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  • Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony.
  • See Delhi on a walking tour led by a former at-risk youth.
  • Explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells.
  • Ride the toy trains of Shimla and Darjeeling.
The Indian Odyssey by Rail tour starts and ends in New Delhi. The Indian Odyssey by Rail is a Beaches tour that takes 54 days taking you through New Delhi, India and other destinations in India.

Travel like a local on this 54-day trip, exploring India by train from the northeast to the southwest. Skip the backpacking and let the train — and the innumerable beautiful sights — move you, from the Taj Mahal to the colours of Rajasthan to the ruins of Karnataka. This trip will hit some of the country’s highlights, with loads of time to hop off and get to know your surroundings in a way only a Rail tour allows. The trip won’t last forever, but the memories definitely will.
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Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through the G Adventures-supported Women on Wheels project.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metro Heights (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
  • Women on Wheels Transfer
    Many women in India are often marginalized, undeserved, and underprivileged. They have a more challenging time accessing resources such as education, and will be the first in their families to be pulled out of educational institutions when families resources' become limited. Many girls grow to be women that are dependent on their partners to provide income to their households, keeping them in the cycle of vulnerability to be dependent on others and not themselves. WoW provide them with independence.
Optional Activities
  • Kitchen with a Cause
    Hungry? Visit Delhi’s Kitchen with a Cause before or after your tour for a delicious meal that gives something back to the local community. It is more than a bustling restaurant – it’s a product of the G Values Fund* filled with mouth-watering action. Dishes are prepared by talented chefs who celebrate the deep, traditional flavours prevalent in Indian cuisine. The restaurant provides further career and training opportunities to young adults who are graduates from the G Adventures-supported City Walk project, an organization that aids local disadvantaged youth. Here, the cost of your meal gets you so much more than just a full stomach.

    Visit the Kitchen with a Cause at 15A/64, WEA, Kroi Bagh, Delhi, India.

    *The G Values Fund is a microloan program instituted by G Adventures that helps former Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) establish self-sustaining businesses.
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.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Dee Intercontinental (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Wagah Border Ceremony
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Every evening, hundreds of people gather to watch the famous parade and the ceremonial lowering of their national flags by the Indian and Pakistani armies at sunset. Witness this event in the stands and cheer on as the two countries showcase their cooperation.
  • Golden Temple Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    Five minutes walk from the Golden temple is Jallianwalla Bagh also known as the site of the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, one of the defining events of India’s struggle for freedom from British rule. Powerfully depicted in the movie Gandhi, it was here on April 13, 1919, that British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. Official sources place the casualties at 379, but private sources put the number at over 1000 with more than 1200 wounded, and Civil Surgeon Dr Smith indicated that they were over 1800.

    Traditional handcrafted leather flat shoes, Amritsari Jootis, for men and women are available near the Golden Temple.
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
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.
Accommodation
  • Harmony Blue Dharamshala (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Golden Temple Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    Five minutes walk from the Golden temple is Jallianwalla Bagh also known as the site of the Amritsar Massacre of 1919, one of the defining events of India’s struggle for freedom from British rule. Powerfully depicted in the movie Gandhi, it was here on April 13, 1919, that British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children. Official sources place the casualties at 379, but private sources put the number at over 1000 with more than 1200 wounded, and Civil Surgeon Dr Smith indicated that they were over 1800.

