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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 colors just waiting to be explored. And you can experience them in style and comfort on an escorted vacation 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 Tigers & Palaces
(29 reviews)
2020JanFebMarSepOctNov
11 days from
$1,265 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsDelhi
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India's Palace on Wheels
(24 reviews)
2020JanFebMarOctNov
14 days from
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsDelhi
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Grand Tour of India & Nepal
(25 reviews)
2020FebMarAprSepOctNov
18 days from
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  • DestinationIndia, Nepal
  • Starts / EndsAmritsar / Kathmandu
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Kerala & Exoctic Southern India
(9 reviews)
2020FebOct
14 days from
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsBangalore / Chennai
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Taj Mahal, Agra
2020JanFebMarAprSep...
13 days from
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsDelhi
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Tigers, the Taj Mahal and Mumbai
2020FebMarAprMaySep...
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Operated by Rail Discoveries Value Tour
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsDelhi / Mumbai
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14 days from
$4,275
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  • DestinationBhutan, India
  • Starts / EndsKolkata
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Ranthambore National Park
2020FebMarMaySepOctNov
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$705 pp
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsDelhi / Jaipur
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Royal Palace, Mysore
2020FebSepOct
13 days from
$1,385 pp
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Operated by Rail Discoveries Value Tour
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  • DestinationIndia
  • Starts / EndsBangalore / Cochin
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India's Golden Triangle & Tiger Safari
Mr G Tagg
“Everything is very well arranged and organised with all excursions coordinated to the very last detail.
India's Palace on Wheels & Ultimate Rajasthan
Mrs A Liggett
“The tour was absolutely excellent. The accommodation, the restaurants chosen, the itinerary, were all superb as were the guides everywhere.
Kerala & Exotic Southern India
Mrs P Emmett
“Very well planned itinerary with lots of interesting places and happenings.
Grand Tour of India & Nepal
Anonymous
“The flights with Jet Airways were not comfortable and the food was not great. This is separate from the issues with the airlines impending insolvency, it was to do with the lack of comfortable seating and legroom on the plane- and I’m a short person.

Indian Trains

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 Railroad.

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 color, and is one of the biggest events in the calendar for Hindus.  Diwali is marked in late fall 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
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