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Indian Odyssey by Rail
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Travel like a local on this 54-day trip, exploring India by train from the northeast to the southwest. Skip the backpacking and let the train and the innumerable beautiful sights move you, from the Taj Mahal to the colours of Rajasthan to the ruins of Karnataka. This trip will hit some of the countrys highlights, with loads of time to hop off and get to know your surroundings in a way only a Rail tour allows. The trip wont last forever, but the memories definitely will.


Duration: 54 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145654
Starts: Delhi, India Finishes: Delhi, India
You will visit
  • Delhi
  • Delhi

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Women on Wheels Transfer

02

Day 2: Delhi/Amritsar (1D)

Enjoy a city tour by former streetkids, a G Adventures-supported project. This tour is a unique way for travellers to engage in the lives of these young adults and the guiding provides an opportunity for them to improve their language and communication skills.

In the afternoon catch the Shatabdi Express to Amritsar.

Included Activities:
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project

Transport:
Train cars offer rows of 3 and 3 reclining seats for the evening ride.
Train (6.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Amritsar

Amritsar, meaning "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality," is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. Learn more about Sikhs on our visit to Harimandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine in Sikhism.

As Amritsar sits right on the Pakistan-India border, we offer an optional trip to the border post to watch the formal flag ceremony, which is sure to be one of the highlights of the trip.

Included Activities:
Golden Temple Visit
Wagah Border Ceremony

04

Day 4: Amritsar/Dharamshala

Travel along Himalayan mountain roads to the famous seat of the Tibetan government in exile, Dharamsala (literally "Rest House").

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:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

05

Day 5: 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.

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Day 6: Dharamshala/Shimla

Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the beautiful Himalayas.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

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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

08

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))

09

Day 9: Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

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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)

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Day 11: Āgra/Jaipur

Hop a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.

Transport:
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)

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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

13

Day 13: Jaipur/Udaipur

In the afternoon, continue your travels on the Udaipur Express train.


Transport:
Train (7.00-7.50 hours)

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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

15

Day 15: Udaipur/Būndi

With free time in Udaipur, opt to check out the many beautiful lakes, take a boat ride, visit the Monsoon Palace for some excellent views, or take an Indian cooking class.

Transport:
Train (4.50 hour(s))

16

Day 16: Būndi/Mumbai (1D)

Explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express, with dinner on board.

Included Activities:
Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit

Transport:
Train (1.00 hour(s))
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

17

Day 17: Mumbai

Arrive in the morning at 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

18

Day 18: Mumbai/Goa

Spend the day exploring more of Mumbai before an overnight ride on the Konkan Kanya Express train to Goa.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (11.50 hour(s))

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Day 19: 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.

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Day 20: Goa

Enjoy a free day in Goa.

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Day 21: 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.

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Day 22: Goa/Hampi

Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka.

Transport:
Train (6.50-7.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 23: Hampi/Mysore

Enjoy a walking tour then explore the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Hararama Temple, and the boulders on the river. In the evening, take an overnight Hampi Express train to Mysore.

Included Activities:
Walking Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

24

Day 24: Mysore

Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill.

Included Activities:
Mysore Palace Visit
Chamundi Hills Visit

25

Day 25: Mysore/Madikeri

Drive to Bylakuppe and explore the Namdroling Monastery - a home to nearly 5000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Later drive to Madikeri for the evening.

Included Activities:
Namdroling Monastery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 26: Madikeri

Explore Madikeri (the coffee hub of India) and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. Visit the Madikeri Fort and the famed Raja's Seat for its stunning views.

Included Activities:
Coffee Plantation Tour

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Day 27: Madikeri/Kochi

Take a morning drive to the coastal town of Kannur. Catch the Ernakulam Express to Kochi in the afternoon.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Train (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 28: 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.

Included Activities:
Fort Kochi Visit
Chinese Fishing Nets Visit

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Day 29: Kochi

Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.

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Day 30: Kochi/Alleppey (1D)

Take an Ernad Express 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.

Included Activities:
Kerala Boat Tour

Transport:
Train (1.00-1.50 hours)
Tuk-tuk (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 31: Alleppey/Kanyakumari (1B)

Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening Ernad Express train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.

Transport:
Meals are available for purchase on board.
Train (4.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 32: 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.

Included Activities:
Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram Visit

Transport:
Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Ferry (0.50 hour(s))
Train (4.50 hour(s))

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Day 33: Madurai

Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai.

Included Activities:
Meenakshi Temple Visit

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Day 34: Madurai/Māmallapuram

Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram.

