Rail: Indian Odyssey by Rail (AHIR)

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
    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
    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: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Highlights
    Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony, see a different side of Delhi with a former streetkids-led walking tour, ride the toy trains of Shimla and Darjeeling, indulge in amazing food of seaside Goa, wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, experience a homestay in the Kerala Backwaters.

    Description
    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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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    Duration
    54 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1DelhiDay 1 Delhi
    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Women on Wheels Transfer
    Day 2AmritsarDay 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 Transport: Train cars offer rows of 3 and 3 reclining seats for the evening ride. Train (6.00 hour(s))
    Day 3AmritsarDay 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 4DharamshalaDay 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 (6.00-7.00 hours)
    Day 5DharamshalaDay 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 6ShimlaDay 6 Dharamshala/Shimla
    Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the beautiful Himalayas. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
    Day 7ShimlaDay 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 8DelhiDay 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 (3.00 hour(s)) Train (4.00 hour(s))
    Day 9DelhiDay 9 Delhi
    Enjoy a free day in Delhi.
    Day 10AgraDay 10 Delhi/Agra (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)
    Day 11JaipurDay 11 Agra/Jaipur
    Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur. Transport: Train (4.00-4.50 hours)
    Day 12JaipurDay 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 13UdaipurDay 13 Jaipur/Udaipur
    In the afternoon, continue your travels on the Udaipur Express train. Transport: Train (7.00-7.50 hours)
    Day 14UdaipurDay 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 15BundiDay 15 Udaipur/Bundi
    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))
    Day 16MumbaiDay 16 Bundi/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))
    Day 17MumbaiDay 17 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
    Day 18GoaDay 18 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))
    Day 19GoaDay 19 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. Dont forget to indulge in Goan cuisine.
    Day 20GoaDay 20 Goa
    Enjoy a free day in Goa.
    Day 21GoaDay 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. Dont forget to indulge in Goan cuisine.
    Day 22HampiDay 22 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))
    Day 23MysoreDay 23 Hampi/Mysore
    Enjoy a walking tour then 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 (3.00 hour(s)) Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))
    Day 24MysoreDay 24 Mysore
    Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill. Included Activities: Mysore Palace Visit Chamundi Hills Visit
    Day 25MadikeriDay 25 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))
    Day 26MadikeriDay 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 27KochiDay 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 (3.00-4.00 hours) Train (6.00 hour(s))
    Day 28KochiDay 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 29KochiDay 29 Kochi
    Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.
    Day 30AlleppeyDay 30 Kochi/Alleppey (1D)
    This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay. Included Activities: Kerala Boat Tour Transport: Train (1.00-1.50 hours) Tuk-tuk (0.50 hour(s))
    Day 31KanyakumariDay 31 Alleppey/Kanyakumari (1B)
    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 (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
    Day 32MaduraiDay 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 (0.50 hour(s)) Ferry (0.50 hour(s)) Train (4.50 hour(s))
    Day 33MaduraiDay 33 Madurai
    Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai. Included Activities: Meenakshi Temple Visit
    Day 34MamallapuramDay 34 Madurai/Mamallapuram
    Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram. Transport: Train (6.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50-1.00 hours)
    Day 35MamallapuramDay 35 Mamallapuram
    Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Included Activities: Shore Temple Visit Mamallapuram Beach Visit
    Day 36VisakhapatnamDay 36 Mamallapuram/Visakhapatnam
    Drive to Chennai and catch an early Coromondal Express train to Vizag. Spend the day on the train with plenty of time to relax and watch the scenery of East Coast India glide by. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Train (12.50-13.50 hours)
    Day 37VisakhapatnamDay 37 Visakhapatnam
    Explore Vizag and the northern beaches, along with the Simachalam Temple. Included Activities: Simachalam Temple Visit
    Day 38PuriDay 38 Visakhapatnam/Puri
    Take an early Puri Express train to Bhubaneshwar and marvel at the scenery. Continue by van to reach Puri. Transport: Meals for purchase on board. Train (9.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 39PuriDay 39 Puri
    Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches. Included Activities: Raghuraj Pur Village Visit
    Day 40KolkataDay 40 Puri/Kolkata (1L)
    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 (7.50-8.00 hours)
    Day 41KolkataDay 41 Kolkata
    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 42KolkataDay 42 Kolkata
    Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.
    Day 43JalpaiguriDay 43 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. Transport: Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))
    Day 44KalimpongDay 44 Jalpaiguri/Kalimpong
    Arrive at New Jalpaiguri and continue by van to Kalimpong. Explore the MacFarlane Memorial Church and take in views of the mountainous scenery with a stop at Deolo Hill. Included Activities: MacFarlane Memorial Church Visit Deolo Hill Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
    Day 45GangtokDay 45 Kalimpong/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))
    Day 46GangtokDay 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 (24km)
    Day 47DarjeelingDay 47 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)
    Day 48DarjeelingDay 48 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: 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 49Mughal SaraiDay 49 Darjeeling/Mughal Sarai
    Drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided. Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))
    Day 50VaranasiDay 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 (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 51VaranasiDay 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 52LucknowDay 52 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 53DelhiDay 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 (6.00 hour(s))
    Day 54DelhiDay 54 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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    11/03/2017$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 12; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    02/02/2018$6,139.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 14; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/02/2018$6,139.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/23/2018$6,139.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
    03/30/2018$6,139.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 15; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
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    11/02/2018$6,249.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 13; Minimum Age: 12; 1 AdultQuote
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