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India by Rail

  • Duration
    15 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    £3,690pp
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Set off on an extraordinary rail adventure through India and embrace the myriad of scenic landscapes, cultures, and traditions that unfold before your window.

Begin at Delhi, the vibrant metropolis where history meets modernity as you find monuments and ancient ruins side by side with modern structures and high-rise towers. Your journey will continue through Amritsar, a city of historical and spiritual significance, before travelling to Shimla, surrounded by lush landscapes of the Himalayan foothills, famed for its natural beauty and colonial architecture.

Discover one of the Wonders of the World during sunrise at the Taj Mahal before exploring the highlights of the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, the capital of the Rajasthan State, laced with pink painted buildings throughout the old city area. Join us on this 15-day tour of this fascinating country, travelling by train, coach, plane and ship as you explore the very best India has to offer.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 13
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visa Included
    Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Rail Journeys
    7 Journeys
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our India by Rail tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

Traveling by train in India is a unique and enriching experience. With its extensive network, scenic routes, and cultural exposure, it's a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore the diverse landscapes and traditions of this captivating country. From the bustling stations to the historical marvels along the way, India by Rail provides a memorable adventure.

  • Days 1-2
    Fly to Delhi
    Day 1-2: Fly to Delhi

    Upon your arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Explore Delhi
    Day 3: Explore Delhi

    Begin your day with a drive alongside the magnificent Red Fort, taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of its red sandstone structure. Next, embark on a delightful rickshaw ride through the lively streets of Old Delhi, before proceeding to the renowned Jama Masjid. After lunch, fly to Amritsar, eagerly anticipating the adventure that lies ahead.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Discover Amritsar
    Day 4: Discover Amritsar

    Today starts with a morning visit to the historically significant Jallianwala Bagh, a poignant public garden in Amritsar. Continue your exploration by visiting the remarkable Durgiana Temple, and in the afternoon, embark on a scenic drive to the Wagah border, to witness the enchanting ceremonial flag lowering ceremony.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Travel to Shimla
    Day 5: Travel to Shimla

    Catch your morning train and enjoy the picturesque journey as you head towards Chandigarh. Continue by road to the hill station of Shimla, where you will take a walking tour to Mall Road, in the bustling heart of Shimla. Explore The Ridge, a spacious open space offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills, and marvel at the architectural beauty of Christ Church, a landmark of Shimla's colonial heritage.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Shimla
    Day 6: Shimla

    Today begins with an enchanting toy train experience from Shimla to Kandaghat. After soaking in the mesmerising views, return to Shimla by car to enjoy a city tour visiting the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Explore the grandeur of this architectural gem and learn about its historical significance. Continue your exploration by visiting the Himachal State Museum. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and vibrant artistry of the region as you discover the museum's fascinating exhibits.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Travel to Delhi
    Day 7: Travel to Delhi

    After your memorable time in Shimla, it's time to transfer to Chandigarh station for your onward journey. Bid farewell to the charming hill station as you board your train bound for Delhi. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the changing landscapes. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Travel to Agra
    Day 8: Travel to Agra

    Begin the day with a train journey to Agra, a city steeped in history and architectural marvels. On arrival explore Fatehpur Sikri. This UNESCO World Heritage Site showcases the grandeur of Mughal architecture. Proceed to Agra Fort, another iconic landmark with imposing red sandstone walls, encompassing palaces, gardens and many halls.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Taj Mahal
    Day 9: Taj Mahal

    Early morning start with a sunrise visit to the world-renowned Taj Mahal in Agra. As the first rays of sunlight illuminate the iconic white marble monument, witness its ethereal beauty and experience the tranquil atmosphere surrounding this masterpiece, as you learn about the captivating love story behind its creation. Visit a nearby marble workshop to witness the skilled artisans crafting intricate marble designs before your next train journey takes you to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Explore Jaipur
    Day 10: Explore Jaipur

