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From its bustling cities and kaleidoscopic bazaars to its spectacular wildlife and sublime architecture, India is a truly captivating destination.

Rail Tours in India

Discover the Jewels and Treasures of India by train

The pristine whiteness of the Taj Mahal, the orange and black of a rare Bengal tiger, the pink city of Jaipur and the blue edifices of Jodhpur, the leafy green tiers of a fertile tea plantation; India is a veritable kaleidoscope of colours just waiting to be explored. And you can experience them in style and comfort on an escorted tour with Great Rail Journeys, on an unforgettable adventure in a land which is both exotic and, in places, surprisingly familiar.

In this section we've gathered together all our tours to India, allowing you to discover exactly which adventure is right for you. From the backwaters of Kerala and the ancient wonders of northern India's Golden Triangle, to the dramatic mystery of the Himalayas.

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India's Golden Triangle

The kaleidoscopic sights of this colourful country take your breath away. Our Indian rail tour takes in the Red and Amber Forts, historic temples, beautiful palaces and ornate gardens, as we visit Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its white marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

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2019Oct

12 days from $2,935 pp

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Five-Star India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers & Shimla

Marvel at historic temples, spot an elusive tiger and visit beautiful palaces and gardens as we explore kaleidoscopic India, taking in the tranquillity of Shimla, enigmatic Delhi, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur and Agra with its resplendent marble icon, the Taj Mahal.

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2019SepOctNovDec
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12 days from $2,305 pp

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India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari

This amazing adventure through historic India takes us to some of the glorious country's most exciting sights. On our fascinating journey we discover thriving cities, spectacular forts, and have a chance to see a tiger in the wild, culminating with a night in a 200-year-old palace.

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2019OctNov

10 days from $2,255 pp

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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai

Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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2020FebMarAprMaySepOctNov

10 days from $1,365 pp

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India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan

Magnificent palaces and forts are waiting to be discovered on this Indian rail adventure aboard the Palace on Wheels train. Experience the lifestyle of the Maharajahs as we visit walled cities, marvel at the astonishing Taj Mahal and enjoy tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park.

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2019OctNov

14 days from $9,515 pp

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Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Explore the highlights of India and Nepal on this grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful ceremonies, a game drive, and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara on this adventurous tour.

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2019OctNov
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18 days from $3,895 pp

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Darjeeling & the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

On this incredible adventure packed with ancient traditions and treasures, we explore colourful Kolkata, before travelling in to the Himalayan foothills and onwards to Bhutan - the sole surviving Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystique, and steeped in history.

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2019OctNov

14 days from $5,885 pp

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Kerala & Exotic Southern India

During this truly unforgettable tour of southern India, we visit the cities, temples and tea plantations of the Tamil Nadu region before heading to Kerala. We explore the captivating city of Kochi, relax on Kerala's beaches and cruise through the backwaters of Vambanad Lake.

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2019Oct
2020FebOct

14 days from $3,145 pp

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Spectacular Southern India

Discover the exotic majesty of India's southern regions on a tour which ventures into jungles and along coastlines, uncovering colours, tastes and sights from some of India's least explored destinations. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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2020FebMarSepOct

13 days from $1,795 pp

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To Kerala on the Konkan Railway

Embark on this incredible adventure travelling south along India's west coast by rail. Explore an array of India's most impressive sights, from bustling Mumbai and the old port of Mangaluru, as we travel on the famous Konkan Railway.

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2019Oct

14 days from $3,935 pp

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Ranthambore & India's Golden Triangle

Explore the glorious country of India on this tour, taking you to some of it's most beautiful cities, discovering the most exquisite historical sights, and perhaps seeing a tiger at Ranthambore National Park. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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Spirit of the Himalaya

Venture into the spectacular Himalayan Mountains on this tour which celebrates the best that this stunning mountain range, and the country of India have to offer. Discover ancient mountains, Tibetan mysticism and colourful cities.

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Indian Trains

Discover the fantastic railways of India. It should come as no surprise that we love railways and we know many of you do too! That's why our tours feature some of the most iconic railways and trains on the continent.

India's Highlights

Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal, Agra

Perfectly framed by its immaculate gardens, the iconic Taj Mahal is a sublime vision in polished white marble, with a sentimental history almost as captivating as the structure itself.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

A short distance from the pink city walls of Jaipur lies the golden-hued Amber Fort, an extensive palace complex in the 16th century and now a well-deserved UNESCO site.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

One of the best places in the world to spot wild tigers, lucky visitors to Ranthambore National Park can spy the elusive Bengal tiger basking in the sun or sauntering through the wilderness.

India's Culture

Indian culture and cuisine is widely known, yet little understood. Obviously for such a large country, there will be diversity as you travel from province to province but there are still few key factors to bear in mind.

Cuisine

India's cuisine has been shaped over centuries by different cultures and civilizations. Although every region in India has its own distinctive cuisine the common feature is the use of spices. 

Traditions

Often-times in India, traditions are honoured through age-old festivals and holy days. Holi is the country's festival of colour, and is one of the biggest events in the calendar for Hindus.  Diwali is marked in late autumn on the night of a new moon, and is the Hindu festival of light. 

Haggling in India

Indian markets have a thriving bargaining culture which is not just accepted, but welcomed. When negotiating with a street merchant never accept the first price you are offered, which could be ten or even twenty times the price they will settle for.

Key Facts of India

  • Language - Hindi
  • Currency - Rupee (INR)
  • Visa Requirement - Yes
  • Time zone - +5 hours 30mins
  • Flight Time - 8.5 hours approx
  • Vaccinations needed - Yes
  • Climate - Tropical/Humid
  • Tipping - Yes
  • Best time to visit - October to March

Trains of India

It's often the case on an escorted rail tour with Great Rail Journeys, that the train travel between towns and cities is as enjoyable and memorable an aspect of the tour as the destinations themselves. India is no exception. Enjoy the full range of Indian rail experiences on offer, from the convenient and reliable Shatabdi Express to the exalted journey offered by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Dating back to the 19th century, the delightful Darjeeling Himalayan Railway uses innovative engineering to make its steep ascent into the Himalayas. The train travels across 54 miles of incredible narrow-gauge track before climbing to India's highest railway station, Ghum, which stands at a staggering elevation of 7,218 feet.

Shatabdi Express

The Shatabdi Express

The Shatabdi Express offers one of the highest standards of rail travel in India. A modern, clean and efficient service that is the pride of its operator, we travel in comfortable, fully air conditioned chair class, undoubtedly the best way to travel across this dynamic destination.

Konkan Railway

The Konkan Railway

Connecting Mumbai and Mangalore, the 460-mile Konkan Railway is characterised by stunning scenery, a combination of winding rivers, imposing mountains and lush dells. An architectural marvel, the railway was created by Indian engineers in a project of unprecedented scale and is a testament to human engineering and the natural world.

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