15 Days Across India's Incredible Sights
No country can truly compare to India with its varied landscapes, rich culture, chaotic cities, mouth watering cuisine and breathtaking temples. Home to one of the largest railway networks in the world that is truly the backbone of this country’s transport system, travellers can experience so much of this sub-continent by trains.
Take comfort in knowing that fabulous Darjeeling Express private train is operated with a RASK Travel level of five-star service, with every little detail taken care of for you so that you can sit back and enjoy this extraordinary experience. Such a unique journey has just one departure scheduled for 2019, so we recommend reserving your charming cabin as early as possible.
MUMBAI – UDAIPUR – JAIPUR – DELHI – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA – VARANASI – DARJEELING – KOLKATA
Days 1 – 3: Mumbai
As you arrive to Mumbai International airport you will be greeted and chauffeured to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel – quite possibly India’s most prestigious hotel, where you will reside throughout your time in Mumbai in a room with delightful views of the Arabian Sea.
The following morning enjoy a short cruise to Elephanta Island – famous for its caves that were designed as a tribute to the Hindu god Lord Shiva. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is believed to be over 1500 years old. After returning to the city, a lunch at Mumbai’s famous Trishna seafood restaurant awaits you. Why not spend the afternoon in a colourful market before attending the welcome drinks reception and dinner where you will have the chance to meet the other travellers who will embark on this fantastic rail journey with you.
On your final day in Mumbai a tour guide will take you to see the Dhobi Ghats, Fort Bombay and Gandhi’s House which is now a museum to this great Indian figure. Board your private train for the first time in the afternoon, and get acquainted with your hospitable crew and en-suite private cabin as you depart for your next destination.
Day 4: Udaipur
Before arriving to Udaipur you have the chance to hear a talk on Indian culture to help you get familiar with your new surroundings. Udaipur is the ‘City of Lakes’ with breathtaking majestic palaces that date back to the Rajput era. Enjoy an afternoon admiring the marble Lake Palace, set on its own island, and the splendour of the medieval City Palace.
Day 5: Jaipur
Known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its colourful appearance, Jaipur plays an important cultural part within Rajasthan. Visit the Amber Fort, have lunch in a local restaurant, tour the Jantar Mantar Observatory, the Hawa Mahal and fabric market. In the evening dine in the opulent 19th Century Rambagh Palace Hotel where in true maharajah style you will be welcomed with an ‘aarti’ and ‘tikka’ ceremony with traditional Rajasthani music. Fireworks and a barbecue will add to the celebratory atmosphere and provide a perfect backdrop for your dinner served on the outdoor lawns.
Day 6: Delhi
An informative city tour will explain and display all the wonders that India’s capital has to offer including the Raj Ghat Memorial and Humayun’s Tomb.
Day 7: Fatehpur Sikri
Following breakfast served in the on-board restaurant you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri – a ‘ghost city’ abandoned just a short while after its conception in the 16th Century.
The afternoon will take you to Agra Fort before continuing on towards Agra – the home of the legendary Taj Mahal.
Day 8: Taj Mahal (Agra)
The Taj Mahal is quite possibly the most iconic building in India, and definitely a must-see whilst in India’s northern regions. Taking 22 years and 20,000 labourers, this mausoleum for the Mughal Emporor Shah Jahan’s wife is a domineering marble wonder on the south bank of the Yamuna river.
Day 9: Varanasi
Varanasi is a deeply spiritual and holy place for Hindu pilgrims drawn to what many historians believe to be the world’s oldest continually inhabited city. Its location on the Ganges River inspires pilgrims to bathe in its sacred waters and to perform funeral rituals. Explore the city with a guided walking tour and a private river cruise.
Days 10-12: Darjeeling
To begin your journey to Darjeeling we will need to disembark our train and travel either by bus (3-4hrs) or the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for 6hrs on its narrow 2ft narrow-gauge track.
Your winding ride through this hilly region will provide breathtaking views as you feel the air getting progressively cooler as you ascend. After arriving in Darjeeling enjoy dinner at the quaint and genteel Hotel Mayfair where you will stay for 3 nights.
On your first full day in Darjeeling ride the railway to Batasia Loop and Ghum, take in the chaotic wonder of roadside life before enjoying a tour of grandeur colonial life in Darjeeling. Visit a Tibetan refugee centre and the Himalayan Institute.
The following day watch the sun rise over the Himalayan mountains’ snow-capped peaks – including Mount Everest. The afternoon will take you to a tea plantation for quite possibly the freshest tea you could possibly drink!
Day 13: Darjeeling to Kolkata
A private transfer following breakfast will take you to Bagdogra airport for a brief flight to Kolkata. From your seat take a moment to look down from the sky onto the lush green tea plantations for a memorable flight experience. Upon landing, a transfer will take you to the fabulous Taj Bengal hotel for your two-night stay in Kolkata.
Day 14-15: Kolkata
After waking up in this vibrant city enjoy breakfast and then use the day to explore some of the local cultural gems. A tour will include the Victoria Memorial, Dalhousie Square and the South Park Cemetery. In the evening a farewell dinner will mark the beginning of the end of your memorable adventure.
The following day you will be transferred, after breakfast, to Kolkata airport to begin your outward journey home.
Departure Dates: February 7th – 21st 2019
$14,995 – Single Occupancy
$22,495 – Double Occupancy
$29,995 – Single Occupancy
$44,995 – Double Occupancy
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