Indian Odyssey by Rail

01/02/2021 through 11/09/2021
01/02/2021 through 01/04/2022
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Indian Odyssey by Rail
Travel like a local on this 54-day trip, exploring India by train from the northeast to the southwest. Skip the backpacking and let the train – and the innumerable beautiful sights – move you, from the Taj Mahal to the colours of Rajasthan to the ruins of Karnataka. This trip will hit some of the country’s highlights, with loads of time to hop off and get to know your surroundings in a way only a Rail tour allows. The trip won’t last forever, but the memories definitely will.

Highlights
Witness the famous India-Pakistan border ceremony, see Delhi on a walking tour led by a former at-risk youth, Explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells, ride the toy trains of Shimla and Darjeeling, Indulge in the amazing food of seaside Goa, Experience a homestay in the Kerala Backwaters, Visit the ghats of Varanasi

Accommodation
Hotels/guesthouses (47 nts), sleeper trains (5 nts), homestay (1 nt).

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Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Group Size Notes
Max 15, avg 12

Meals Included
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

What’s Included
Your G for Good Moment: Women With Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Golden Temple visit. Wagah border ceremony. McLeod Ganj orientation walk. Dalai Lama Temple visit. Bhagsunag visit. Rewalsar Lake orientation walk. Taj Mahal visit. 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. Gateway of India visit. Beach time in Goa. Walking tour and ruins visit in Hampi. Hazararama Temple visit. Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill visits. Namdroling Monastery visit. Coffee plantation tour. Madikeri Fort and Raja’s Seat visit. Fort Kochi and Chinese fishing nets visit. Backwaters canal ride. Vivekananda Rock and Ramkrishna Ashram visit. Meenakshi Temple visit. Cycle tour to Shore Temple and Mamallapuram Beach. Charminar and Golconda Fort visit. Jagannath Temple visit. Raghuraj Pur village visit. Victoria Memorial visit. Visit Mother Teresa’s House. Tiger Hill sunrise visit. Tea estate visit. Mahakal Temple visit. Peace Pagoda visit. Toy train ride. Rumtek Monastery day trip. Deolo Hill visit. Evening ghats visit. Sunrise boat trip on the Ganges. Bara Imambara visit. Orientation walks in Darjeeling, Gangtok, and Kalimpong. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi
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Day 2 Delhi/Amritsar
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Day 3 Amritsar/Dharamshala
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Day 4 Dharamshala
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Day 5 Dharamshala/Mandi
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Day 6 Mandi/Shimla
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Day 7 Shimla
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Day 8 Shimla/Delhi
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Day 9 Delhi
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Day 10 Delhi/Agra
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Day 11 Agra/Jaipur
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Day 12 Jaipur
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Day 13 Jaipur/Udaipur
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Day 14 Udaipur
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Day 15 Udaipur/Bundi
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Day 16 Bundi/Mumbai
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Day 17 Mumbai
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Day 18 Mumbai/Goa
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Day 19 Goa
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Day 20 Goa
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Day 21 Goa
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Day 22 Goa/Hampi
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Day 23 Hampi/Mysore
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Day 24 Mysore
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Day 25 Mysore/Madikeri
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Day 26 Madikeri
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Day 27 Madikeri/Kochi
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Day 28 Kochi
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Day 29 Kochi
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Day 30 Kochi/Alleppey
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Day 31 Alleppey/Kanyakumari
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Day 32 Kanyakumari/Madurai
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Day 33 Madurai
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Day 34 Madurai/Mamallapuram
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Day 35 Mamallapuram
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Day 36 Mamallapuram/Chennai
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Day 37 Hyderabad
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Day 38 Hyderabad/Puri
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Day 39 Puri
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Day 40 Puri/Kolkata
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Day 41 Kolkata
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Day 42 Kolkata
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Day 43 Kolkata/Jalpaiguri
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Day 44 Jalpaiguri/Darjeeling
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Day 45 Darjeeling
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Day 46 Darjeeling/Gangtok
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Day 47 Gangtok
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Day 48 Gangtok/Kalimpong
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Day 49 Kalimpong to New Jalpaiguri
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Day 50 Mughal Sarai/Varanasi
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Day 51 Varanasi
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Day 52 Varanasi/Lucknow
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Day 53 Lucknow/Delhi
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Day 54 Delhi
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