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Kolkata to Kochi by Rail

  • 33 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : GAAHHR

India is the perfect destination if you're looking to do some long-term travelling that will stay in your memory for years - so why not skip the backpacking and get on board a train? This 33-day trip allows you to travel like an India native by taking the train from northeast to southwest, spotting innumerable beautiful sights along the way. From experiencing remote villages of Darjeeling to touring the Taj Mahal to absorbing the colours of Rajasthan to visiting the ruins of Karnataka, this train trip hits some of India's highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings.

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Day 1 Kolkata

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Day 2 Kolkata/Overnight train

Spend the day exploring Kolkata - visit the Victoria Memorial, New Market and take a ferry on the Ganges. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.

Spend the day exploring Kolkata - visit the Victoria Memorial, New Market and take a ferry on the Ganges. In the evening, board an overnight New Jalpaiguri Kamrup Express train to New Jalpaiguri.

Day 3 Kalimpong (1L)

Arrive to New Jalpaiguri in the morning and continue by van to Kalimpong. Explore MacFarlane Memorial Church and visit a cactus and orchid nursery and the Lepcha Museum, dedicated to preserving the dwindling culture of the indigenous Lepcha tribe. After,

Arrive to New Jalpaiguri in the morning and continue by van to Kalimpong. Explore MacFarlane Memorial Church and visit a cactus and orchid nursery and the Lepcha Museum, dedicated to preserving the dwindling culture of the indigenous Lepcha tribe. After, enjoy lunch with a local family including a cooking demonstration.

Days 4-5 Gangtok

Continue by van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. On Day 5, enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery.

Continue by private van to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. On Day 5, enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery.

Days 6-7 Darjeeling

Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town. On Day 7, watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit a tea estate, explore the Mahakal Temple and meet Tibetans at a Refugee Camp. After, visit the Peace Pagoda.

Head to Darjeeling by private van and take an orientation tour of the town. On Day 7, watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit a tea estate, explore the Mahakal Temple and meet Tibetans at a Refugee Camp. After, visit the Peace Pagoda.

Day 8 Toy Train/Siliguri

In the morning take the Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express toy train to Kurseong before driving to Siliguri. Visit Akshardham.

In the morning take the Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express toy train to Kurseong before driving to Siliguri. Visit Akshardham.

Days 9-10 Varanasi

Enjoy free time in Siliguri before an overnight North East Express train to Mughalsarai. Arrive to Mughalsarai in the morning of Day 10 and continue by van one hour to Varanasi. Enjoy an evening visit to the ghats.

Enjoy free time in Siliguri before an overnight North East Express train to Mughalsarai. Arrive to Mughalsarai in the morning of Day 10 and continue by van one hour to Varanasi. Enjoy an evening visit to the ghats.

Day 11 Lucknow

Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges with free time before an afternoon Varanasi Lucknow Intercity train.

Take a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges with free time before an afternoon Varanasi Lucknow Intercity train.

Days 12-13 Lucknow/Delhi (1D)

Spend most of the day exploring Lucknow, including a visit to Bara Imambara. In the afternoon, board the Swarna Shatabdi Express train to Delhi. Enjoy the bustle of Delhi with free time to explore. Opt to take a walking tour of Delhi from Planeterra-suppo

Spend most of the day exploring Lucknow, including a visit to Bara Imambara. In the afternoon, board the Swarna Shatabdi Express train to Delhi, with dinner provided on board. Enjoy the bustle of Delhi with free time to explore. Opt to take a walking tour of Delhi from Planeterra-supported former streetkids.

Day 14 Agra (1B)

Take the morning Shatabdi Express train to Agra, with breakfast served on board. Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Time permitting, opt to visit the Baby Taj.

Take the morning Shatabdi Express train to Agra, with breakfast served on board. Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Time permitting, opt to visit the Baby Taj.

Days 15-16 Jaipur

Hop a train to Jaipur and take an orientation walk around town on arrival. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the Amber Fort. Walk around the Old City and markets and opt to visit the City Palace. With free time on Day 16, choose to visit loca

Hop a Shatabdi Express train in the evening to Jaipur. In the morning take an orientation walk around town. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and the Amber Fort. Walk around the Old City and markets and opt to visit the City Palace. With free time on Day 16, choose to visit local artisans in a nearby village, wander the Jantar Mantar or check out a Bollywood film at the spectacular Art Deco film house, the Raj Mandir.

