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AHDR - 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.

Inclusions

Victoria Memorial visit
Ganges ferry ride
Deolo Hill visit (Kalimpong)
Local lunch (Darjeeling)
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
Lucknow orientation tour
Bara Imambara visit
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $1,470
Start Location
Calcutta, India
End Location
Delhi, India
Age Range
Min :12
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Rail, Small Group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
03 Sep 201815 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
10 Sep 201822 Sep 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
24 Sep 201806 Oct 20189AUD $1,499
11 Oct 201823 Oct 20187AUD $1,619
15 Oct 201827 Oct 20186AUD $1,619
22 Oct 201803 Nov 20182AUD $1,619
05 Nov 201817 Nov 201811AUD $1,729
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
15 Nov 201827 Nov 20188AUD $1,729
19 Nov 201801 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
26 Nov 201808 Dec 20189AUD $1,470
13 Dec 201825 Dec 20186AUD $1,729
24 Dec 201805 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
07 Jan 201919 Jan 201914AUD $1,729
14 Jan 201926 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
21 Jan 201902 Feb 201912AUD $1,729
04 Feb 201916 Feb 201912AUD $1,729
11 Feb 201923 Feb 201910AUD $1,729
18 Feb 201902 Mar 201913AUD $1,729
04 Mar 201916 Mar 201914AUD $1,729
11 Mar 201923 Mar 201914AUD $1,729
14 Mar 201926 Mar 201910AUD $1,729
01 Apr 201913 Apr 201915AUD $1,619
11 Apr 201923 Apr 201914AUD $1,619
15 Apr 201927 Apr 201913AUD $1,619
02 May 201914 May 201915AUD $1,619
09 May 201921 May 201915AUD $1,619
23 May 201904 Jun 201915AUD $1,619
13 Jun 201925 Jun 201915AUD $1,499
02 Sep 201914 Sep 201915AUD $1,499
09 Sep 201921 Sep 201915AUD $1,499
23 Sep 201905 Oct 201915AUD $1,499
10 Oct 201922 Oct 201915AUD $1,619
17 Oct 201929 Oct 201915AUD $1,619
21 Oct 201902 Nov 201915AUD $1,619
04 Nov 201916 Nov 201915AUD $1,729
14 Nov 201926 Nov 201915AUD $1,729
25 Nov 201907 Dec 201915AUD $1,729
12 Dec 201924 Dec 201915AUD $1,729
23 Dec 201904 Jan 2020Fully BookedAUD $1,470 
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 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 13 - Delhi
Depart at any time.