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AHHR - Kolkata to Kochi by Rail

India is the perfect destination if you're looking to do some long-term travelling that will stay in your memory (and heart!) for years. This 33-day trip allows you to travel like a native by taking the train from northeast to southwest, spotting innumerable beautiful sights along the way. From experiencing remote villages of Darjeeling and touring the Taj Mahal to absorbing the colours of Rajasthan and visiting the ruins of Karnataka, this train trip hits some of India's highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings.

Inclusions

Carte Blanche: Udaipur
Victoria Memorial visit
Ganges ferry ride
Mangal Dham Temple visit (Kalimpong)
Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
Local lunch with cooking demonstration
Gangtok orientation tour
Rumtek Monastery day trip
Darjeeling orientation tour
Tiger Hill sunrise visit
Tea estate visit
Mahakal Temple visit
Peace Pagoda visit
Toy train to Kurseong
Evening ghats visit (Varanasi)
Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges
Sarnath visit
Lucknow orientation tour
Bara Imambara visit
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
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
33
Price From
AUD $3,799
Start Location
Calcutta, India
End Location
Kochi, India
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Rail, Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
24 Sep 201826 Oct 20181AUD $3,799
15 Oct 201816 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
22 Oct 201823 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
19 Nov 201821 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
26 Nov 201828 Dec 20189AUD $4,499
24 Dec 201825 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
07 Jan 201908 Feb 201912AUD $4,259
21 Jan 201922 Feb 20198AUD $4,259
11 Feb 201915 Mar 20199AUD $4,439
02 Sep 201904 Oct 201915AUD $3,799
09 Sep 201911 Oct 201915AUD $3,799
23 Sep 201925 Oct 201915AUD $3,799
21 Oct 201922 Nov 201915AUD $3,979
25 Nov 201927 Dec 201915AUD $4,439
13 Jan 202014 Feb 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
03 Feb 202006 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
10 Feb 202013 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
17 Feb 202020 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
24 Feb 202027 Mar 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
02 Mar 202003 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
09 Mar 202010 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
16 Mar 202017 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
23 Mar 202024 Apr 2020Fully BookedAUD $3,799 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Calcutta
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Calcutta/Jalpaiguri
Visit the Victoria Memorial, New Market and take a ferry on the Ganges. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.
Day 3 - Jalpaiguri/Kalimpong
Arrive at New Jalpaiguri and continue by van to Kalimpong. Take in views of the mountainous scenery with a stop at Deolo Hill.
Day 4 - Kalimpong/Gangtok
Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town.
Day 5 - Gangtok
Enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery.
Day 6 - Gangtok/Darjeeling
Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town.
Day 7 - Darjeeling
Watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit a tea estate and explore the Mahakal Temple. Later, travel the World Heritage-listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on a vintage steam engine train. Continue with a visit to the Peace Pagoda and a cooking demonstration at a local, family-run restaurant.
Day 8 - Darjeeling to Varanasi
Drive to Siliguri to catch an overnight sleeper train to Mughal Sarai.
Day 9 - Mughal Sarai/Varanasi
Arrive to Mughal Sarai in the morning and continue by van to Varanasi. Enjoy an evening visit to the ghats.
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 27 - Hampi/Mysore
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.
Day 28 - Mysore
Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hill.
Day 29 - Mysore/Madikeri
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.
Day 30 - Madikeri
Explore Madikeri (the coffee hub of India) and enjoy a tour of a coffee plantation. Visit the Madikeri Fort and the famed Raja's Seat for its stunning views.
Day 31 - Madikeri/Kochi
Take a morning drive to the coastal town of Kannur. Catch the Ernakulam Express to Kochi in the afternoon.
Day 12 - Lucknow/Delhi
Spend most of the day exploring Lucknow. 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 15 - Agra/Jaipur
Hop on a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur.
Day 14 - Delhi/Agra
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.
Day 13 - Delhi
Enjoy a free day in Delhi.
Day 26 - Goa/Hampi
Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and then by van to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka.
Day 16 - 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.
Day 25 - 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 17 - Jaipur
Enjoy free time to explore Jaipur before boarding an overnight train to Udaipur.
Day 23 - Mumbai/Goa
Catch a morning flight to beautiful Goa. Spend free time relaxing on the beach or exploring the city's monuments.
Day 22 - 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.
Day 21 - Bundi
Explore Bundi with some free time before an overnight trip on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express train, with dinner on board.
Day 20 - Udaipur/Bundi
Take a train to Bundi to explore the fort and stepwells.
Day 19 - Udaipur
Enjoy a free day in Udaipur.
Day 18 - 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.
Day 32 - 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.
Day 24 - Goa
Enjoy a free day in Goa.
Day 33 - Kochi
Depart at any time.