    Explore Jaipur's iconic attractions, including a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. Visit the magnificent Amber Fort and immerse yourself in its regal ambiance. Discover the Maharaja's City Palace while delving into the city's royal heritage before experiencing the scientific wonders of the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Witness traditional crafts like block printing and carpet weaving at a local craft centre and end the day with a delicious dinner and captivating cultural performance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Discover Delhi
    Day 11: Discover Delhi

    Bid farewell to Jaipur as you board the train to Delhi. Upon arrival you will enjoy a tour that begins at the magnificent Qutab Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stands as a testament to Delhi's rich history and architectural grandeur. Continue to explore New Delhi, starting with the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. Stop at the iconic India Gate, a war memorial honouring the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Travel to Varanasi
    Day 12: Travel to Varanasi

    Board a morning train from Delhi to the sacred city of Varanasi. Upon arrival, prepare for an enchanting evening rickshaw ride to the banks of the Ganges River. As dusk sets in, witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony dedicated to the river, capturing the rhythmic chants, flickering oil lamps, and the divine atmosphere that surrounds you.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Varanasi
    Day 13: Varanasi

    Enjoy a serene cruise along the Ganges river, soaking in the spiritual atmosphere. Explore landmarks like Bharat Mata Mandir and Durga Temple. Visit Banaras Hindu University and the revered Vishwanath Temple. Venture to Sarnath to explore ancient Buddhist sites, including the Dhamek Stupa and Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, and become immersed in the rich spirituality and cultural heritage of Varanasi and Sarnath.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Return to Delhi
    Day 14: Return to Delhi

    Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore at your leisure. In the afternoon, fly from Varanasi to Delhi, returning to this bustling capital city. Enjoy a farewell dinner celebrating a remarkable journey.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Depart Delhi
    Day 15: Depart Delhi

