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Railways of the Raj

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15 days  |  Kolkata to Delhi  |  from USD $3,839  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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!

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Day 1

Upon arrival in Kolkata you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city or relax at the hotel.
Overnight: Kolkata

Day 2

Cultural Kolkata is an amazing example of east meets west. Today we 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 is often called the “Taj” of the British Raj. It also overlooks the grassy Maidan, known as the Brigade Parade ground which forms part of the city’s green belt.
Overnight: Kolkata  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Kolkata - New Jalpaiguri. Today is free to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, we board the Darjeeling Mail train (1st class A/C sleeper) and relax as the train heads north to New Jalpaiguri.
Overnight: Train  |  Breakfast

Days 4-6

New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - Varanasi. Arriving into New Jalpaiguri early on day 4, we continue our journey to Darjeeling by car. Lofty Darjeeling sits at a altitude of 2124m with a backdrop consisting of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks and verdant tea plantations. Owing to Darjeeling's close proximity to Tibet, the town has a Tibetan Refugee Centre which cares for the young and old and has craft workshops that produce carpets, leather work and other Tibetan curios. If you have time, it’s worth a look.

Early on the morning of day 5, we drive to Tiger Hill to watch a spectacular sunrise over the snowy peak of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. We continue on to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) before enjoying city sightseeing and visiting a tea estate where you can purchase some of Darjeeling’s most famous export (if travelling between Mar and Oct, we'll also see the tea being processed). 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  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 7-8

Varanasi - Agra. Arriving into Mughalsarai early this morning, we drive to Varanasi. Varanasi or the city of Shiva, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in India and it has an abundance of temples. In the afternoon we explore the sites of Varanasi on a city tour. Early the following morning we take a boat ride on the holy Ganges River to watch 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, we board the Marudhar Express train (2nd class A/C sleeper) to Agra.
Overnight: (1) Varanassi - (1) train  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 9-10

Agra - Kalka. An early morning arrival into Agra allows us chance to relax. In the afternoon we visit the impressive Agra Fort and the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols. Day 10 is a free morning or you can opt to re-visit the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon we travel to Delhi by road, arriving in time to board the Howrah Delhi Kalka Express train (1st class A/C sleeper) to Kalka.
Overnight: (1) Agra - (1) train  |  Breakfast x 1

Days 11-12

Kalka - Shimla - (breakfast day 12 only). Very early today, we transfer to the Kalka-Shimla Express (1st class, no A/C), arriving ino Shimla late morning. Picturesque 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. Spend your time at leisure in Shimla and be sure to explore the narrow streets which fall steeply away from the ridge to the colourful local bazaars.
Overnight: Shimla  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 13

Shimla - Delhi (Kalka). Leaving Shimla, we drive to Kalka to catch the afternoon, Shatabdi Express train (A/C chair car) bound for Delhi.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Welcome to India's bustling capital! This morning we 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  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Today our tour comes to an end after breakfast and a transfer to Delhi airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Travel in style

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.

Please contact us for further details and prices.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Pride Hotel, Kolkata
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Bright and modern, the Pride Hotel is one of Kolkata's best hotels. Guest rooms are well appointed with huge beds and stylish wooden furnishings. The swanky onsite Cafe Treat is the perfect place to relax with a coffee or dine until dawn with late night snacks. Wi-fi is avalable throughout and the hotel staff are renowned for their excellent hospitality. A morning splash in the pool is a great way to start the day! Well located with good access to the airport.

Elgin Hotel, Darjeeling
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The Elgin Hotel is a 125 year old well-preserved Victorian mansion, with tastefully furnished rooms. Once the summer residence of the Maharaja it is now a luxury hotel affording fantastic views of the surrounding tea plantations.

Wyndham Grand, Agra
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Wyndham is inspired by the intricacy of Mughal architecture with splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains and ancient interiors that take you back to an era of emperors and princes but with modern facilities.

Clarkes Hotel, Shimla
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The Oberoi Clarkes is a charming hotel situated on the main promenade in Shimla. This heritage hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Shimla and is known for its architecture dating from the colonial era.

Hans Plaza, Delhi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stylish Hans Plaza hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Delhi with rooms on the upper floors giving fantastic views across the city. The rooms are spacious, clean and tastefully designed. The hotel has an excellent breakfast daily and offers guests fine Italian dining at the stylish and cool in house restaurant. The hotel is a home from home in the heart of the city with Connaught Square just a short walk away and the Barakhamba Road Metro Station around the corner.

Trip Highlights

Cultural Kolkata - Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Jain Temple, Howrah flower market, Hooghly River
Holy Varanasi and sunrise on the Ganges
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory
Old and New Delhi - the magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
Lofty Darjeeling - Himalayan vistas and tea plantations
Agra - the beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
Shimla scenic hill station with Himalayan backdrop

Included

6 different train journeys
10 nights 4 star hotels & heritage properties, plus 4 nights overnight train journeys
Visit to a Tea Estate - Darjeeling
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 15
Local English speaking guides for scheduled sightseeing. Fully escorted by a tour guide for groups of 6 or more
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners - Darjeeling
Excursion to Tiger Hill - Darjeeling
Sunrise boat cruise on the holy Ganges - Varanasi
Touring of Kolkata, Darjeeling, Varanasi, Agra and Delhi
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $80-90 USD
Tip for your guide - we recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $520
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This tour is also available on a private basis.

Tour Details
Starts
Kolkata
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star & heritage properties
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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