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Kolkata to Goa by Rail

Kolkata to Goa by Rail
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24 Days

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

What's included

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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.
Kolkata to Goa by Rail
Starts
Kolkata
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24 Days
Ends
Goa

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time.
  • Visit the Victoria Memorial and explore Mother Teresa's House. Enjoy free time later and opt to explore the Indian Museum. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Start the day with an orientation walk, then enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town.
  • Continue by private vehicle to Kalimpong. Stop along the way at Rumtek Monastery. Embark on an orientation walk of the town of Kalimpong then enjoy the rest of the day to explore at leisure.
  • 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.
  • Arrive to Mughal Sarai in the morning and continue by van to Varanasi. Enjoy an evening visit to the ghats and watch the prayer sessions.
  • Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi.
  • Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara.
  • Spend most of the day exploring Lucknow. Opt to explore The Residency and be immersed in colonial era history. In the afternoon, board the Swarna Shatabdi Express train to Delhi, with dinner provided on board. Enjoy the night in the bustle of Delhi.
    Meals: DINNER
  • 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.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
  • Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.
    Meals: DINNER
  • 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.
  • Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
  • Enjoy a free day in Goa.
  • Depart at any time.