Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail
13 days
From $ 1104
Duration13 days

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.

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  • Duration: 13 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Physical Grading: Average
  • Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Kolkata
Arrive at any time.
Day 2: Kolkata/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.
Day 3: Jalpāiguri/Darjeeling
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.
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.
Day 4: 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.
Day 5: Gangtok
Start the day with an orientation walk, then enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town.
Day 6: 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.
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. Please note that occasionally the cooking demonstration may be moved to Varanasi to better suit the day's schedule. Lunch at a local family-run restaurant, including a cooking demonstration.
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Day 8: Kalimpong to New Jalpaiguri
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.
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.
Day 10: Varanasi
Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi.
Day 11: Varanasi/Lucknow
Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara.
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. Enjoy dinner on board the train.
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Day 13: Delhi
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.
Depart at any time.



  • Victoria Memorial visit
  • Visit Mother Teresa's House
  • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
  • Tea estate visit
  • Mahakal Temple visit
  • Peace Pagoda visit
  • Toy train ride
  • Local lunch
  • Rumtek Monastery day trip
  • Deolo Hill visit
  • Evening ghats visit
  • 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
  • Transport

    Train (seats), Train (beds), Toy train, Private van, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), Sleeper train (2 nts)

Dates & availability: Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail

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Departing Mon, 09/02/2019 Finishing Sat, 09/14/2019 Catalog Price $ 1299 Sale Price $ 1104 14 Book
Departing Mon, 09/09/2019 Finishing Sat, 09/21/2019 Catalog Price $ 1299 Sale Price $ 1104 13 Book
Departing Mon, 09/23/2019 Finishing Sat, 10/05/2019 Catalog Price $ 1299 Sale Price $ 1299 15 Book
Departing Thu, 10/10/2019 Finishing Tue, 10/22/2019 Catalog Price $ 1399 Sale Price $ 1399 15 Book
Departing Thu, 10/17/2019 Finishing Tue, 10/29/2019 Catalog Price $ 1399 Sale Price $ 1399 12 Book
Departing Mon, 10/21/2019 Finishing Sat, 11/02/2019 Catalog Price $ 1399 Sale Price $ 1399 9 Book
Departing Mon, 11/04/2019 Finishing Sat, 11/16/2019 Catalog Price $ 1499 Sale Price $ 1499 11 Book
Departing Thu, 11/14/2019 Finishing Tue, 11/26/2019 Catalog Price $ 1499 Sale Price $ 1499 3 Book
Departing Mon, 11/25/2019 Finishing Sat, 12/07/2019 Catalog Price $ 1499 Sale Price $ 1499 15 Book
Departing Thu, 12/12/2019 Finishing Tue, 12/24/2019 Catalog Price $ 1499 Sale Price $ 1499 9 Book

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