Transport:
Train (6.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)

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Day 35: Māmallapuram

Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.

Included Activities:
Shore Temple Visit
Mamallapuram Beach Visit

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Day 36: Māmallapuram/Visakhapatnam

Drive to Chennai and catch an early Coromondal Express train to Vizag. Spend the day on the train with plenty of time to relax and watch the scenery of East Coast India glide by.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Train (12.50-13.50 hours)

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Day 37: Visakhapatnam

Explore Vizag and the northern beaches, along with the Simachalam Temple.

Included Activities:
Simachalam Temple Visit

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Day 38: Visakhapatnam/Puri

Take an early Puri Express train to Bhubaneshwar and marvel at the scenery. Continue by van to reach Puri.

Transport:
Meals for purchase on board.
Train (9.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

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Day 39: Puri

Explore the Jagannath Temple, Raghuraj Pur village, and beautiful Puri beaches.

Included Activities:
Jagannath Temple Visit
Raghuraj Pur Village Visit

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Day 40: Puri/Kolkata (1L)

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided on board. Arrive in the afternoon and explore Mother Teresa's house in the evening.

Transport:
Train (7.50-8.00 hours)

41

Day 41: Kolkata

Explore the vintage monuments and streets of this former capital of the British Era. 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.

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Day 42: Kolkata

Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.

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Day 43: Kolkata/Jalpāiguri

Visit the Victoria Memorial, New Market and take a ferry on the Ganges. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))

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Day 44: Jalpāiguri/Kalimpong, Крукети

Arrive to New Jalpaiguri in the morning and continue by van to Kalimpong.

Explore MacFarlane Memorial Church and visit a cactus and orchid nursery and the Lepcha Museum, dedicated to preserving the dwindling culture of the indigenous Lepcha tribe.

Included Activities:
MacFarlane Memorial Church Visit
Cactus Nursery Visit
Lepcha Museum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

45

Day 45: Kalimpong, Крукети/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))

46

Day 46: 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)

47

Day 47: 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)

48

Day 48: Darjeeling (1L)

Watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit a tea estate, explore the Mahakal Temple, and meet Tibetans at a Refugee Camp. After, visit the Peace Pagoda. Enjoy a cooking demonstration at a local, family-run restaurant.

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
Refugee Camp Visit

49

Day 49: Darjeeling/Mughal Sarāi

In the morning take the World Heritage Himalayan Toy Train ride. Then drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai.

Included Activities:
Akshardham Visit

Transport:
Toy train
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided.
Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))

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Day 50: 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))

51

Day 51: 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

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Day 52: 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))

53

Day 53: 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))

54

Day 54: Delhi

With extra time, you can book our 'Agra Extension' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
    • G Adventures-supported Delhi Streetkids walk
    • Golden Temple visit and evening Wagah border ceremony (Amritsar)
    • McLeod Ganj orientation walk
    • Bhagsunag visit
    • Taj Mahal visit (Agra)
    • 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 (Mumbai)
    • Gateway of India visit
    • Beach time in Goa
    • Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi (Karnataka)
    • Hararama Temple visit
    • Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits (Mysore)
    • Namdroling Monastery visit
    • Coffee plantation tour (Madikeri)
    • Madikeri Fort and Raja's Seat visit
    • Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit
    • Kerala Backwaters homestay
    • Backwaters canal ride
    • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit (Kanyakumari)
    • Meenakshi Temple visit (Madurai)
    • Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach
    • Simachalam Temple visit (Vizag)
    • Jagannath Temple visit (Puri)
    • Raghuraj Pur village visit
    • Beach time in Puri
    • Kolkata city tour
    • MacFarlane Memorial Church visit (Kalimpong)
    • Cactus nursery visit
    • Lepcha Museum visit
    • Local lunch with cooking demonstration
    • Gangtok orientation tour
    • Rumtek Monastery day trip
    • Darjeeling orientation tour
    • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
    • Tea estate visit
    • Mahakal Temple visit
    • Tibetan refugee camp visit
    • Peace Pagoda visit
    • Toy train to Kurseong
    • Akshardham visit (Siliguri)
    • Evening ghats visit (Varanasi)
    • Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
    • Sarnath visit
    • Lucknow orientation tour
    • Bara Imambara visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (44 nts), sleeper trains (8 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), Shatabdi Express train, toy trains, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony
  • See a different side of Delhi with a former streetkids-led walking tour
  • Ride the toy trains of Shimla and Darjeeling
  • Indulge in amazing food of seaside Goa
  • Wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Experience a homestay in the Kerala Backwaters.