    Traditional handcrafted leather flat shoes, Amritsari Jootis, for men and women are available near the Golden Temple.
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 6.0 hr - 7.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
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.
Accommodation
  • Harmony Blue Dharamshala (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Dalai Lama Temple
    The Dalai Lama Temple Complex (also known as Tsuglakhang Temple) is a beautiful and peaceful place located in Upper Dharamshala. Decorated with the colourful prayer flags, prayer wheels and art works, it's perfect for long serene walks, reflection or meditation with chanting monks.
Optional Activities
  • Norbulingka Institute Visit
    Explore a treasure trove of Tibetan culture in exile at the Norbulingka Institute. Many books, precious statues, and monasteries in Tibet were destroyed following the Chinese invasion in 1950, making the Norbulingka Institute one of the best places to learn about Tibetan culture and art anywhere in the world.
  • Kangra Art Museum Visit
    This hidden gem of a museum in Kotwali bazaar boasts a collection of artifacts dating back to 5th century, which display the rich past of the Kangra Valley. It includes a gallery of Kangra's famous miniature paintings, sculptures, pottery, and anthropological items.
  • Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts Show
    Take in a performance of "Lhamo," a colourful and unique folk opera from Tibet, at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. It's well worth it.
  • Bhagsunath Temple Excursion
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".
Accommodation
  • Hotel Valley View (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Rewalsar Lake Orientation Walk
    Take a CEO-led walk around Rewalsar Lake, a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Distance : 127 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Accommodation
  • Harmony Purple Shimla (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 163 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Accommodation
  • Harmony Purple Shimla (or similar)
Included Activity
  • The Ridge and The Mall Orientation Walk
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Every orientation walk will take a slightly different route to allow our CEOs to show off their favourite spots in this cool, comfortable, and charming town. Visit the Ridge and the Mall neighbourhoods and learn about everyday life in Shimla.
Optional Activities
  • Viceregal Lodge (Rashtrapati Niwas) Visit
    Enjoy a visit to this former residence of the British Viceroy of India and learn about the reign of the British Raj in India. The Viceregal Lodge houses a collection of articles and photographs dating back to the time of British rule.
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.
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.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metro Heights (or similar)
Transport
  • Toy train
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Climb aboard and grab a seat aboard this charming narrow-gauge train.
  • Train
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy a free day in Delhi.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metro Heights (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
  • Kitchen with a Cause
    Hungry? Visit Delhi’s Kitchen with a Cause before or after your tour for a delicious meal that gives something back to the local community. It is more than a bustling restaurant – it’s a product of the G Values Fund* filled with mouth-watering action. Dishes are prepared by talented chefs who celebrate the deep, traditional flavours prevalent in Indian cuisine. The restaurant provides further career and training opportunities to young adults who are graduates from the G Adventures-supported City Walk project, an organization that aids local disadvantaged youth. Here, the cost of your meal gets you so much more than just a full stomach.

    Visit the Kitchen with a Cause at 15A/64, WEA, Kroi Bagh, Delhi, India.

    *The G Values Fund is a microloan program instituted by G Adventures that helps former Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) establish self-sustaining businesses.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Athithi (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Taj Mahal Guided Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Here's one to cross off your bucket list; a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Take a guided tour of India's most famous landmark and an icon of Mughal architecture. Built by the emperor Shah Jehan as a testament of his love to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this stunning white marble structure draws visitors from all over the world.
  • Agra Fort Guided Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Enjoy a guided tour of this palatial Mughal fort made of red sandstone and white marble. One of the most important battles of the Indian rebellion of 1857 happened at this fort, which caused the end of the British East India Company's rule in India.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Baby Taj Visit
    Visit this mausoleum that looks like a jewel box, built before the Taj Mahal by Queen Nur Jahan for her father. Enjoy the intricate details of the structure; it was the first Mughal building faced with white marble and where "pietra dura" (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used.
Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 4.0 hr - 4.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
Accommodation
  • Bissau Palace (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Head to the markets of this "Pink City," the capital of Rajasthan, and one of the most important heritage cities in India on this CEO-led orientation walk.
  • Amber Fort Visit
    Enjoy the Hindu and Muslim architecture of the beautiful Amber Fort.
Optional Activities
  • Jantar Mantar Visit
    Visit the Jantar Mantar observatory to see how people looked at the stars and planets in ancient India. Explore the collection of astronomical instruments housed there, some dating back to 1727.
  • Raj Mandir Cinema and Movie
    Visit this spectacular cinema and watch a song-and-dance Bollywood film.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Treebo Jhalamaan (or similar)
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 7.5 hr - 8.0 hr
    Distance : 430 km
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Treebo Jhalamaan (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk
    Go on a guided orientation walk and get to know local markets and key places.
  • Jagdish Temple Visit
    Visit the intricately-carved Jagdish Temple, which pays homage to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Make sure to take a peek at the black stoned image of Vishnu that's housed inside the shrine.
  • City Palace Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Visit Rajasthan's largest palace to get a sense of how royalty lived. Take in the view from one of its many intricately-decorated balconies, with one side facing the stunning Lake Palace.
  • Rajasthani Cultural Show
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    Enjoy an evening cultural show that includes traditional music and dancing from the state of Rajasthan.
Optional Activities
  • Monsoon Palace Visit
    Any taxi or tuk tuk driver will take you to the Monsoon Palace. Don't forget to arrange a pick-up time for your return trip. Buy your ticket to the Monsoon Palace at the bottom of the hill, where you will need to transfer over to a 4x4 vehicle to reach the top. Consider visiting at sunset.
  • Udaipur Cooking School
    This your chance to learn from the locals how to make authentic Rajasthani dishes. Start the class with a warming cup of masala chai as your hosts introduce you to the range of ingredients and spices that will formulate your lunch menu. Watch as they demonstrate how to make rice, curries, and chapatis or opt to get hands-on and join them in cooking up these tasty dishes. Tuck in and enjoy your creations for lunch.
Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
Opt for a sunrise bicycle tour of Udaipur before the train to Bundi this afternoon.

