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Northern India by Rail

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9 Days

What's included

Food
Meals
1 breakfast, 1 dinner
Transport
Transport
Shatabdi Express train, public bus, toy train from Shimla, private van, walking.
Accomodation
Accommodation
Hotels (8 nts).
Staff
Staff
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

You will visit

Delhi

Trip Comfort

Budget

Age requirement

12 to 100 years old
For something a little more off the beaten path, take the train right to the heart of India’s colourful culture for a different look at this dynamic country’s northern region. Experiences like the India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony and Dalai Lama sights in Dharamsala get you in touch with the spiritual side of India, while the toy trains in Shimla are always a delight. Riding the rails back to Delhi gives you the chance to see many of India’s well-known highlights, and we even include a walking tour led by former at-risk youth through a G Adventures-supported initiative. You’ve never experienced India quite like this.
Northern India by Rail
Starts
Delhi
Atoms/Icons/Backpacker
9 Days
Ends
Delhi

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included through the G Adventures-supported Women With Wheels project.
  • Take the morning Shatabdi Express to Amritsar and enjoy breakfast on board. In the afternoon, drive to the India-Pakistan border and witness the border ceremony performed by both nations border guards. Later in the evening visit the grounds surrounding the Golden Temple and take an orientation walk of Amritsar.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • In the morning visit and explore the Golden Temple and learn about the community service principles of the Sikh Religion. Later, embark on a scenic drive to Dharamshala and take an orientation walk in the evening.
  • Enjoy free time to explore Dharamsala. Visit the Main Temple and current residence of Dalai Lama or take a tour of the Norbulingka institute dedicated to preserving the Tibetan culture. Feeling more adventurous? Choose to embark on a short hike to Bhagsunag.
  • Explore the town of Mandi. Walk around Rewalsar Lake, a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists. Renowned for its ancient stone temples with fine carvings, Mandi is also known as the "Varanasi of the Hills".
  • Embark onto the next destination, Shimla, the capital of Himachal province. This was once the British summer capital during the Raj Era. View the colonial era architecture still prominent throughout this city.
  • 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.
  • Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Switch to the Shatabdi Express for the rest of the journey back to Delhi, with dinner included on board.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Depart at any time.
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