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Kolkata to Goa by Rail

This trip is a cornerstone of our Rail offerings, and for good reason. Hop aboard and get just as much of an Indian education and adventure as you would with a traditional tour, but with a unique look at the country via rail. From touring the Taj Mahal to enjoying a local lunch in Kalimpong to visiting the seaside town of Goa, this train trip hits many of Indias highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings. If you need an escape from the everyday, India is the perfect destination. Come aboard and explore it.


Duration: 24 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145308
Starts: Kolkata, India Finishes: Goa, India
You will Visit
  • Kolkata
  • Goa

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Kolkata

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Kolkata/Jalpāiguri

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))

03

Day 3: Jalpāiguri/Kalimpong, Крукети

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 (2.00 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Kalimpong, Крукети/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))

05

Day 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)

06

Day 6: 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)

07

Day 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:
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

08

Day 8: Darjeeling/Mughal Sarāi

Drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai.

Transport:
Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided.
Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Mughal Sarāi/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))

10

Day 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

11

Day 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))

12

Day 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))

13

Day 13: Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

14

Day 14: Delhi/Āgra (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)

15

Day 15: Āgra/Jaipur

Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.

Transport:
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)

16

Day 16: 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

17

Day 17: Jaipur

Enjoy free time to explore Jaipur before boarding an overnight train to Udaipur.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds)

18

Day 18: 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

19

Day 19: 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.

20

Day 20: Udaipur/Būndi

Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.

Included Activities:
Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit

Transport:
Train (4.50 hour(s))

21

Day 21: Būndi (1D)

Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.

Transport:
Train (1.00 hour(s))
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

22

Day 22: 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

23

Day 23: 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

24

Day 24: Goa

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Victoria Memorial visit
    • Ganges ferry ride
    • Manual Dham Temple visit (Kalimpong)
    • Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
    • Gangtok orientation tour
    • Rumtek Monastery day trip
    • Darjeeling orientation tour
    • Local lunch
    • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
    • Tea estate visit
    • Mahakal Temple visit
    • Peace Pagoda visit
    • Toy Train to Kurseong
    • Evening ghats visit (Varanasi)
    • Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
    • Sarnath visit
    • Lucknow orientation tour
    • Bara Imambara visit
    • Taj Mahal visit (Agra)
    • Agra Fort visit
    • Jaipur orientation walk
    • Amber Fort visit
    • Udaipur orientation walk
    • Jagdish Temple and City Palace visit
    • Rajasthani cultural show
    • Bundi Fort and stepwells visit
    • Colaba area walking tour (Mumbai)
    • Gateway of India visit
    • Beach time in Goa
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (19 nts), sleeper train (4 nt)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), toy train, private van, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Ride a toy train in Darjeeling
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Savour the cuisine of seaside Goa.