Multi-Day Tour

Indian Odyssey by Rail (54 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Delhi, India To Delhi, India

Valid for Departures: 04 May 2018 - 24 Dec 2019

Indian Odyssey by Rail (54 days)

Day 3

Amritsar

Day 4

Amritsar/Dharamshala

Day 5

Dharamshala

Day 6

Dharamshala/Shimla

Day 7

Shimla

Day 8

Shimla/Delhi

Day 17

Bundi

Day 23

Hampi/Mysore

Day 26

Madikeri

Day 27

Madikeri/Kochi

Day 28

-

Day 29

-

Day 30

Kochi/Alleppey

Day 31

Alleppey/Kanyakumari

Day 32

Kanyakumari/Madurai

Day 35

Mamallapuram

Day 36

Mamallapuram/Chennai

Day 38

Hyderabad/Puri

Day 39

Puri

Day 40

0 Puri/Calcutta

Day 44

Jalpaiguri/Kalimpong, ???????

Day 45

Kalimpong, ???????/Gangtok

Day 46

Gangtok

Day 47

Gangtok/Darjeeling

Day 49

Darjeeling to Varanasi

Day 50

0 Mughal Sarai/Varanasi

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Delhi, India
None None
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, India
None None
Day 2 Delhi/Amritsar (1D): Embark on a youth-led city tour of Delhi with G Adventures-supported project, City Walk. Get a unique perspective of the city while supporting at-risk youth and learning about the work of local nonprofit Salaam Baalak Trust. In the afternoon catch the Shatabdi Express to Amritsar. Included Activities: City Walk Transport: Train cars offer rows of 3 and 3 reclining seats for the evening ride. Train
Day 3
Amritsar
None None
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
None None
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
Day 5
Dharamshala
None None
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
None None
Day 6 Dharamshala/Shimla: Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the beautiful Himalayas. Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7
Shimla
None None
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
None None
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 Train
Day 9
Delhi, India
None None
Day 9 Delhi: Enjoy a free day in Delhi.
Day 10
Delhi, India
None Breakfast
Day 10 Delhi/Agra: 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
Day 11
Agra, India
None None
Day 11 Agra/Jaipur: Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur. Transport: Train
Day 12
Jaipur, India
None None
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
Day 13
Jaipur, India
None None
Day 13 Jaipur: Enjoy free time to explore Jaipur before boarding an overnight train to Udaipur. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 14
Udaipur, India
None None
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
Day 15
Udaipur, India
None None
Day 15 Udaipur: 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.
Day 16
Udaipur, India
None None
Day 16 Udaipur/Bundi: Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells. Included Activities: Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit Transport: Train
Day 17
Bundi
None None
Day 17 Bundi (1D): Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board. Transport: Train Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 18
Mumbai, India
None None
Day 18 Mumbai: Arrive in the morning in 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
Day 19
Mumbai, India
None None
Day 19 Mumbai/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. Transport: Plane
Day 20
Goa, India
None None
Day 20 Goa: Enjoy a free day in Goa.
Day 21
Goa, India
None None
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.
Day 22
Goa, India
None None
Day 22 Goa/Hampi: Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka. Transport: Train Private Vehicle
Day 23
Hampi/Mysore
None None
Day 23 Hampi/Mysore: Enjoy a walking tour and explore the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Hazararama 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 Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 24
Mysore, India
None None
Day 24 Mysore: Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill. Included Activities: Mysore Palace Visit Chamundi Hills Visit
Day 25
Mysore, India
None None
Day 25 Mysore/Madikeri: Drive to Bylakuppe and explore the Namdroling Monastery - home to nearly 5,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Later drive to Madikeri for the evening. Included Activities: Namdroling Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle
Day 26
Madikeri
None None
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
Day 27
Madikeri/Kochi
None None
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 Train
Day 28

None None
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
Day 29

None None
Day 29 Kochi: Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.
Day 30
Kochi/Alleppey
None None
Day 30 Kochi/Alleppey (1D): This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay. Included Activities: Kerala Boat Tour Transport: Train Tuk-tuk
Day 31
Alleppey/Kanyakumari
None Breakfast
Day 31 Alleppey/Kanyakumari: 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 Private Vehicle
Day 32
Kanyakumari/Madurai
None None
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 Ferry Train
Day 33
Madurai, India
None None
Day 33 Madurai: Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai. Included Activities: Meenakshi Temple Visit
Day 34
Madurai, India
None None
Day 34 Madurai/Mamallapuram: Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram. Transport: Train Private Vehicle
Day 35
Mamallapuram
None None
Day 35 Mamallapuram: Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Mamallapuram Beach Visit
Day 36
Mamallapuram/Chennai
None None
Day 36 Mamallapuram/Chennai: Accommodation on the train tonight will be either in two tier or three tier bunks. Included Activities: Chennai City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 37
Hyderabad, India
None None
Day 37 Hyderabad: Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort. Included Activities: Golconda Fort Visit Charminar Visit
Day 38
Hyderabad/Puri
None None
Day 38 Hyderabad/Puri: Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time. Transport: Plane Private Vehicle
Day 39
Puri
None None
Day 39 Puri: Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches. Included Activities: Raghuraj Pur Village Visit
Day 40
0 Puri/Calcutta
None Lunch
Day 40 Puri/Calcutta: 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
Day 41
Calcutta, India
None None
Day 41 Calcutta: 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.
Day 42
Calcutta, India
None None
Day 42 Calcutta: Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.
Day 43
Calcutta, India
None None
Day 43 Calcutta/Jalpaiguri: 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. Included Activities: Victoria Memorial Visit Ganges Ferry Ride Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 44
Jalpaiguri/Kalimpong, ???????
None None
Day 44 Jalpaiguri/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
Day 45
Kalimpong, ???????/Gangtok
None None
Day 45 Kalimpong/Gangtok: Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 46
TBD
None None
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
Day 47
TBD
None None
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
Day 48
Darjeeling, India
None Lunch
Day 48 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 and 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 Transport: Toy train
Day 49
Darjeeling to Varanasi
None None
Day 49 Darjeeling to Varanasi: Drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai. Transport: Private Vehicle Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided. Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 50
0 Mughal Sarai/Varanasi
None None
Day 50 Mughal Sarai/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
Day 51
Varanasi, India
None None
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
Day 52
Varanasi, India
None None
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
Day 53
Lucknow, India
None None
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
Day 54
Delhi, India
None None
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.

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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 country’s highlights, with loads of time to hop off and get to know your surroundings in a way only a Rail tour allows. The trip won’t last forever, but the memories definitely will.

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