India has immense cultural, religious, linguistic and geographic diversity that makes this country the most fascinating destinations for travel. Experiencing this diversity by travelling extensively by trains from one of the world’s largest railway networks enhances the satisfaction as travelling by Indian Railways is both fascinating and challenging. To get firsthand experience of this captivating journey our tour covers some enchanting cities from North to South, from the serene atmosphere of the Golden Temple in Amritsar to the beautiful backwaters of Kerala.

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Our unique experience starts with a visit to Amritsar, the heart of Sikhism, before taking the tracks of India’s extensive railway network to down south where relaxing on the houseboat on Kerala’s serene backwaters provides a befitting finale to the long experiential tour. On the way we delve deep into India’s fascinating colonial and Mughal history in Delhi and Agra, experience the grandeur of the Rajputs in the Pink city of Jaipur, watch the hectic life in Mumbai, relax on the golden beaches of Goa, enjoy the calmness of Mysore, track Bengal Tigers in the jungles of Karnataka and cool down in perfect weather of the hill resorts of Tamil Nadu.

Tour Highlights

  • Amritsar – experience captivating atmosphere of the Golden Temple- highest seat of Sikhism in the wo
  • Delhi – appreciate the Mughal and Colonial Architecture.
  • Jaipur – ride the elephant to Amber Fort.
  • Agra – watch the sun dawning on Taj Mahal.
  • Bandipur National Park – drive through the jungle to track the Bengal Tiger.
  • Kerala Backwaters – enjoy the boat ride on serene waters.

Tour Itinerary

  • Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.

  • DAY 01 - Amritsar

    The tour starts from Amritsar. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon is free. Optional visit to the Golden Temple, the top Sikh shrine, to experience the impressive evening ceremony. Overnight Overnight Train

  • DAY 02 - Amritsar

    Visit Golden Temple and Jalianwallah Bagh and return to hotel. Afternoon, witness ‘Flag Down’ ceremony at Wagah Border (with) Pakistan. Evening transfer to railway station for train to Delhi. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 03 - Delhi

    Morning, arrive in Delhi and transfer to hotel. After breakfast, travel by local metro train and cycle rickshaws to visit Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Rest of the day free to explore the city further. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 04 - Agra

    This morning visit Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Drive past Parliament House Building, President’s Palace and other Government buildings. Visit India Gate before transfer to Nizamuddin Station for afternoon train on to Agra. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 05 - Agra

    This morning visit the scintillating Taj Mahal at sunrise. Early afternoon, visit Agra Fort. Late afternoon is free for further exploration of this historical city. Overnight Overnight Train

  • DAY 06 - Jaipur

    In the morning drive to Jaipur, also known as 'The City of Victory'. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. In the evening, explore the colorful bazaars of Jaipur in the ‘Pink City’ area. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 07 - Jaipur

    After breakfast drive to the ancient capital of Amer famous for its massive Amber Fort. Experience elephant ride, an experience to remember for a long time, to reach the Fort situated on the hill. Next, visit Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 08 - Jaipur

    This morning spend free time to explore markets and winding streets of Jaipur. Later drive to train station to board the overnight express to Mumbai, India's commercial powerhouse on the western coast. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 09 - Mumbai

    Today morning visit Gateway of India. Thereafter, visit Gandhi Memorial Museum and Dhabi Ghat and drive along Marine Drive, the ‘Queen’s Necklace’ of Mumbai. Enjoy Bollywood dancing at a Bollywood Dancing School. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 10 - Goa

    Depart by very early morning train to Goa, following the Konkan Railway. Check in late afternoon and enjoy free evening to explore some beaches the place is famous for. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 11 - Goa

    Have a relaxed start to the day with free morning. In the afternoon take a walk around the city of Panjim. If you wish to spend some time on the beach it is just a short taxi ride away. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 12 - Goa

    After breakfast drive to a local spice plantation to learn, in a guided tour, a little of the spices and plants that grow amongst these fertile landscapes. Afternoon transfer to the station for overnight train to Bengaluru. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 13 - Mysore

    Arrive in Bengaluru early this morning and take time to freshen up. Breakfast in a nearby restaurant. Continue by road to Mysore. En route, visit cocoon trading centre and a jaggery manufacturing unit. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 14 - Mysore

    Today drive up the Chamundi Hill to see Chamundeshwary Temple and the enormous monolithic sculpture of the sacred bull, Nandi. Return to enjoy grandeur of Mysore Palace. Afternoon free for personal exploration. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 15 - Bandipur

    After a free morning to relax, take short drive to Bandipur National Park. This evening go for a nature walk to soak in the atmosphere of the jungle before attending a short lecture on wildlife in the park. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 16 - Bandipur

    Early start and a game drive in search of the mighty Bengal tiger. Afternoon, another game drive to increase chances of sighting tigers and other wild animals like elephants, gaurs, wild boars and birdlife. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 17 - Ooty

    Today, drive to Ooty (Udagamandalam). Check into hotel and spend time enjoying the beauty of this hill station. Afternoon is free for personal experiences in this small hilly town. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 18 - Kochi

    Today, take historic railway down to Coonoor, a journey of just over an hour. Continue journey by road to Coimbatore. At Coimbatore join a train again and continue to Ernakulum and drive to hotel in Kochi. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 19 - Alleppy

    This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast and check-out for a two-hour drive to Alleppy. Board houseboat and begin cruise along Kerala backwaters. Overnight, stay in the middle of Vembanad Lake. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 20 - Kochi

    After breakfast on the moving boat, disembark and prepare for drive back to Kochi. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi, visit Mattancherry Palace, the Jewish synagogue and St Francis church. Also explore Kochi, its bazaars and old harbour area. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 21 - Kochi

    The tour ends after breakfast. Departure transfer to the airport for flights to respective destinations.

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