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Trains of Imperial India
Six scenic train journeys, Kolkata to the majestic hill stations of Darjeeling and Shimla, holy Varanasi on the Ganges, the Taj Mahal in Agra and more
Day 1: Kolkata
Victorial Memorial in KolkataOnce you arrive in to Kolkata you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Kolkata or relax at the hotel. Overnight - Kolkata

Day 2: Kolkata city sights

This cultural city is an incredible example of East meets West. Enjoy a sightseeing tour which includes a visit to the Victoria Memorial. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921, this imposing vision in marble often called the “Taj” of the British Raj overlooks the grassy Maidan, the city’s green belt. Overnight - Kolkata

Day 3: Kolkata
Darjeeling railway stationKolkata - New Jalpaiguri. Enjoy the day to independently explore Kolkata. Early this evening, you’ll board the Darjeeling Mail train. In air conditioned 1st class sleeper accommodation, relax as the train heads north to New Jalpaiguri. Overnight - Train (B)

Days 4 - 6: Darjeeling
toy train in DarjeelingNew Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - Varanasi. Early this morning, you’ll continue the journey to Darjeeling by automobile. Sitting at a spectacular altitude of 2124m with a backdrop consisting of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks & surrounded by verdant tea plantations. Owing to Darjeeling’s nearness to Tibet, the town has a Tibetan Refugee Centre comprising look after the young & elderly & craft workshops that produce carpets, leather work & other Tibetan curios. In case you have time, it’s worth a glance. Early morning of day five, they enjoy a drive to Tiger Hill to catch dawn over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. Continuing to the Ghoom Gompa (monastery) followed by city sightseeing & a visit to a tea estate. Day 6, drive to New Jalpaiguri to catch the Varanasi North-East Express train (2nd class A/C sleeper) to Varanasi. Overnight - Darjeeling

Days 7 - 8: Varanasi
Ganga ghat in VaranasiArriving early this morning to Mughalsarai, they drive to Varanasi. Varanasi or the city of Shiva, is the holiest Hindu pilgrimage location in India. Plentiful with temples & streets that resemble a mass of tangled shoe laces, Varanasi is of India’s most vibrant cities, later they enjoy a city sightseeing tour. Early morning, day 8, they boat ride on the holy Ganges to witness the dawn & the ancient religious custom of ritual cleansing that takes place on the famous riverside ghats (steps) that line the banks. Late afternoon board the Marudhar Express train (1st A/C class sleeper) to Agra. Overnight -Varanassi

Days 9 - 10: Agra
Beautiful Taj MahalAn early morning arrival in Agra allows you the chance to relax. Visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and marble craft shop later this afternoon. Day ten, free morning or re-visit the Taj Mahal. Afternoon vehicle transfer to Delhi in time to board the Howrah Delhi Kalka Express train (air-conditioned 1st class sleeper) to Kalka. Overnight -Agra

Days 11 - 12: Kalka - Shimla
Kalka Shimla ExpressKalka - Shimla - (breakfast day 12 only). early today, they board the Kalka-Shimla Express (non a/c 1st class), arriving Shimla late morning. Shimla, the ‘old summer capital’ of British India sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of 2100m. The famous ‘Mall’ lined with stately English houses, Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the fortress-like former Viceregal Lodge reinforces Shimla’s English flavour. It’s worth exploring the narrow streets which fall steeply away from the ridge to vibrant local bazaars. Overnight - Shimla

Day 13: Shimla
snowfall in ShimlaShimla - Delhi (Kalka). Leaving Shimla, drive to Kalka to catch the afternoon, Shatabdi Express train (airconditioned chair automobile) bound for Delhi. Overnight - Delhi (B)

Day 14: Delhi

Lotus TempleThis morning embark on a sightseeing tour of Elderly Delhi including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque & the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy the sights of New Delhi including the majestic India Gate, Rajpath & Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, a large tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in India in the 11th century & a carpet emporium. Late this evening, enjoy an included onward transfer to the airport.

Taj Mahal, Agra - closed Friday; Red Fort, Delhi - closed Monday

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