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Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail
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From Jan 19

Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus — but you’re not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way — by train. Over two weeks, you’ll 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. There’ll be plenty of palaces and forts to spot both on the train and off, and you’ll 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 that’ll stay with you for a long time.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHDR.B/226839
  • Starts: Calcutta, India
  • Finishes: Delhi, India
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Calcutta
  • Jalpāiguri
  • Darjeeling
  • Gangtok
  • Kalimpong
  • New Jalpaiguri
  • Mughal Sarāi
  • Varanasi
  • Lucknow
  • Delhi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Calcutta

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Calcutta/Jalpāiguri

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.

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Day 3: Jalpāiguri/Darjeeling

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.
Famous for the black tea grown amongst the tea plantations, enjoy the scenic views of Darjeeling. Set upon the foothills of the Himalayas, expect the climate to be much different from the plains.

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Day 4: 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.

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Day 5: Darjeeling/Gangtok

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.

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Day 6: Gangtok

Start the day with an orientation walk, then enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town.

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Day 7: Gangtok/Kalimpong

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.

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Day 8: Darjeeling to Varanasi

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.

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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 and watch the prayer sessions.

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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. 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.

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Day 13: Delhi

Depart at any time.
With extra time, you can book our 'Agra Independent Adventure' including accommodation, transport, and a guided visit to India's most famous sight, the Taj Mahal.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Victoria Memorial visit
    • Visit Mother Teresa's House
    • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
    • Tea estate visit (Darjeeling)
    • Mahakal Temple visit
    • Peace Pagoda visit
    • Toy train ride (Darjeeling)
    • Local lunch (Darjeeling)
    • Rumtek Monastery day trip
    • Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
    • Evening ghats visit (Varanasi)
    • Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
    • Bara Imambara visit
    • Orientation walks in Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), sleeper train (2 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    Transport
    • 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.