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Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail
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Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus – but you’re not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way – by train. Over two weeks, you’ll head north into Sikkim and Darjeeling via vans and local trains (including the famous toy trains in Darjeeling), giving you an up close and personal experience with authentic India. There’ll be plenty of palaces and forts to spot both on the train and off, and you’ll still get all the social elements of travelling with a group. Add in local meals and a large helping of culture, and this is a trip that’ll stay with you for a long time.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHDR/145306
  • Starts: Calcutta, India
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
You will Visit
  • Kolkata
  • Delhi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kolkata

Arrive at any time.

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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.

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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.

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Day 4: Kalimpong, Крукети/Gangtok

Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town.

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Day 5: Gangtok

Enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery.

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Day 6: Gangtok/Darjeeling

Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town.

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Day 7: 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 8: Darjeeling to Varanasi

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

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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

Depart at any time.
With extra time, you can book our 'Agra Extension' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Victoria Memorial visit
    • Ganges ferry ride
    • Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
    • Local lunch (Darjeeling)
    • Gangtok orientation tour
    • Rumtek Monastery day trip
    • Darjeeling orientation tour
    • 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
    • Lucknow orientation tour
    • Bara Imambara visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)
    • 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), toy train, private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Savour a local lunch in Darjeeling
  • Ride a World Heritage-listed toy train
  • Watch the sunrise on the Ganges
  • Experience the bustle of Delhi.