Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail
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Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus but youre not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way by train. Over two weeks, youll 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. Therell be plenty of palaces and forts to spot both on the train and off, and youll 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 thatll stay with you for a long time.

Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 145306
Starts: Kolkata, India Finishes: Delhi, India
You will visit
  • Kolkata
  • Delhi



Day 1: Kolkata

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


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.

Overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Jalpāiguri/Kalimpong, Крукети

Arrive at New Jalpaiguri and continue by van to Kalimpong. Explore the MacFarlane Memorial Church and take in views of the mountainous scenery with a stop at Deolo Hill.

Included Activities:
MacFarlane Memorial Church Visit
Deolo Hill Visit

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 4: Kalimpong, Крукети/Gangtok

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

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))


Day 5: Gangtok

Enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery.

Included Activities:
Rumtek Monastery Visit

Travel roughly 24km to the monastery and back.
Private Vehicle (24km)


Day 6: Gangtok/Darjeeling

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

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)


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

Toy train


Day 8: Darjeeling/Mughal Sarāi

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

Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy an air-conditioned train with linens provided.
Overnight train (beds) (14.00 hour(s))


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

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))


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


Day 11: Varanasi/Lucknow

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

Included Activities:
Bara Imambara Visit

Train (6.00 hour(s))


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.

Train (6.00 hour(s))


Day 13: Delhi

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.

    • Kolkata city tour
    • MacFarlane Memorial Church visit (Kalimpong)
    • Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
    • Local lunch with cooking demonstration
    • 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
    • Sarnath visit
    • Lucknow orientation tour
    • Bara Imambara visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 0 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    • 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.