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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Ishwari Niwas (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Bundi Fort and Stepwells Visit
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Bundi is well-known for its ornate forts and stepwells. The fort was constructed in AD 1354 and overlooks the city, making it a popular lookout point for visitors. The stepwell here is intricately carved and over 45m (148ft) deep. Built in 1699, it is one of the largest stepwells in Rajasthan.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 4.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour
Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.
Meal
  • Dinner
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 12.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Supreme (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Colaba Walking Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 3 km
    Walk through the charming Colaba neighbourhood of Mumbai, visiting some highlights along the way. Enjoy the architecturally splendid Gateway of India, magnificent colonial buildings, charming cafes, and high-end boutiques.
  • Gateway of India Visit
    Enjoy a visit architecturally splendid arch, popular with tourists from India and around the world, was built during the British rule and offers amazing views of the Arabian Sea, with boats bobbing in the water close to it.
Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
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.
Accommodation
  • Jasmin by Mango (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Optional Activities
  • Old Goa Visit
    Explore the rich history and impressive architecture of Old Goa, the former colonial capital of the state. The convents and churches are stunning, and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the relics of St Francis Xavier.
  • Panjim Visit
    Walk through the Latin Quarter or by the river of this charming capital city. Take a short boat ride, visit a casino, or just relax and take in the chilled out vibe. Don't forget to eat some delicious Goan food, but watch out -- it can be spicy.
  • Goa Beach Visit
    Relax on some soft, white sand -- Goa's beaches are famous the world over for good reason. Hydrate with a smoothie or fresh coconut water.
Enjoy a free day in 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.
Accommodation
  • Jasmin by Mango (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Goa Beach Visit
    Relax on some soft, white sand -- Goa's beaches are famous the world over for good reason. Hydrate with a smoothie or fresh coconut water.
  • Old Goa Visit
    Explore the rich history and impressive architecture of Old Goa, the former colonial capital of the state. The convents and churches are stunning, and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the relics of St Francis Xavier.
  • Panjim Visit
    Walk through the Latin Quarter or by the river of this charming capital city. Take a short boat ride, visit a casino, or just relax and take in the chilled out vibe. Don't forget to eat some delicious Goan food, but watch out -- it can be spicy.
Enjoy a free day in Goa.
Accommodation
  • Jasmin by Mango (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Old Goa Visit
    Explore the rich history and impressive architecture of Old Goa, the former colonial capital of the state. The convents and churches are stunning, and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the relics of St Francis Xavier.
  • Panjim Visit
    Walk through the Latin Quarter or by the river of this charming capital city. Take a short boat ride, visit a casino, or just relax and take in the chilled out vibe. Don't forget to eat some delicious Goan food, but watch out -- it can be spicy.
  • Goa Beach Visit
    Relax on some soft, white sand -- Goa's beaches are famous the world over for good reason. Hydrate with a smoothie or fresh coconut water.
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
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.
Accommodation
  • Jasmin by Mango (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Old Goa Visit
    Explore the rich history and impressive architecture of Old Goa, the former colonial capital of the state. The convents and churches are stunning, and the area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the relics of St Francis Xavier.
  • Panjim Visit
    Walk through the Latin Quarter or by the river of this charming capital city. Take a short boat ride, visit a casino, or just relax and take in the chilled out vibe. Don't forget to eat some delicious Goan food, but watch out -- it can be spicy.
  • Goa Beach Visit
    Relax on some soft, white sand -- Goa's beaches are famous the world over for good reason. Hydrate with a smoothie or fresh coconut water.
Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka.
Accommodation
  • Clarks Inn Hampie (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Local train
    Duration : 6.0 hr - 7.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Included Activity
  • Walking Tour
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Explore the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Hazararama Temple, and the boulders on the river on this walking tour.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 12.0 hr
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.
Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill.
Accommodation
  • Akshaya Mahal (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Mysore Palace Visit
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    This stunning palace was the home of the Maharajas of Mysore, the former royal family, which ruled from 1399 to 1950. Learn about the rich history of Indian royalty and soak in the splendor of an era long gone.
  • Chamundi Hills Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a visit to the gorgeous temple devoted to the Hindu goddess, Chamundi, located on Chamundi Hill.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Al Wesal International (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Namdroling Monastery Visit
    Home to nearly 5,000 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns, Namdroling Monastery is known as a centre for teachings of the Buddha and the Nyingma tradition - the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Al Wesal International (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
  • Coffee Plantation Tour
    Head out into the hills to visit one of the many coffee plantations in the region. Learn about the production process and have a sample or two of the locally-grown coffee while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Take a morning drive to the coastal town of Kannur. Catch the Ernakulam Express to Kochi in the afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Fort Manor (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr - 4.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Train
    Duration : 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Fort Manor (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Fort Kochi Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 2 km
    Enjoy your stay in charming Fort Kochi, which evokes an era long gone. Walk through the cobblestone streets, visit delightful tea houses, and have a relaxing drink while sitting by the water. Be sure to check out Vasco de Gama's tombstone and the famous blue synagogue.
  • Chinese Fishing Nets Visit
