he most interesting mode of traveling through India is by train. Giving you a true feel of the land and its people, this tour on rails is for the romantics with some resilience. Travelling in the best available class on trains and the stay in selected hotels (including some charming period properties) enhance the comfort and beauty of the tour.

So, can you hear the whistle? Can you hear the chug-chug on the railway tracks? Can you feel the rhythm of the moving train? Then, hurry! Don't miss your train?
Day 01: CALCUTTA (Kolkata): Welcome in India. Assistance on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Day 02: KOLKATA: Early morning visit Flower market near Howrah Bridge followed by a boat ride on the river Hooghly. Afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of the city, which includes
  the famous Victoria Memorial. Board the train to New Jalpaigudi in the evening.
Day 03: DARJEELING: Arrive New Jalpaigudi. Change to the Toy train for Darjeeling. The toy train is pulled by a small steam locomotive, for the long and winding climb up the hills to Darjeeling. Arrive and check in your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 04: DARJEELING: Drive to the Tiger Hill to view sunrise and the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga. Later visit Senchal Lake and Ghoom Monastery. Afternoon city tour includes Himalayan Mountaineering Institute along with a visit to the Tea Estate, where you can watch the pickers at work.

Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling

Day 05: DARJEELING: Morning at leisure. Board overnight train to Varanasi in the afternoon.
Day 06: VARANASI: Arrive Mughal Sarai. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Varanasi. Afternoon visit to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Evening walking tour through the colourful narrow lanes of the spiritual city that ends up at the Ghats of the Ganges. Here, you enjoy Aarti of the Ganges- a spiritual experience!
Day 07: LUCKNOW: Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to witness holy rituals on ghats. Later visit temples including the most famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University and a factory weaving the famous Benares silk in pit looms. Afternoon board your train to Lucknow. Met on arrival & transferred to your hotel.
Day 08: LUCKNOW: Daylong sightseeing tour includes La Martinere, Dilkusha gardens and the Residency Complex, the Imambaras and the colourful bazaars.

Residency Complex, Lucknow

Day 09: AGRA: Morning train to Tundla (Agra). Met on arrival & transferred to your hotel. Later visit the most beautiful monument of love- the Taj Mahal, followed by the visit to Agra Fort.
Day 10: AGRA: Enjoy the incomparable beauty of Taj Mahal at sunrise. Afternoon excursion to the abandoned city of Mughal emperor Akbar- Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 11: JAIPUR: Reach Jaipur by morning train. Evening enjoy rickshaw-ride through colourful bazaars of the Pink City.
Day 12:  JAIPUR: Early morning walk through some interesting lanes of the pink city to witness as to how the old city comes into life. Later visit Amber Fort, which is ascended on elephant back. Afternoon sightseeing trip includes Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), Jantar-Mantar (the Observatory) and Maharaja's City Palace.
Day 13: DELHI: Train to Delhi. Arrive and check in your hotel. Evening enjoy Dances of India show followed by dinner at Chor Bizarre.
Day 14: Delhi: Daylong tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and Lutyn's Delhi (New Delhi). Also visit Sikh Temple. Evening board overnight train to Kalka.
Day 15: SHIMLA: Arrive Kalka and change to narrow gauge train for Shimla, which passes through beautiful scenery and long tunnels. In Shimla, evening free to walk over the Mall, which still reflects the lifestyle in the period of Raj.

Toy Train, Shimla

Day 16: SHIMLA: Day at leisure. Optional excursions to Chail, Kufri or Narkanda.
Day 17: DELHI: Drive to Chandigarh station to board your train to Delhi. Arrive and directly transferred to International airport for your flight back home.
Day 18: DELHI: Fly back home.

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