Days 17-18 Udaipur

In the afternoon, continue by the Udaipur Express train to Udaipur. Enjoy an orientation walk including a visit to the Jagdish Temple and the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Attend a Rajasthani Cultural show on Gangaur Ghat. With f

In the afternoon, continue by the Udaipur Express train to Udaipur. Enjoy an orientation walk including a visit to the Jagdish Temple and the City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Attend a Rajasthani Cultural show on Gangaur Ghat. With free time here, opt to visit the many beautiful lakes, take a boat ride, visit the Monsoon Palace for some excellent views or take an Indian cooking class.

Days 19-20 Bundi (1D)

Enjoy a free day in Udaipur before an evening train to Bundi on the Bundi Mewar Express. On Day 20, explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells before an overnight on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express, with dinner on board.

Enjoy a free day in Udaipur before an evening train to Bundi on the Bundi Mewar Express, about four and half hours. On Day 20, explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells before an overnight on the Mumbai Rajdhani Express, with dinner on board.

Days 21-22 Mumbai

In the morning, arrive to bustling Mumbai, home to 20 million people. Take a walking tour of the Colaba area and see the Gateway of India. Spend Day 22 exploring more of Mumbai before an overnight overnight on the Konkan Kanya Express train to Goa.

In the morning, arrive to bustling Mumbai, home to 20 million people. Take a walking tour of the Colaba area and see the Gateway of India. Spend Day 22 exploring more of Mumbai before an overnight on the Konkan Kanya Express train to Goa.

Days 23-25 Goa

Arrive to beautiful Goa and spend your free time relaxing on the beach. Opt to visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or discover Panjim, the capital of the Goan state. Don't forget

Arrive to beautiful Goa and spend your free time relaxing on the beach. Opt to visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or discover Panjim, the capital of the Goan state. Don't forget to indulge in Goan cuisine.

Days 26-27 Hampi

Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and bus to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka. Spend all of Day 27 on a walking tour and exploring the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Hararama Temple and the boulders on the river. In the evening, take

Travel by Visakhapatnam Howrah Express train and bus to reach Hampi, in the heart of Karnataka. Spend all of Day 27 on a walking tour and exploring the spectacular ruins of Hampi Palaces, Hararama Temple and the boulders on the river. In the evening, take an overnight Hampi Express train to Mysore.

Days 28-29 Mysore

Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill. Spend Day 29 on a day trip to Srirangapatnam.

Arrive to Mysore and explore the Mysore Palace and Chamunda Hill. Spend Day 29 on a day trip to Srirangapatnam.

Days 30-31 Bangalore

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Bangalore. Explore the Lal Bagh Gardens and Bangalore Palace. Spend Day 8 visiting Bangalore markets and Cubbon Park. In the evening, take an overnight Ernakulam SF Express train to Kochi.

Take a morning Shatabdi Express train to Bangalore. Explore the Lal Bagh Gardens and Bangalore Palace. Spend Day 31 visiting Bangalore markets and Cubbon Park. In the evening, take an overnight Ernakulam SF Express train to Kochi.

Day 32 Kochi

Explore the Fort Kochi area and see the Chinese fishing nets at work. If time allows, visit the Jewish area and synagogue, the Dutch Palace and Spice Market.

Explore the Fort Kochi area and see the Chinese fishing nets at work. If time allows, visit the Jewish area and synagogue, the Dutch Palace and Spice Market.

Day 33 Kochi

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Standard
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

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Kolkata city tour. MacFarlane Memorial Church visit (Kalimpong). Cactus and orchid nursery visit. Lepcha Museum visit. Local lunch with cooking demonstration. Gangtok orientation tour. Rumtek Monastery day trip. Darjeeling orientation tour. Tiger Hill sunrise visit. Tea estate visit. Mahakal Temple visit. Tibetan refugee camp visit. Peace Pagoda visit. Toy Train to Kurseong. Akshardham visit (Siliguri). Evening ghats visit (Varanasi). Sunris ...

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