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 3
    The Park Hotel
    15 Parliament Street Opposite - Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 110001 India
    The Park Hotel
    The Park Hotel, New Delhi, highly rated among the luxury five star hotels in Delhi is situated in the heart of the city centre's entertainment hub - Connaught Place. The hotel boasts luxurious and stylish en-suite rooms fitted with modern amenities, and access to indulgent restaurants, a day gym, spa and salon.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Holiday Inn
    District Shopping Complex, Amritsar
    Holiday Inn
    Located in the commercial district in Amritsar with major tourist attractions a short distance away. The 4* Holiday Inn a wide range of facilities, inclusive of a outdoor swimming pool, a lounge and all day dining restaurant, servicing exciting continental flavours. Room amenities include a coffee/ tea maker, flatscreen TV and air conditioning.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Elevator
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    Clarks Shiraz
    54 Taj Road, Agra 282001 India
    Clarks Shiraz
    Overlooking the Taj and Agra Fort, The 5* Hotel Clarks Shiraz, is located 2 km from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of Agra. Spread over 8 landscaped acres, the hotel comprises of 237 fully renovated en-suite rooms, with modern amenities including a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and minibar.The hotel also offers an array of delicious cuisine, ranging from Mughlai, Continental, and Chinese at its various restaurants.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    The Zion Hotel
    Nexa Showroom, District Court Road
    The Zion Hotel
    Situated on a hill, overlooking the city of Shimla, the 4* Zion Hotel offers unparalleled views of the surrounding Himalayan mountains. Each rooms is fully equipped with modern amenities, including air conditioning, private bathroom and Wi-Fi. Hotel facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, gym and bar.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Elevator
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    Ramada Jaipur
    Govind Marg Raja Park, Jaipur 302004 India
    Ramada Jaipur
    Located within the city centre and a short 15-minute drive from Jaipur Railway Station, the 4* Ramada Jaipur is a modern hotel featuring a range of amenities, including a mini-bar and coffee maker. Leisure time can be spent relaxing at the rooftop outdoor pool, gym or spa. Other facilities include a restaurant servicing flavours from around the world as well as delicious barbecue and grilled dishes served at the roof top grill.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Nights 2
    The Amayaa
    The Mall Road Cantonment, Varanasi 221002 India
    The Amayaa
    Located within close proximity to the Varanasi City Railway Station, JHV Mall and Nehru Park, The Amayaa Hotel offers guest a premium stay, boasting modern interiors and an array of facilities for guests to enjoy. Leisure time can be spent at the pool, fitness centre or spa. Delight in multi-cuisines served at the hotel restaurant before unwinding at one of the lounge bars.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
  • Night 1
    ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka
    Sadar Patel Marg Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 110 021 India
    ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka
    Conveniently located just 20 minutes from the International & Domestic Airports in New Delhi, the 4* ITC Welcomhotel Dwarka embodies the vibrant and warm nature of the capital. The hotel is also home to a number of restaurants, boasting cuisines from around the world, as well as a swimming pool, fitness facilities and much more.
    • Wi-Fi
    • Swiming Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Non-smoking
    • Bar
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 15°c
  • 13mm
  • Amritsar
  • 12°c
  • 24mm
  • Jaipur
  • 15°c
  • 7mm
  • Shimla
  • 5°c
  • 55mm
  • Varanasi
  • 16°c
  • 19mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
  • Amritsar
  • 14°c
  • 33mm
  • Jaipur
  • 18°c
  • 11mm
  • Shimla
  • 7°c
  • 47mm
  • Varanasi
  • 19°c
  • 18mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 24°c
  • 9mm
  • Amritsar
  • 19°c
  • 48mm
  • Jaipur
  • 24°c
  • 3mm
  • Shimla
  • 11°c
  • 59mm
  • Varanasi
  • 24°c
  • 8mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 30°c
  • 6mm
  • Amritsar
  • 25°c
  • 29mm
  • Jaipur
  • 29°c
  • 5mm
  • Shimla
  • 15°c
  • 41mm
  • Varanasi
  • 30°c
  • 6mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 34°c
  • 11mm
  • Amritsar
  • 30°c
  • 25mm
  • Jaipur
  • 33°c
  • 18mm
  • Shimla
  • 19°c
  • 56mm
  • Varanasi
  • 33°c
  • 10mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 35°c
  • 56mm
  • Amritsar
  • 32°c
  • 62mm
  • Jaipur
  • 33°c
  • 63mm
  • Shimla
  • 20°c
  • 176mm
  • Varanasi
  • 33°c
  • 107mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 31°c
  • 203mm
  • Amritsar
  • 30°c
  • 231mm
  • Jaipur
  • 30°c
  • 223mm
  • Shimla
  • 18°c
  • 376mm
  • Varanasi
  • 30°c
  • 309mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 30°c
  • 243mm
  • Amritsar
  • 30°c
  • 187mm
  • Jaipur
  • 29°c
  • 206mm
  • Shimla
  • 18°c
  • 335mm
  • Varanasi
  • 29°c
  • 288mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 29°c
  • 130mm
  • Amritsar
  • 28°c
  • 79mm
  • Jaipur
  • 28°c
  • 66mm
  • Shimla
  • 17°c
  • 190mm
  • Varanasi
  • 29°c
  • 245mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 27°c
  • 25mm
  • Amritsar
  • 24°c
  • 18mm
  • Jaipur
  • 26°c
  • 25mm
  • Shimla
  • 17°c
  • 46mm
  • Varanasi
  • 27°c
  • 32mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
  • Amritsar
  • 18°c
  • 6mm
  • Jaipur
  • 22°c
  • 4mm
  • Shimla
  • 11°c
  • 14mm
  • Varanasi
  • 22°c
  • 9mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Agra
  • 17°c
  • 6mm
  • Amritsar
  • 13°c
  • 18mm
  • Jaipur
  • 17°c
  • 4mm
  • Shimla
  • 8°c
  • 16mm
  • Varanasi
  • 17°c
  • 5mm
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India by Rail map

Places Visited: Delhi (1N) - Amritsar (2N) - Shimla (2N) - Delhi (1N) - Agra (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Delhi (1N) - Varanasi (2N) - Delhi (1N)

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