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Check out these magnificent fishing nets, which are an icon of Kochi. They were gifted to the Kochi King by Chinese Emperor Kubalagi in the 14th century as the two empires were trading partners.
Optional Activities
  • Jewish Synagogue
    Shoes need to be removed before entering the synagogue.
  • Dutch Palace Visit
    Explore the grounds of this gorgeous white palace built in 1555, also known as the Mattancherry Palace. Check out the intricate and extremely well preserved murals, depicting tales from Hindu mythology. Get a taste of life as a Kochi royal by looking at elaborate palanquins and bejewelled clothing on display here.
  • Kochi Spice Market
    Tantalize your senses and tickle your taste buds with a trip to the Kochi Spice Market. Cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin galore!
Make the most of Kochi with free time to explore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Fort Manor (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Jewish Synagogue
    Shoes need to be removed before entering the synagogue.
  • Dutch Palace Visit
    Explore the grounds of this gorgeous white palace built in 1555, also known as the Mattancherry Palace. Check out the intricate and extremely well preserved murals, depicting tales from Hindu mythology. Get a taste of life as a Kochi royal by looking at elaborate palanquins and bejewelled clothing on display here.
  • Kochi Spice Market
    Tantalize your senses and tickle your taste buds with a trip to the Kochi Spice Market. Cardamom, cinnamon, and cumin galore!
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
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.
This evening enjoy a taste of local life with a homestay.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Alasr Heritage Home (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Kerala Boat Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a boat ride through the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Take in the lush, green scenery and the multitude of coconut trees.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Tuk-tuk
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Scoot quickly around the big cities inside a three-wheeled mini-taxi.
Enjoy some more time in Kerala before an evening train to Kanyakumari for a full day exploring the area.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Hotel Singaar International (or similar)
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 4.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Accommodation
  • Rio Grande Hotel Madurai (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram Visit
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Take an enjoyable ferry ride to Vivekananda Rock, a small island about 100m from the mainland. Mix with the many pilgrims going to visit this holy site—it honours the Hindu poet and philosopher, Swami Vivekananda. Learn about Hinduism at the peaceful Ramakrishna Ashram, an ashram maintained by the Ramakrishna Mission, which is a Hindu movement named after the late philosopher, Swami Ramakrishna.
Transport
  • Ferry
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
  • Train
    Duration : 4.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Explore the Meenakshi Temple and colourful markets of Madurai.
Accommodation
  • Rio Grande Hotel Madurai (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Meenakshi Temple Visit
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Visit the gorgeous Meenakshi Temple, considered to be the finest in South Indian religious architecture. This enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Parvati, or Meenakshi. Even before you pass through the massive stone walls of the temple, the nine striking gopurams (monumental gateways covered with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals, and monsters all painted in vivid colours) loom high above.
Optional Activities
  • Cycle-Rickshaw Tour
  • Gandhi Museum
    Learn about India's struggle for independence at this museum devoted to the great man famous the world over, Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Thirumalai Nayak Palace Visit
    Visit what remains of the 17th century palace of the ruler Thirumalai Nayak -- he contributed extensively to the gorgeous Meenakshi Temple, which is located less than 2km away.
Take the morning Vaigai Express to Chengalpattu before continue by van to Mamallapuram.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Mamalla Inn (or similar)
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 6.5 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Cycle around and explore the rock-cut Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Mamalla Inn (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Shore Temple Visit
    Explore this impressive group of monuments that were sculpted during the 7th and 8th century, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of these, the Shore Temple stands out for its a marvelous view of the Bay of Bengal's shore. Made of granite, it's actually a twin-temple dedicated both to the Hindu gods, Vishnu and Shiva.
  • Mamallapuram Beach Visit
    Duration : 0.0 hr
    Kick off your shoes and walk through the soft sand of this stunning beach. Watch fishermen take out their boats and bring in their catch.
Optional Activities
  • Mamallapuram Bicycle Tour
    Jump on your bike and enjoy a ride around this charming, historical beach town.
Drive to Chennai and explore Marina Beach and San Thome Basilica. Later, board an overnight train to Hyderabad.
Accommodation on the train tonight will be either in two tier or three tier bunks.
Included Activity
  • Chennai City Tour
    Get to know this South Indian cultural hub with a visit to San Thome Basilica and a stroll along the expansive Marina Beach.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 13.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Learn more about the region's history with a visit to the iconic Charminar and historic Golconda Fort.
Accommodation
  • Treebo Grand Plaza Hyderbad (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Golconda Fort Visit
    Explore the remains of this former medieval capital.
  • Charminar Visit
    Visit Hyderabad's most iconic structure, sometimes called the "Arc de Triomphe of the East", and take in the bustling atmosphere. Swing by the nearby Laad Bazaar and browse the stalls.
Enjoy a free morning to continue exploring this state capital before catching an evening flight to Bhubaneshwar. Continue by van to reach Puri.
Opt to visit the Salar Jung Museum or the scenic Qutb Shahi Tombs with free time.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Naren Palace (or similar)
Transport
  • Plane
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Explore Raghuraj Pur village and beautiful Puri beaches.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Naren Palace (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Raghuraj Pur Village Visit
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 24 km
    Enjoy the varied artistic delights of this heritage crafts village, including Gotipua dance troupes, palm leaf paintings, stone and wood carvings, and toys made of wood, papier-mache, and cow dung (yes, you read that correctly).
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.
Meal
  • Lunch
Accommodation
  • Dee Empresa Hotel (or similar)
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 7.5 hr - 8.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
