredible country.
Kolkata – Darjeeling – Varanasi – Agra – Shimla – Delhi
Day 1. To Kolkata
Departure from your home country to Kolkata.
Day 2. Kolkata
Arrive Kolkata early in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing includes the Jain Temple, Victoria Memorial, Kali Temple and Mother Teresa’s Orphanage. Overnight at Hotel Kenilworth.
Day 3. On board Train to New Jaipaiguri
Dawn visit to the colourful flower market. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening board the train to New Jalpaiguri. Overnight train in 1st a/c sleeper.
Day 4. To Darjeeling
Arrive New Jalpaiguri in the morning. Change for the delightful Toy Train to Darjeeling, which slowly weaves its way up the mountain sides amidst glorious scenery. Two nights at the Hotel Windamere.
Day 5. Darjeeling
Dawn visit to the Tiger Hill to view Mount Kanchenjunga and the peak of the Mount Everest – on a clear day! Also see the Ghoom Monastery, where the 15 foot statue of the Maitreya Buddha is enshrined. After lunch visit the Botanical Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Day 6. On board Train To Varanasi
Morning drive to New Jalpaiguri station to board Rajdhani Express to Mughalsarai station. Overnight in 1st a/c sleeper on train.
Day 7. Varanasi
Arrive Mughalsarai station early in the morning. Morning at leisure. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, see the beautiful Buddhist Stupas and the interesting Museum. Evening cycle rickshaw ride to the Ghats to see the moving religious ceremony. Two nights at Taj Gateway Ganges.
Day 8. On board Train to Agra
Dawn boat ride on the Holy River Ganges to watch the religious rituals performed by the devout. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening Darjeeling Toy Train transfer to Mughal Sarai station to board train to Tundla. Overnight in 1st a/c sleeper.
Day 9. Agra
Arrive Tundla station in the morning. Drive to Agra. Afternoon sightseeing of the city includes the majestic Agra Fort- a World Heritage site, created by successive Mughal Emperors. The Fort is a statement of their power and majesty. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Overnight Taj Gateway.
Day 10. On board Train to Kalka
Breath-taking sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to watch the sun slowly caress the white marble, awakening the day and distant memories. Afternoon transfer to the railway station to board train to Kalka. Overnight in 1st a/c sleeper.
Day 11. To Shimla
Arrive Kalka early in the morning. Change for Toy Train to Shimla. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as the little train chuffs and puffs up the winding track. Two nights at the Oberoi Cecil.
Day 12. Shimla
Morning sightseeing includes Viceroy’s Lodge and highlights of the Mall including the Gaiety Theatre and Christ’s Church. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 13. To Delhi
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive down to Kalka station to board the Shatabdi express train to Delhi. Two nights at Shangri-La Eros Hotel.
Day 14. Delhi
Full day Delhi sightseeing includes the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk bazaar, India Gate, Humayan’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar.
Day 15. To your home country
Fly back to your home country.
Suggested extensions: Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur, Goa, Amritsar, Maheshwar, Shimla and Nepal (Various other extensions are available on request)
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