Ultimate India by Rail
46 days from Delhi to Delhi
From $ 5249
Duration46 days

On this six-week trip that circles India via train, you’ll start in Delhi, travelling to Agra for a tour of the legendary Taj Mahal, then head southwest by rail to make stops in Rajasthan, Mumbai, and Goa. From there it’s on to Karnataka, Kochi, and living like a local in the Kerala Backwaters before going south, east, and north to view spectacular temples and ride the famous toy trains of Darjeeling. Top this epic journey off with local meals in family homes, wandering the beautiful streets of Jaipur and Udaipur, and relaxing on beaches along the way. India looks very different through a train’s window — see it all for yourself.

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  • Duration: 46 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Delhi
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Delhi
    Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Delhi

Start place: Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.

End place: Delhi

Day 2: 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 3: Āgra/Jaipur
Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.

End place: Jaipur

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Goa
Spend the day relaxing in paradise.
Day 13: 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.
Day 14: Goa/Hampi
Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka.

End place: Hampi

Day 15: Hampi/Mysore

Start place: Hampi

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

End place: Mysore

Day 16: Mysore

Start place: Mysore

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

End place: Mysore

Day 17: Mysore/Madikeri

Start place: Mysore

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.

End place: Madikeri

Day 18: Madikeri

Start place: Madikeri

Explore Madikeri (the coffee hub of India) and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. Later, enjoy an orientation walk around the town and then enjoy free time to explore in the afternoon.

End place: Madikeri

Day 19: Madikeri/Kochi

Start place: Madikeri

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

End place: Fort Kochi

Day 20: Kochi

Start place: Fort 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.

End place: Fort Kochi

Day 21: Kochi

Start place: Fort Kochi

Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.

End place: Fort Kochi

Day 22: Kochi/Alleppey

Start place: Fort Kochi

This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay.
Take the early train to Alleppey to explore the Kerala backwaters. Walk in the paddy fields and take a canoe ride through the canals the region is famous for. Dinner at a local homestay.

End place: Alleppey

Meals: D
Day 23: Alleppey/Kanyakumari

Start place: Alleppey

Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.

End place: Kanniyakumari

Meals: B
Day 24: Kanyakumari/Madurai

Start place: Kanniyakumari

Spend the day in Kanyakumari. Drive to the southernmost tip of India and take a ferry across to Vivekananda Rock and the Ramkrishna Ashram. Take an evening Kanyakumari Express train to Madurai.

End place: Madurai

Day 25: Madurai

Start place: Madurai

Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai.

End place: Madurai

Day 26: Madurai/Māmallapuram

Start place: Madurai

Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram.
Day 27: Māmallapuram
Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.
Day 28: Māmallapuram/Chennai
Accommodation on the train tonight will be either in two tier or three tier bunks.
Drive to Chennai and explore Marina Beach and San Thome Basilica. Later, board an overnight train to Hyderabad.

End place: Chennai

Day 29: Hyderabad

Start place: Hyderabad

Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort.

End place: Hyderabad

Day 30: Hyderabad/Puri

Start place: Hyderabad

Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time.
Enjoy a free morning to continue exploring this state capital before catching an evening flight to Bhubaneshwar. Continue by van to reach Puri.

End place: Puri

Day 31: Puri

Start place: Puri

Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.

End place: Puri

Day 32: Puri/Kolkata

Start place: Puri

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Kolkata, with lunch provided on board. Arrive in the afternoon and take an orientation walk with the CEO. Enjoy lunch on board.

End place: Kolkata

Meals: L
Day 33: Kolkata

Start place: Kolkata

Explore the vintage monuments and streets of this former capital of the British Era, also visit Missionaries' of Charity the noble peace prize winner, Mother Teresa’s house and final resting place.. Opt to take a ferry ride across the Hooghly River. Opt to join the group for dinner at one of the famed restaurants on Park Street for the final night out.

End place: Kolkata

Day 34: Kolkata

Start place: Kolkata

Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.

End place: Kolkata

Day 35: Kolkata/Jalpāiguri

Start place: Kolkata

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 36: 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.

End place: Darjiling

Day 37: Darjeeling/Gangtok

Start place: Darjiling

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.

End place: Gangtok

Day 38: Gangtok

Start place: Gangtok

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

End place: Gangtok

Day 39: Gangtok/Kalimpong

Start place: Gangtok

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.

End place: Kalimpong

Day 40: Darjeeling

Start place: Darjiling

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.

End place: Darjiling

Meals: L
Day 41: Darjeeling to Varanasi

Start place: Kalimpong

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.

End place: New Jalpaiguri

Day 42: Mughal Sarāi/Varanasi

Start place: Mughal Chak

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.

End place: Varanasi

Day 43: Varanasi

Start place: Varanasi

Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi.

End place: Varanasi

Day 44: Varanasi/Lucknow

Start place: Varanasi

Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara.

End place: Lucknow

Day 45: Lucknow/Delhi

Start place: Lucknow

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.

End place: Delhi

Meals: D
Day 46: Delhi

Start place: 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.

End place: Delhi

Inclusions

Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • 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
  • Backwaters canal ride
  • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit (Kanyakumari)
  • Meenakshi Temple visit (Madurai)
  • Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach
  • Charminar and Golconda Fort visit (Hyderabad)
  • Jagannath Temple visit (Puri)
  • Raghuraj Pur village visit
  • Kolkata city tour
  • 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
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

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

    Hotels/guesthouses (39 nts), Sleeper trains (5 nts), Homestay (1 nt)
  • Meals

    2 breakfasts,
    2 lunches,
    3 dinners

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