Railways of the Raj - 15 days

FROM USD $3,499

Journey across this diverse country by train; Kolkata to the majestic hill stations of Darjeeling and Shimla, holy Varanasi on the Ganges, the Taj Mahal in Agra and more!

Day 1: Kolkata
Once you arrive into Kolkata you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Kolkata or relax at the hotel. Overnight - Kolkata
This cultural city is an amazing example of East meets West. Enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this imposing vision in marble often called the “Taj” of the British Raj overlooks the grassy Maidan, the city’s green belt. Overnight - Kolkata (B)
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Day 3: Kolkata
Kolkata - New Jalpaiguri. Enjoy the day to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, you’ll board the Darjeeling Mail train. In air conditioned 1st class sleeper accommodation, relax as the train heads north to New Jalpaiguri. Overnight - Train (B)
A view of Darjeeling showing the Himalayan mountains behind it
Days 4 - 6: Darjeeling
New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - Varanasi. Early this morning, you’ll continue the journey to Darjeeling by car. Sitting at a spectacular altitude of 2124m with a backdrop consisting of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and surrounded by verdant tea plantations. Owing to Darjeeling’s proximity to Tibet, the town has a Tibetan Refugee Centre comprising care for the young and old and craft workshops that produce carpets, leather work and other Tibetan curios. If you have time, it’s worth a look.

Early morning of day 5, we enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to catch sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) followed by city sightseeing and a visit to a tea estate (and see tea being processed if travelling between March - October). Day 6, drive to New Jalpaiguri to catch the Varanasi North-East Express train (2nd class A/C sleeper) to Varanasi. Overnight - (2) Darjeeling - (1) train (B:3, L:2, D:2)
Days 7 - 8: Varanasi
Arriving early this morning to Mughalsarai, we drive to Varanasi. Varanasi or the city of Shiva, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Abundant with temples and streets that resemble a mass of tangled shoe laces, Varanasi is one of India’s most colourful cities, later we enjoy a city sightseeing tour. Early morning, day 8, we boat ride on the holy Ganges to witness the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the famous riverside ghats (steps) that line the banks. Late afternoon board the Marudhar Express train (2nd A/C class sleeper) to Agra. Overnight - (1) Varanassi - (1) train (B:1)
Days 9 - 10: Agra
An early morning arrival in Agra allows you the chance to relax. Visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and marble craft shop later this afternoon. Day 10, free morning or re-visit the Taj Mahal. Afternoon vehicle transfer to Delhi in time to board the Howrah Delhi Kalka Express train (air-conditioned 1st class sleeper) to Kalka. Overnight - (1) Agra - (1) train (B:1)
Days 11 - 12: Kalka - Shimla
Kalka - Shimla - (breakfast day 12 only). Very early today, we board the Kalka-Shimla Express (non a/c 1st class), arriving Shimla late morning. Shimla, the ‘old summer capital’ of British India sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of 2100m. The famous ‘Mall’ lined with stately English houses, Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge reinforces Shimla’s English flavour. It’s worth exploring the narrow streets which fall steeply away from the ridge to colourful local bazaars. Overnight - Shimla (B:1)
Day 13: Shimla
Shimla - Delhi (Kalka). Leaving Shimla, drive to Kalka to catch the afternoon, Shatabdi Express train (airconditioned chair car) bound for Delhi. Overnight - Delhi (B)
Colourfully dressed Indian people at the Taj Mahal
Day 14: Delhi
This morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy the sights of New Delhi including the majestic India Gate, Rajpath and Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century and a carpet emporium. Overnight - Delhi (B)
Day 15: Delhi
Today our tour comes to an end after breakfast. Enjoy an included departure transfer to Delhi airport. (B)

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Prices are based on 4 star hotels. If you fancy a little added comfort and luxury, you can upgrade your accommodation on this tour to 5 star hotels.

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Tour Details
  • Starts in: Kolkata / Ends in: Delhi
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:11, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & heritage properties
  • Tour Guide: Yes - for groups of 6 or more
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