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Northern India & Rajasthan to Goa by Rail
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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.

  • Duration: 20 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 145312
  • Starts: Delhi, India
  • Finishes: Goa, India
You will Visit
  • Delhi
  • Goa

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Women on Wheels Transfer
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Delhi/Amritsar (1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Guided Walking Tour with New Delhi Streetkids Project

Transport:
Train cars offer rows of 3 and 3 reclining seats for the evening ride.
Train (6.00 hour(s))

03

Day 3: Amritsar

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.

Included Activities:
Golden Temple Visit
Wagah Border Ceremony

04

Day 4: Amritsar/Dharamshala

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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Dharamshala

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.

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Day 6: Dharamshala/Shimla

Enjoy a long drive to the charming town of Shimla, high in the beautiful Himalayas.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Shimla

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.

Included Activities:
The Ridge and The Mall Orientation Walk

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Day 8: Shimla/Delhi (1D)

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.

Transport:
Toy train (3.00 hour(s))
Train (4.00 hour(s))

09

Day 9: Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

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Day 10: 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)

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Day 11: Āgra/Jaipur

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

Transport:
Train (4.00-4.50 hours)

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Day 12: 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

13

Day 13: Jaipur

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

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds)

14

Day 14: 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

15

Day 15: 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.

16

Day 16: 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))

17

Day 17: 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))

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Day 18: 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

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Day 19: 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

20

Day 20: Goa

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project
    • G Adventures-supported Delhi Streetkids walk
    • Golden Temple visit and evening Wagah border ceremony (Amritsar)
    • McLeod Ganj orientation walk
    • Bhagsunag 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 (17 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)
    • 1 breakfast, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), Shatabdi Express train, toy train, private van, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony
  • See a different side of Delhi with a former street kid-led walking tour
  • Wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Indulge in laid back beach time in Goa.