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India by Rail

15 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

India by Rail

Set off on an extraordinary rail journey through India, embracing the myriad of landscapes, cultures, and traditions that unfold before you. From the lively metropolises to the tranquil countryside, this odyssey brings a rich tapestry of experiences. Admire awe-inspiring architectural marvels, meander through the vibrant streets of Delhi, steep yourself in the royal heritage of Rajasthan, and bear witness to the profound spirituality of Varanasi.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 13
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    14 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2
    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.
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    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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15 DAYS
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Delhi (1N) - Amritsar (2N) - Shimla (2N) - Delhi (1N) - Agra (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Delhi (1N) - Varanasi (2N) - Delhi (1N)
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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 and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Delhi (1N) - Amritsar (2N) - Shimla (2N) - Delhi (1N) - Agra (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Delhi (1N) - Varanasi (2N) - Delhi (1N)
  • Day 1
    Arrive to Delhi
    Dinner
    Day 1: Arrive 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 2
    Explore Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: 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 3
    Discover Amritsar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: 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 4
    Travel to Shimla
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: 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 5
    Shimla
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: 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 6
    Travel to Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: 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 7
    Travel to Agra
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: 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 8
    Taj Mahal
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: 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 9
    Explore Jaipur
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: 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 10
    Discover Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: 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 honoring the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Travel to Varanasi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: 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 12
    Varanasi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: 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 13
    Return to Delhi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: 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
  • Days 14-15
    Depart Delhi
    Breakfast
    Day 14-15: Depart Delhi

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

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.

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When to go

The best time to visit India is from November to March when you’ll enjoy pleasant warm dry days and low humidity.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 13
  • Amritsar
  • 4
    19
    12
  • 24
  • Jaipur
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 7
  • Shimla
  • 2
    9
    5
  • 55
  • Varanasi
  • 9
    23
    16
  • 19
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 10
    25
    18
  • 18
  • Amritsar
  • 6
    22
    14
  • 33
  • Jaipur
  • 11
    25
    18
  • 11
  • Shimla
  • 3
    11
    7
  • 47
  • Varanasi
  • 12
    26
    19
  • 18
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 16
    32
    24
  • 9
  • Amritsar
  • 11
    26
    19
  • 48
  • Jaipur
  • 16
    31
    24
  • 3
  • Shimla
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 59
  • Varanasi
  • 16
    33
    24
  • 8
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 22
    38
    30
  • 6
  • Amritsar
  • 16
    34
    25
  • 29
  • Jaipur
  • 22
    37
    29
  • 5
  • Shimla
  • 11
    19
    15
  • 41
  • Varanasi
  • 22
    38
    30
  • 6
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 26
    42
    34
  • 11
  • Amritsar
  • 21
    39
    30
  • 25
  • Jaipur
  • 26
    40
    33
  • 18
  • Shimla
  • 14
    23
    19
  • 56
  • Varanasi
  • 26
    40
    33
  • 10
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 28
    41
    35
  • 56
  • Amritsar
  • 25
    39
    32
  • 62
  • Jaipur
  • 27
    39
    33
  • 63
  • Shimla
  • 16
    24
    20
  • 176
  • Varanasi
  • 27
    38
    33
  • 107
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 27
    35
    31
  • 203
  • Amritsar
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 231
  • Jaipur
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 223
  • Shimla
  • 15
    21
    18
  • 376
  • Varanasi
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 309
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 243
  • Amritsar
  • 25
    34
    30
  • 187
  • Jaipur
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 206
  • Shimla
  • 15
    20
    18
  • 335
  • Varanasi
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 288
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 130
  • Amritsar
  • 22
    34
    28
  • 79
  • Jaipur
  • 23
    34
    28
  • 66
  • Shimla
  • 13
    20
    17
  • 190
  • Varanasi
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 245
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 20
    34
    27
  • 25
  • Amritsar
  • 15
    32
    24
  • 18
  • Jaipur
  • 19
    34
    26
  • 25
  • Shimla
  • 11
    24
    17
  • 46
  • Varanasi
  • 21
    33
    27
  • 32
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 14
    30
    22
  • 4
  • Amritsar
  • 9
    27
    18
  • 6
  • Jaipur
  • 14
    29
    22
  • 4
  • Shimla
  • 7
    15
    11
  • 14
  • Varanasi
  • 14
    29
    22
  • 9
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Agra
  • 9
    24
    17
  • 6
  • Amritsar
  • 4
    21
    13
  • 18
  • Jaipur
  • 9
    24
    17
  • 4
  • Shimla
  • 4
    12
    8
  • 16
  • Varanasi
  • 10
    25
    17
  • 5

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 August 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$130pp (AU$194pp) is paid locally in India.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

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    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • All Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 4 star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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