Accommodation
  • Dee Empresa Hotel (or similar)
Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city.
Accommodation
  • Dee Empresa Hotel (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Victoria Memorial Visit
    Enjoy a visit to this palatial white marble building, built in the beginning of the 20th century. It is dedicated to Queen Victoria and has a lush green "maidan" (lawn) in front of it. The Victoria Memorial is architecturally impressive; it combines British and Mughal design, along with elements of Venetian, Egyptian, Islamic, and other architecture.
  • New Market Visit
    Visit the New Market area and learn about the history of this shopping mecca. Officially built in the 1870s, it once housed the most important retailers of the British era. Feel free to pick up a few things, too!
  • Ganges Ferry Ride
    Head out to explore the sacred River Ganges on a ferry ride.
  • Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of your group and learn about the next leg of your tour.
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.
Included Activities
  • Victoria Memorial Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a visit to this palatial white marble building, built in the beginning of the 20th century. It is dedicated to Queen Victoria and has a lush green "maidan" (lawn) in front of it. The Victoria Memorial is architecturally impressive; it combines British and Mughal design, along with elements of Venetian, Egyptian, Islamic, and other architecture.
  • Mother Teresa's House Visit
    Visit Mother Teresa's house, now often referred to as "Motherhouse." See the local chapel, the tomb of Mother Teresa, and the modest room she called home for almost 50 years.
Transport
  • Basic overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 13.0 hr
    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Optional Activities
  • Indian Museum
    Gain a deeper understanding of the history of this country with a walk back in time at the Indian Museum. The largest and oldest museum in India, explore the rare collections ranging from six different sections: art, archaeology, anthropology, geology, zoology and economic botany.
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.
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.
Accommodation
  • Krishna Residency (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr - 4.0 hr
    Distance : 115 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Accommodation
  • Krishna Residency (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Tiger Hill Sunrise Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Wake up early for a drive up to the top of Tiger Hill. The early start will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Mt Everest and Mt Kangchenjunga, the first and third highest mountains in the world. Make it there in time for sunrise to see the mountains bathed in pink light.
  • Tea Estate Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Visit the Tukvar Tea Estate, first planted by the British in 1852. This is the oldest tea estate and produces the world-famous Darjeeling tea, known as the champagne of tea. Enjoy a cup!
  • Mahakal Temple Visit
    Enjoy a visit to this charming temple is situated on top of a hill. Inside, you'll find a cave designated as a holy site for worshippers of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. Previously the location of a Buddhist Monastery, it continues to be an important site for pilgrims.
  • Peace Pagoda Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 6 km
    Visit this beautiful pagoda built with guidance from a Buddhist monk from Japan. As with other Peace Pagodas around the world, its aim is to unite peace seekers to create the calm they hope for.
Transport
  • Toy train
    Climb aboard and grab a seat aboard this charming narrow-gauge train.
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.
Accommodation
  • Maple Wood Resort (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.5 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 100 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Start the day with an orientation walk, then enjoy a free day to explore this scenic town.
Accommodation
  • Maple Wood Resort (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
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.
Accommodation
  • Breathing Stone Hotel (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Orientation Walk
    Duration : 0.5 hr - 1.0 hr
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.5 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 75 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Included Activity
  • Deolo Hill Visit
    Visit Deolo Hills, home to the highest point in Kalimpong, and enjoy views of the mountain scenery.
Transport
  • Overnight train (beds)
    Duration : 18.0 hr - 20.0 hr
    Distance : 750 km
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.5 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 75 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Vaibhav (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Ghats Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 3.0 hr
    Distance : 8 km
    Walk along the ghats (waterfront steps) leading into the sacred River Ganges in Varanasi. The ghats are all used for different purposes -- some for bathing, some for puja (prayer) ceremonies, and others for cremation.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Sarnath and the city of Varanasi.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Vaibhav (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Morning Ganges Boat Tour
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    Catch the sunrise from a boat cruising the sacred Ganges River, where Hindu pilgrims from all over the world come to wash away their sins and cremate their loved ones. Witness locals participating in dawn rituals of bathing and burning at the river.
Take a morning Varanasi-Lucknow Intercity train. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Imambara.
Included Activity
  • Bara Imambara Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Visit the famous Shia Muslim shrine located in Lucknow. With ornate Mughal architecture, this massive shrine is a striking sight to behold.
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
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.
Meal
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Hotel Metro Heights (or similar)
Transport
  • Train
    Duration : 6.0 hr
    Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Optional Activities
  • The Residency
    Also known as the British Residency, this colonial era Residence has been in numerous battles. Find the bullet marks still scarring the walls or walk the gardens and observe the ruins.
Depart at any time.
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.
Optional Activities
  • Kitchen with a Cause
    Hungry? Visit Delhi’s Kitchen with a Cause before or after your tour for a delicious meal that gives something back to the local community. It is more than a bustling restaurant – it’s a product of the G Values Fund* filled with mouth-watering action. Dishes are prepared by talented chefs who celebrate the deep, traditional flavours prevalent in Indian cuisine. The restaurant provides further career and training opportunities to young adults who are graduates from the G Adventures-supported City Walk project, an organization that aids local disadvantaged youth. Here, the cost of your meal gets you so much more than just a full stomach.

