Northern India by Rail

For something a little more off the beaten path, take the train right to the heart of Indias colourful culture for a different look at this dynamic countrys northern region. Experiences like the India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony and Dalai Lama sights in Dharamsala get you in touch with the spiritual side of India, while the toy trains in Shimla are always a delight. Riding the rails back to Delhi gives you the chance to see many of Indias well-known highlights, and we even include a G Adventures-supported walking tour led by former Delhi streetkids. Youve never experienced India quite like this.

  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 145311
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
You will Visit
  • Delhi



Day 1: Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


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

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


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


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

Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)


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.


Day 6: Dharamshala/Shimla

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

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))


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


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.

Toy train (3.00 hour(s))
Train (4.00 hour(s))


Day 9: 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.

    • 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
    • Toy train between Shimla and Kalka
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 2 dinners
    • Shatabdi Express train, public bus, toy train from Shimla, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Experience a spiritual journey to the soul of India's religious culture
  • Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony
  • See a different side of Delhi with a walking tour led by a former streetkid
  • Learn about Tibetan Buddhism in Dharamsala