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India & The Undiscovered Himalaya

(Tour code: NXJ6)The majesty of India & the Himalaya by train

Explore the ultimate highlights of North India on this once-in-a-lifetime tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful buildings, temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful and moving ceremonies, the Himalayas painted orange by the sunrise on Tiger Hill and the majesty of Darjeeling and Sikkim, enjoying a journey on the UNESCO listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Tour Highlights
  • The Golden Temple of Amritsar
  • Kalimpong
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Old and New Delhi
  • Varanasi & the Holy Ganges
  • Tiger Hill
  • Darjeeling & the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Colonial Calcutta
  • Lucknow
  • Gangtok, Sikkim
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Jouney on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    16 nights' accommodation
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

The Golden Temple at Amritsar
Days 1-4

London to Amritsar & Delhi

We fly from London to Amritsar, arriving on Day 2. Tonight we head to the Golden Temple for the Palki Ceremony, and on Day 3 we enjoy a guided tour before travelling by train to Delhi which we explore on Day 4.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Excursions
  • Day 2,3,4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Agra Fort
Days 5-7

Agra, the Taj Mahal & to Lucknow

Today we board the early train to Agra to see Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal at sunset. We continue to Lucknow on Day 6, once a key city of the British Raj. On arrival we visit the famous La Martiniere boys' school. On Day 7, we stop at the magnificent Imambara before proceeding to the British Residency, site of the tragic siege of 1857.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Agra Fort & Taj Mahal
Days 8-9

Varanasi: sunrise on the Ganges

We travel by rail to Varanasi. Tonight we watch the Aarti Fire Ceremony on the banks of the Ganges ahead of a sunrise boat ride on Day 9. We then explore the Old City, followed by an excursion to Sarnath. We then fly to Kolkata.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Aarti Fire Ceremony
  • Sunrise boat ride
  • Old City & Sarnath
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
Days 10-11

Varanasi to Kolkata

Day 10 is spent in Kolkata. On Day 11 we visit the Kolkata flower market and the Victoria Memorial before continuing by rail to Siliguri.

  • Excursions
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Darjeeling & the Himalayan Railway
Days 12-13

Darjeeling & the Himalayan Railway

We visit the Salagura Monastery this morning before taking the spectacular Darjeeling Himalayan Railway up to Darjeeling from Kurseong. On Day 13 we have an early morning start to visit Tiger Hill and witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. We travel by Toy Train to visit the Ghum Monastery.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 14


Kalimpong is our stop today as we experience its renowned flower nurseries and enjoy an afternoon city tour. We then continue to Zang Dog Monastery.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Zang Dog monastery
  • Tharpa monastery
  • Thongsa Gumpa
Days 15-16


After breakfast in the hotel we travel to Gangtok at 1750m. On Day 16 we take a full-day tour of Gangtok, when we see the Rumtek and Enchey Monasteries.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Days 17-18

Delhi & home

We drive to Bagdogra for our flight to Delhi, staying overnight. On Day 18 we fly to London from Delhi International.

  • Scheduled flights
  • Day 17 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 18 - Breakfast

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