    Visit the Kitchen with a Cause at 15A/64, WEA, Kroi Bagh, Delhi, India.

    *The G Values Fund is a microloan program instituted by G Adventures that helps former Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) establish self-sustaining businesses.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels/guesthouses (47 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts), homestay (1 nt).
Meals
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    Note: Allow USD1230-1600 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Train (seats), train (beds), Shatabdi Express train, toy trains, private van, walking
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Golden Temple visit
  • Wagah border ceremony
  • McLeod Ganj orientation walk
  • Dalai Lama Temple visit
  • Bhagsunag visit
  • Rewalsar Lake orientation walk
  • Taj Mahal visit
  • 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
  • Gateway of India visit
  • Beach time in Goa
  • Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi
  • Hazararama Temple visit
  • Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits
  • Namdroling Monastery visit
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Madikeri Fort and Raja's Seat visit
  • Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit
  • Backwaters canal ride
  • Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit
  • Meenakshi Temple visit
  • Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach
  • Charminar and Golconda Fort visit
  • Jagannath Temple visit
  • Raghuraj Pur village visit
  • Victoria Memorial visit
  • Visit Mother Teresa's House
  • Tiger Hill sunrise visit
  • Tea estate visit
  • Mahakal Temple visit
  • Peace Pagoda visit
  • Toy train ride
  • 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
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from New Delhi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Indian Odyssey by Rail tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 54 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 15 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends New Delhi, India/ New Delhi, India
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Payment

