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Kolkata to Kochi by Rail

India is the perfect destination if youre looking to do some long-term travelling that will stay in your memory for years so why not skip the backpacking and get on board a train? This 33-day trip allows you to travel like an India native by taking the train from northeast to southwest, spotting innumerable beautiful sights along the way. From experiencing remote villages of Darjeeling and touring the Taj Mahal to absorbing the colours of Rajasthan and visiting the ruins of Karnataka, this train trip hits some of Indias highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings.

  • Duration: 33 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AHHR/145309
  • Starts: Kolkata, India
  • Finishes: Kochi, India
You will Visit
  • Kolkata
  • Kochi

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/Mughal Sarāi

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

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

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Day 14: Delhi/Āgra

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.

15

Day 15: Āgra/Jaipur

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

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Day 16: 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.

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Day 17: Jaipur

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

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Day 18: 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.

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Day 19: Udaipur

Enjoy a free day in 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.

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Day 20: Udaipur/Būndi

Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.

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Day 21: Būndi

Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.

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Day 22: 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.

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Day 23: Mumbai/Goa

Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
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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Day 24: Goa

Enjoy a free day in Goa.

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Day 25: Goa

Spend a free day relaxing on the beach or 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. Don't forget to indulge in Goan cuisine.

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Day 26: Goa/Hampi

Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka.

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Day 27: Hampi/Mysore

Enjoy a walking tour and explore the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Hazararama Temple, and the boulders on the river. In the evening, take an overnight Hampi Express train to Mysore.

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Day 28: Mysore

Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill.

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Day 29: Mysore/Madikeri

Drive to Bylakuppe and explore the Namdroling Monastery - home to nearly 5,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns. Later drive to Madikeri for the evening.

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Day 30: Madikeri

Explore Madikeri (the coffee hub of India) and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. Visit the Madikeri Fort and the famed Raja's Seat for its stunning views.

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Day 31: Madikeri/Kochi

Take a morning drive to the coastal town of Kannur. Catch the Ernakulam Express to Kochi in the afternoon.

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Day 32: Kochi

Explore the Fort Kochi area and see the Chinese fishing nets at work. If time permits, visit the Jewish area and synagogue, the Dutch Palace, and Spice Market.

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Day 33: Kochi

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Victoria Memorial visit
    • Ganges ferry ride
    • Mangal Dham Temple 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
    • 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
    • Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi (Karnataka)
    • Hazararama Temple visit
    • Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits (Mysore)
    • Namdroling Monastery visit
    • Coffee plantation tour (Madikeri)
    • Madikeri Fort and Raja's Seat visit
    • Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (27 nts), sleeper train (5 nts)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train (seats), train (beds), toy train, private van, walking, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Ride a toy train in Darjeeling
  • Get spiritual in Varanasi
  • Marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Wander the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Explore the breathtaking ruins of the Karnataka region in Hampi.