Rail: Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail (AHDR)

Countries Visited: India
Trip Style: Rail-The best way to fully experience the world is by travelling through it. Rail tours bring you closer to amazing places via iconic and scenic rail routes
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
    Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
    Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
    Meals Included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Savour a local lunch in Darjeeling, ride a World Heritage-listed toy train, watch the sunrise on the Ganges, experience the bustle of Delhi.

    Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus - but you're not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way - by train. Over two weeks, you'll head north into Sikkim and Darjeeling via vans and local trains (including the famous toy trains in Darjeeling), giving you an up close and personal experience with authentic India. There'll be plenty of palaces and forts to spot both on the train and off, and you'll still get all the social elements of travelling with a group. Add in local meals and a large helping of culture, and this is a trip that'll stay with you for a long time.
  • Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13004654

    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    13 Days
    Escorted - Yes
    Day 1KolkataDay 1 Kolkata
    Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2JalpaiguriDay 2 Kolkata/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) (13.00 hour(s))
    Day 3KalimpongDay 3 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. Additional Notes: Ongoing protests in Kalimpong and Darjeeling have made the area unstable. As a result, itineraries have been rerouted due to safety concerns. On this day, arrive in New Jalpaiguri and continue by van to Pelling. Enjoy an orientation of the town on arrival. Included Activities: Deolo Hill Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
    Day 4GangtokDay 4 Kalimpong/Gangtok
    Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. Additional Notes: In the morning, visit Pema Yangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins. Later, continue by private van to Gangtok and receive an orientation of the town. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
    Day 5GangtokDay 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)
    Day 6DarjeelingDay 6 Gangtok/Darjeeling
    Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town. Additional Notes: In the morning, take the 100 km drive from Gangtok to Ravangla and enjoy picturesque views of the Greater Himalayas. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
    Day 7DarjeelingDay 7 Darjeeling (1L)
    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: Today will be a full day in Ravangla. Visit the Samdruptse Hill, Ralang Monastery and Bonn Monasteries. Hike up the steps to Doling Gompa if time permits. Please note that occasionally the cooking demonstration may be moved to Varanasi to better suit the days schedule. Included Activities: Tiger Hill Sunrise Visit Tea Estate Visit Mahakal Temple Visit Peace Pagoda Visit Transport: Toy train
    Day 8Darjeeling to VaranasiDay 8 Darjeeling to Varanasi
    Drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai. Additional Notes: Depart Ravangla for Siliguri and catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai. Transfer to Varanasi via bus. Transport: Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided. Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
    Day 9VaranasiDay 9 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 (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 10VaranasiDay 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
    Day 11LucknowDay 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))
    Day 12DelhiDay 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))
    Day 13DelhiDay 13 Delhi
    With extra time, you can book our Agra Extension including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to Indias most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.

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    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

    Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
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