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Kolkata to Goa by Rail
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From Jan 19

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 India’s 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
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHGR.B/226841
  • Starts: Calcutta, India
  • Finishes: Goa, India
You will Visit
  • Calcutta
  • Jalpāiguri
  • Darjeeling
  • Gangtok
  • Kalimpong
  • New Jalpaiguri
  • Mughal Sarāi
  • Varanasi
  • Lucknow
  • Delhi
  • Āgra
  • Jaipur
  • Udaipur
  • Būndi
  • Mumbai
  • Goa

Itinerary

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Day 1: Calcutta

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Calcutta/Jalpāiguri

Visit the Victoria Memorial, New Market and explore Mother Teresa's House. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.

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Day 3: Jalpāiguri/Darjeeling

Arrive at New Jalpaiguri and continue onwards by van to Darjeeling. Take an orientation tour of the town before enjoying free time with the rest of the evening.
Famous for the black tea grown amongst the tea plantations, enjoy the scenic views of Darjeeling. Set upon the foothills of the Himalayas, expect the climate to be much different from the plains.

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Day 4: Darjeeling

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.

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Day 5: Darjeeling/Gangtok

Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. Take in the stunning scenery of the Himalayas surrounding this quaint town.

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Day 6: Gangtok

Enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery and take the rest of the day to explore this scenic town.

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Day 7: Gangtok/Kalimpong

Continue by private vehicle to Kalimpong and embark on an orientation walk of the town. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore at leisure.

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Day 8: Darjeeling to Varanasi

Drive to New Jalpaiguri Station with a stop en route at Deolo Hills to take in views of the mountainous scenery. Catch the overnight train to Varanasi.

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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.

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Day 10: Varanasi

Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi.

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Day 11: Varanasi/Lucknow

Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara.

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Day 12: Lucknow/Delhi

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.

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Day 13: Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

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Day 14: Delhi/Āgra

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.

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Day 15: Āgra/Jaipur

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

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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.

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Day 17: Jaipur/Udaipur

In the morning board a train and soak in the passing scenery en route to Udaipur. Arrive in the evening with free time to explore the city.

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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.

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Day 19: Udaipur/Būndi

Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
There is no shortage of notable architecture in Bundi. From palaces to baoris, otherwise known as stepwell reservoirs, explore the many man-made marvels of Bundi.

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Day 20: Būndi/Mumbai

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

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Day 21: 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.

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Day 22: Mumbai/Goa

Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
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.

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Day 23: Goa

Enjoy a free day in Goa.
With free time in Goa, opt to explore the city and learn about it's ancient Portuguese colony, visit a market, or relax on the beach.

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Day 24: Goa

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Victoria Memorial visit
    • Ganges ferry ride
    • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
    • Tea estate visit (Darjeeling)
    • Mahakal Temple visit
    • Peace Pagoda visit
    • Toy train ride (Darjeeling)
    • Local lunch (Darjeeling)
    • Rumtek Monastery day trip
    • Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
    • Evening ghats visit (Varanasi)
    • Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
    • Bara Imambara visit
    • Orientation walks in Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong
    • 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
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (20 nts), sleeper train (3 nts)
    • 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 along the Ganges on a ferry
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • View the sunrise from Tiger Hill
  • Learn to cook with a demo at local-family restaurant
  • Take a guided tour of Agra Fort and Taj Mahal
  • Walk around Jaipur’s Old City
  • Tour bustling Mumbai on foot
  • Kick-back on Goa’s beaches