A deposit of 350 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 20 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Indian Odyssey by Rail tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Indian Odyssey by Rail tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Other Practical Information
  • 1. Travel Style : RailGet closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes.
  • 2. Service Level : StandardComfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • 4. Trip Type : Small GroupGroup trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Indian Odyssey by Rail tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Hotels/guesthouses (47 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts), homestay (1 nt).

  • Checklist

    Cold Weather:
    • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Warm layers

    Conservative Dress:
    • Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders)
    • Shawl or scarf (for temple visits)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Light Hiking:
    • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

    Train Travel (Optional):
    • Slip-on shoes
    • Small container with lid
    • Travel cutlery
    • Travel or camp cup

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

    Note: During the colder months (Oct-Apr) the mountains can be cold, so please make sure you pack warm clothes. During the months of Jul-Sep is the rainy season, so please make sure to pack waterproof clothes.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 15, avg 12

  • Highlights

    Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony, see Delhi on a walking tour led by a former at-risk youth, Explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells, ride the toy trains of Shimla and Darjeeling, Indulge in the amazing food of seaside Goa, Experience a homestay in the Kerala Backwaters, Visit the ghats of Varanasi

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    Travel like a local on this 54-day trip, exploring India by train from the northeast to the southwest. Skip the backpacking and let the train — and the innumerable beautiful sights — move you, from the Taj Mahal to the colours of Rajasthan to the ruins of Karnataka. This trip will hit some of the country’s highlights, with loads of time to hop off and get to know your surroundings in a way only a Rail tour allows. The trip won’t last forever, but the memories definitely will.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD1230-1600 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

  • Packing_note

    During the colder months (Oct-Apr) the mountains can be cold, so please make sure you pack warm clothes. During the months of Jul-Sep is the rainy season, so please make sure to pack waterproof clothes.

  • Start_finish

    ex Delhi

  • Transport

    Train (seats), train (beds), Shatabdi Express train, toy trains, private van, walking

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport. Golden Temple visit. Wagah border ceremony. McLeod Ganj orientation walk. Dalai Lama Temple visit. Bhagsunag visit. Rewalsar Lake orientation walk. Taj Mahal visit. 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. Gateway of India visit. Beach time in Goa. Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi. Hazararama Temple visit. Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits. Namdroling Monastery visit. Coffee plantation tour. Madikeri Fort and Raja's Seat visit. Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit. Backwaters canal ride. Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit. Meenakshi Temple visit. Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Charminar and Golconda Fort visit. Jagannath Temple visit. Raghuraj Pur village visit. Victoria Memorial visit. Visit Mother Teresa's House. Tiger Hill sunrise visit. Tea estate visit. Mahakal Temple visit. Peace Pagoda visit. Toy train ride. 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. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Delhi
    - Kitchen with a Cause
    - Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

    Dharamshala
    - Kangra Art Museum Visit
    - Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts Show
    - Bhagsunath Temple Excursion
    - Norbulingka Institute Visit

    Shimla
    - Viceregal Lodge (Rashtrapati Niwas) Visit (50INR per person)

    Āgra
    - Baby Taj Visit (300INR per person)

    Jaipur
    - Raj Mandir Cinema and Movie (200-400INR per person)
    - Jantar Mantar Visit (200INR per person, 1000INR per group)

    Udaipur
    - Udaipur Cooking School (2000-2000INR per person)
    - Monsoon Palace Visit (250INR per person)
    - Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour

    Goa
    - Old Goa Visit (1600INR per group)
    - Goa Beach Visit (5INR per person)

    Panaji
    - Panjim Visit

    Kochi
    - Jewish Synagogue (10INR per person)
    - Kochi Spice Market
    - Dutch Palace Visit

