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Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail

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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Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
13
Price From
$1,274
Start Location
Kolkata, India
End Location
Delhi, India
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Rail
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Expand all
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
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
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.
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.
Day 6 - Gangtok
Start the day with an orientation walk, then enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town.
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.
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.
Day 13 - Delhi
Depart at any time.
Inclusions Expand
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
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
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price AUD
05 Oct 2020 17 Oct 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
15 Oct 2020 27 Oct 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
22 Oct 2020 03 Nov 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
26 Oct 2020 07 Nov 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
05 Nov 2020 17 Nov 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
19 Nov 2020 01 Dec 2020 13 $1,470
03 Dec 2020 15 Dec 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
17 Dec 2020 29 Dec 2020 Fully Booked $1,274
07 Jan 2021 19 Jan 2021 14 $1,470
14 Jan 2021 26 Jan 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
28 Jan 2021 09 Feb 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
15 Feb 2021 27 Feb 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
22 Feb 2021 06 Mar 2021 13 $1,470
18 Mar 2021 30 Mar 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
29 Mar 2021 10 Apr 2021 12 $1,470
08 Apr 2021 20 Apr 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
29 Apr 2021 11 May 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
10 May 2021 22 May 2021 15 $1,376
27 May 2021 08 Jun 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
24 Jun 2021 06 Jul 2021 14 $1,274
13 Sep 2021 25 Sep 2021 14 $1,274
23 Sep 2021 05 Oct 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
04 Oct 2021 16 Oct 2021 15 $1,376
11 Oct 2021 23 Oct 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
25 Oct 2021 06 Nov 2021 12 $1,376
28 Oct 2021 09 Nov 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
15 Nov 2021 27 Nov 2021 15 $1,729
25 Nov 2021 07 Dec 2021 15 $1,729
09 Dec 2021 21 Dec 2021 Fully Booked $1,274
23 Dec 2021 04 Jan 2022 14 $1,729
06 Jan 2022 18 Jan 2022 15 $1,499
17 Jan 2022 29 Jan 2022 15 $1,499
14 Feb 2022 26 Feb 2022 15 $1,499
14 Mar 2022 26 Mar 2022 15 $1,499
04 Apr 2022 16 Apr 2022 15 $1,499
02 May 2022 14 May 2022 15 $1,499
06 Jun 2022 18 Jun 2022 15 $1,499
05 Sep 2022 17 Sep 2022 15 $1,499
17 Oct 2022 29 Oct 2022 15 $1,499
14 Nov 2022 26 Nov 2022 15 $1,499
12 Dec 2022 24 Dec 2022 15 $1,499