Hop aboard for a different look at this dynamic countrys northern region before turning south ending up at the ever-popular coastal town of Goa. On this trip, youll explore the temples, shrines and tombs including the legendary Taj Mahal while absorbing the rich culture and vibrant daily life of this exciting country. Experiences like the India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony and Dalai Lama sights in Dharamsala get you in touch with the spiritual side of India. The colours of Rajasthan, bustle of Mumbai and beaches of Goa will stay with you long after you catch that flight home.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a city tour by former streetkids, a G Adventures-supported project. This tour is a unique way for travellers to engage in the lives of these young adults and the guiding provides an opportunity for them to improve their language and communication skills.
In the afternoon catch the Shatabdi Express to Amritsar.
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project
Train cars offer rows of 3 and 3 reclining seats for the evening ride.
Train (6.00 hour(s))
Amritsar, meaning "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality," is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh Religion. Learn more about Sikhs on our visit to Harimandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the most sacred shrine in Sikhism.
As Amritsar sits right on the Pakistan-India border, we offer an optional trip to the border post to watch the formal flag ceremony, which is sure to be one of the highlights of the trip.
Golden Temple Visit
Wagah Border Ceremony
Travel along Himalayan mountain roads to the famous seat of the Tibetan government in exile, Dharamsala (literally "Rest House").
Opt to visit Norbulingka. Set amidst beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley, the Norbulingka Institute stands against a backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayan range.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
There are lots of ways to spend free time in this charming place. Visit the Kangra Art Museum in the Kotwali bazaar, or take in a performance of the Tibetan folk opera 'Lhamo' at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.
Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the beautiful Himalayas.
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a CEO-led orientation walk on The Ridge and The Mall (local hangouts) and explore this summer capital of British India. Opt to visit the Viceregal Lodge or admire the neo-Gothic or Tudorbethan architecture of the heritage buildings.
The Ridge and The Mall Orientation Walk
Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Over the course of 3 hrs, the train winds through tunnels as you head out of the mountains of Shimla.
Toy train (3.00 hour(s))
Train (4.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free day in Delhi.
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.
Taj Mahal Guided Tour
Agra Fort Guided Tour
Train (2.00-3.00 hours)
Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)
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.
Amber Fort Visit
Enjoy free time to explore Jaipur before boarding an overnight train to Udaipur.
Basic overnight train (beds)
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.
Jagdish Temple Visit
City Palace Visit
Rajasthani Cultural Show
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.
Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit
Train (4.50 hour(s))
Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.
Train (1.00 hour(s))
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
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.
Colaba Walking Tour
Gateway of India Visit
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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Trip Name: Northern India & Rajasthan to Goa by Rail
Duration: 20 Days
From Price: 1759
Trip Code: 145312
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