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Kolkata to Kochi by Rail

India is the perfect destination if youre looking to do some long-term travelling that will stay in your memory for years so why not skip the backpacking and get on board a train? This 33-day trip allows you to travel like an India native by taking the train from northeast to southwest, spotting innumerable beautiful sights along the way. From experiencing remote villages of Darjeeling and touring the Taj Mahal to absorbing the colours of Rajasthan and visiting the ruins of Karnataka, this train trip hits some of Indias highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings.


Duration: 33 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145309
Starts: Kolkata, India Finishes: Kochi, India
You will visit
  • Kolkata
  • Kochi

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Kolkata

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: 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))

03

Day 3: 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))

04

Day 4: 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))

05

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)

06

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)

07

Day 7: 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

08

Day 8: 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))

09

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))

10

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

11

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))

12

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))

13

Day 13: Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

14

Day 14: 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)

15

Day 15: Āgra/Jaipur

Hop a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.

Transport:
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)

16

Day 16: 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

17

Day 17: Jaipur/Udaipur

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


Transport:
Train (7.00-7.50 hours)

18

Day 18: 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

19

Day 19: 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))

20

Day 20: 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))

21

Day 21: 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

22

Day 22: 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))

23

Day 23: 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.

24

Day 24: Goa

Enjoy a free day in Goa.

25

Day 25: 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.

26

Day 26: 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))

27

Day 27: 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))

28

Day 28: Mysore

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

Included Activities:
Mysore Palace Visit
Chamundi Hills Visit

29

Day 29: 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))

30

Day 30: 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

31

Day 31: 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))

32

Day 32: 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

33

Day 33: Kochi

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    • 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
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (27 nts), sleeper train (5 nts)
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), toy train, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Ride a toy train in Darjeeling
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Explore the breathtaking ruins of the Karnataka region in Hampi.