    Madurai
    - Cycle-Rickshaw Tour (350INR per person)
    - Gandhi Museum
    - Thirumalai Nayak Palace Visit (50INR per person, 1200INR per group)

    Māmallapuram
    - Mamallapuram Bicycle Tour (325INR per person, 1000INR per group)

    Kolkata
    - Victoria Memorial Visit (250INR per person)
    - Ganges Ferry Ride (20INR per person)
    - New Market Visit (Free)
    - Indian Museum (500INR per person)

    Lucknow
    - The Residency (200INR per person)

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Thanks for your trip input. We will do our utmost to make sure that you get a trip of a lifetime.
We've noted down your trip requirements below. You can easily them.
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  • Country: {{!!tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation?tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation:myRequest.country}}
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  • {{myRequest.departure_month || myRequest.duration?'Approx. Dates':'Travel Dates'}}: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}}, {{myRequest.duration}} Not decided yet
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How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
New customised trip enquiry by {{getFirstName(activeuser)}}:
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  • Group Size: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?',':''}} {{myRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
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  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
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  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
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Hi ,
Thanks for your trip input. We will do our utmost to make sure that you get a trip of a lifetime.
We've noted down your trip requirements below. You can easily them.
  • {{myRequest.title}}
  • Country: {{!!tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation?tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation:myRequest.country}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
  • Custom Activity: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].activity}}
  • Group Size: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?',':''}} {{myRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • {{myRequest.departure_month || myRequest.duration?'Approx. Dates':'Travel Dates'}}: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}}, {{myRequest.duration}} Not decided yet
  • Tour Type: {{myRequest.tourtype | tourtypefullName}}
  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
  • Trip Details: ... Read More Read Less
How our Travel Expert Service Works
  • 1 We connect you with a hand-picked and qualified travel expert who can match your trip requirements. The advantage of working directly through a travel expert is that you get the best and unfiltered advice from the very beginning.
  • 2 The travel expert will help you with creating and customising a trip for you. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the trip, the travel expert will also be able to help you with those.
  • 3 When you feel that your trip is exactly per your wish, you'll be able to book the entire trip here on Bookmundi.
The Advantages of Bookmundi
  • Selected Local Travel Experts All our local travel experts have been chosen based on rigorous selection criteria. In fact, we reject 98 out of 100 local travel agencies, and thereby giving you access to the top 1-2% local travel experts.
  • Secure Online Payment and Financial Guarantee Each and every trip is required to go through Bookmundi's secure payment platform, powered by Stripe and supported by SSL. All payments are therefore carried out in secure manners. We are furthermore member of the Danish Travel Fund which gives you a 100% financial guarantee for any money you pay on Bookmundi, even if we went bankrupt (which we we will not!).
  • Trip Replacement or 100% Reimbursement Bookmundi has hand-picked your local travel expert. Our role, as your trusted third party, is therefore to make sure that your entire experience runs as seamless and secure as possible. We guarantee to you that in the unlikely event where a local travel expert cancels your trip after your deposit or full payment has been made, we commit to replacing these services with another equally qualified agency so that your trip can go ahead as planned, or failing to replace it, we will give you a 100% reimbursement.
New customised trip enquiry by {{getFirstName(activeuser)}}:
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  • Country: {{!!tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation?tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].geoLocation:myRequest.country}}
  • Destination: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].destinations.join(', ')}}
  • Activity: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].activity.join(', ')}}
  • Custom Destination: {{tripPlannerCustom[myRequest.id].destination}}
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  • Group Size: {{myRequest.no_of_adults > 0 && myRequest.no_of_children > 0?',':''}} {{myRequest.group_type=='Single'?'1 Person':myRequest.group_type=='Couple'?'2 People':''}}
  • {{myRequest.departure_month || myRequest.duration?'Approx. Dates':'Travel Dates'}}: {{myRequest.start_date | readableDate}} to {{myRequest.end_date | readableDate}} {{myRequest.departure_month}}, {{myRequest.duration}} Not decided yet
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  • Age Group: {{myRequest.age_group}} yrs
  • Type of Tour: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].type_of_tour}}
  • Accommodation Option: {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].accommodation_option}}
  • Budget Per Person: USD {{myRequest.approx_budget_amount}}
  • Budget Flexibility {{tripPlannerKeysNames[myRequest.id].budget_flexibility}}
  • Trip Planning Stage {{myRequest.trip_planning_stage}}
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