Multi-Day Tour

Ultimate India by Rail (46 days)

G Adventures Inc.

Delhi, India To Delhi, India

Valid for Departures: 12 May 2018 - 24 Dec 2019

Ultimate India by Rail (46 days)

Day 9

Bundi

Day 15

Hampi/Mysore

Day 18

Madikeri

Day 19

Madikeri/Kochi

Day 20

Kochi

Day 21

Kochi

Day 22

Kochi/Alleppey

Day 23

Alleppey/Kanyakumari

Day 24

Kanyakumari/Madurai

Day 27

Mamallapuram

Day 28

Mamallapuram/Chennai

Day 30

Hyderabad/Puri

Day 31

Puri

Day 32

Puri/Calcutta

Day 36

Jalpaiguri/Kalimpong

Day 37

Kalimpong/Gangtok

Day 38

Gangtok

Day 39

Gangtok/Darjeeling

Day 41

Darjeeling to Varanasi

Day 42

Mughal Sarai/Varanasi

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Delhi, India
None None
Day 1 Delhi: Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project. Included Activities: Women on Wheels Transfer Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2
Delhi, India
None Breakfast
Day 2 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 3
Agra, India
None None
Day 3 Agra/Jaipur: Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur. Transport: Train
Day 4
Jaipur, India
None None
Day 4 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 5
Jaipur, India
None None
Day 5 Jaipur: Enjoy free time to explore Jaipur before boarding an overnight train to Udaipur. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds)
Day 6
Udaipur, India
None None
Day 6 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 7
Udaipur, India
None None
Day 7 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 8
Udaipur, India
None None
Day 8 Udaipur/Bundi: Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells. Included Activities: Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit Transport: Train
Day 9
Bundi
None None
Day 9 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 10
Mumbai, India
None None
Day 10 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 11
Mumbai, India
None None
Day 11 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 12
Goa, India
None None
Day 12 Goa: Spend the day relaxing in paradise.
Day 13
Goa, India
None None
Day 13 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 14
Goa, India
None None
Day 14 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 15
Hampi/Mysore
None None
Day 15 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 16
Mysore, India
None None
Day 16 Mysore: Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill. Included Activities: Mysore Palace Visit Chamundi Hills Visit
Day 17
Mysore, India
None None
Day 17 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 18
Madikeri
None None
Day 18 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 19
Madikeri/Kochi
None None
Day 19 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 20
Kochi
None None
Day 20 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 21
Kochi
None None
Day 21 Kochi: Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.
Day 22
Kochi/Alleppey
None None
Day 22 Kochi/Alleppey (1D): This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay. Included Activities: Kerala Boat Tour Transport: Train Tuk-tuk
Day 23
Alleppey/Kanyakumari
None Breakfast
Day 23 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 24
Kanyakumari/Madurai
None None
Day 24 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 25
Madurai, India
None None
Day 25 Madurai: Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai. Included Activities: Meenakshi Temple Visit
Day 26
Madurai, India
None None
Day 26 Madurai/Mamallapuram: Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram. Transport: Train Private Vehicle
Day 27
Mamallapuram
None None
Day 27 Mamallapuram: Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Mamallapuram Beach Visit
Day 28
Mamallapuram/Chennai
None None
Day 28 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 29
Hyderabad, India
None None
Day 29 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 30
Hyderabad/Puri
None None
Day 30 Hyderabad/Puri: Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time. Transport: Plane Private Vehicle
Day 31
Puri
None None
Day 31 Puri: Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches. Included Activities: Raghuraj Pur Village Visit
Day 32
Puri/Calcutta
None Lunch
Day 32 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 33
Calcutta, India
None None
Day 33 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 34
Calcutta, India
None None
Day 34 Calcutta: Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.
Day 35
Calcutta, India
None None
Day 35 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 36
Jalpaiguri/Kalimpong
None None
Day 36 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 37
Kalimpong/Gangtok
None None
Day 37 Kalimpong/Gangtok: Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 38
TBD
None None
Day 38 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 39
TBD
None None
Day 39 Gangtok/Darjeeling: Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 40
Darjeeling, India
None Lunch
Day 40 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 41
Darjeeling to Varanasi
None None
Day 41 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 42
Mughal Sarai/Varanasi
None None
Day 42 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 43
Varanasi, India
None None
Day 43 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 44
Varanasi, India
None None
Day 44 Varanasi/Lucknow: Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara. Included Activities: Bara Imambara Visit Transport: Train
Day 45
Lucknow, India
None None
Day 45 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 46
Delhi, India
None None
Day 46 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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On this six-week trip that circles India via train, you’ll start in Delhi, travelling to Agra for a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, then head southwest by rail to make stops in Rajasthan, Mumbai, and Goa. From there it’s on to Karnataka, Kochi, and living like a local in the Kerala Backwaters before going south, east, and north to view spectacular temples and riding the famous toy trains of Darjeeling. Top this epic journey off with local meals in family homes, wandering the beautiful street...

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