Northern India & Rajasthan to Goa by Rail
20 days
From $ 2199
Duration20 days

Hop aboard for a different look at this dynamic country’s northern region before turning south and ending up at the ever-popular coastal town of Goa. Explore temples, shrines, and tombs — including the Taj Mahal — while absorbing the rich culture and vibrant daily life of this exciting country. Experience the India-Pakistan Wagah border ceremony and Dalai Lama sights in Dharamsala. The colours of Rajasthan, bustle of Mumbai, and beaches of Goa will stay with you long after you catch that flight home.

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  • Duration: 20 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Delhi
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ages: 12+
Northern India & Rajasthan to Goa by Rail - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Delhi

Start place: Delhi

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.

End place: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi/Amritsar

Start place: Delhi

Amritsar which literally translates as "his pool of nectar", is a flourishing city and religious centre in the state of Punjab. Important from a religious point of view to the Sikh religion, with many pilgrims coming to have a divine bath in the pool of nectar at the Golden Temple. Also an important political city where in 1947 the separation of India and Pakistan created a long white line known as the Wagah Border between the two neighbours.
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. Take the morning Shatabdi Express to Amritsar and enjoy breakfast on board. Dinner onboard the train.

End place: Amritsar

Meals: B, D
Day 3: Mandi/Shimla
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.

End place: Shimla

Day 4: Amritsar/Dharamshala

Start place: Amritsar

Travel along Himalayan mountain roads to the famous seat of the home of the Dalai Lama. "Dharamshala" translates to "a spiritual dwelling" or loosely, shelter or rest house for pilgrims and travellers. It is a beautiful former British hill station situated in the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh, in the foothills of the Dhauladar ranges. The city is divided into lower and upper Dharamshala according to the altitude. A popular pilgrimage site, the town is filled with temples, markets, galleries and gathering places.
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.

End place: Dharamsala

Day 5: Dharamshala

Start place: Dharamsala

There are lots of ways to spend free time in this charming place. Visit the Kangra Art Museum in the Kotwali bazaar, or take in a performance of the Tibetan folk opera 'Lhamo' at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Opt to visit Norbulingka. Set amidst beautiful gardens, surrounded by the green fields of the Kangra Valley, the Norbulingka Institute stands against a backdrop of the towering Dhauladhar mountains of the outer Himalayan range.
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.

End place: Dharamsala

Day 6: Dharamshala/Māndi

Start place: Dharamsala

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".
Day 7: Shimla

Start place: Shimla

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.

End place: Shimla

Day 8: Shimla/Delhi

Start place: Shimla

Take the World Heritage-listed toy train from Shimla to Kalka. Over the course of 3 hrs, the train winds through tunnels as you head out of the mountains of Shimla.
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. Enjoy dinner onboard the train.

End place: Delhi

Meals: D
Day 9: Delhi

Start place: Delhi

Enjoy a free day in Delhi.

End place: Delhi

Day 10: Delhi/Āgra

Start place: 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. Breakfast served on board the train.
Meals: B
Day 11: Āgra/Jaipur
Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.

End place: Jaipur

Day 12: Jaipur

Start place: 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.

End place: Jaipur

Day 13: Jaipur/Udaipur

Start place: Jaipur

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.

End place: Udaipur

Day 14: Udaipur

Start place: 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.

End place: Udaipur

Day 15: Goa
With free time in Goa, opt to explore the city and learn about it's ancient Portuguese colony, visit a market, or relax on the beach.
Enjoy a free day in Goa.
Day 16: Udaipur/Būndi

Start place: Udaipur

There is no shortage of notable architecture in Bundi. From palaces to baoris, otherwise known as stepwell reservoirs, explore the many man-made marvels of Bundi.
Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
Day 17: Būndi/Mumbai
Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board. Enjoy dinner on board the train.

End place: Mumbai

Meals: D
Day 18: Mumbai

Start place: 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.

End place: Mumbai

Day 19: Mumbai/Goa

Start place: Mumbai

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.
Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
Day 20: Goa
Depart at any time.

Inclusions

Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Golden Temple visit (Amritsar)
  • Wagah border ceremony
  • McLeod Ganj orientation walk
  • Dalai Lama temple visit
  • Bhagsunag visit
  • Rewalsar Lake orientation walk
  • Toy train ride (Shimla)
  • 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
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

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

    Hotels/guesthouses (18 nts), Sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Meals

    2 breakfasts,
    3 dinners

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