Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 17 nights in premium accommodation
- The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
- 38 meals – Enjoy 17 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 17 Dinners
- Flights within India and Nepal
- Airport transfers, tipping, internal flights and porterage
Travel & Accommodation
Join thousands of pilgrims who venture to Varanasi every year in search of spiritual and religious guidance.
See India by Rail
Journey through India's diverse landscapes by rail, from lush tea country, to bustling cities and mountain scenery.
Chitwan National Park
A Jeep journey through Chitwan National Park affords a closer look at Bengal tigers, leopards, sloth bears and wild dogs.
Map & Itinerary
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Rail Itinerary operated with our partner Great Rail Journeys
- Prices include transfers, tipping, internal flights and porterage
- Prices are for land/rail and internal flights as specified only
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Your adventure begins today as you arrive in the Indian city of Amritsar. Meet your Great Rail Journey Tour Escort at tonight's welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. Afterwards, witness the Palki Ceremony, an atmospheric tradition where the Sikh Holy Book is paraded through a crowd of worshippers and ‘put to bed’.
Stay: Two Nights, Amritsar, Radisson Blu HotelDaily :
After a welcome briefing set off on a guided tour of Amritsar including the stunning Golden Temple, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India's most beautiful sights.
This afternoon, you’ll visit Jallianwala Bagh Gardens, an important memorial site. Later head to the Wagah Border to witnesss the ceremony marking the lowering of both countries’ flags. This evening enjoy a dinner at your hotel.Daily :
Today enjoy time at leisure. This evening travel on the Shatabdi Express train to Delhi.
Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj PalaceDaily :
Set off on a rickshaw ride through Delhi’s lively bazaar.
Today you’ll take a tour through the historic streets and colourful markets of Old Delhi before moving on to New Delhi to see India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar.Daily :
Visit one of the finest Mughal forts in India, Agra Fort, before crossing the city to see the spectacular Taj Mahal at sunset.
After breakfast, board the early Gatimaan Express train to Agra.
Stay: Doubletree by Hilton HotelDaily :
Travel by coach to the city of Lucknow. Check into your hotel where you'll enjoy a delicious dinner this evening.
Stay: Two Nights, Lucknow, Vivanta by TajDaily :
Today, set off on an included sightseeing tour of Lucknow and take in all of its incredible landmarks. Then head to the famous La Martiniere Boys’ School, founded by an endowment from Major-General Claude Martin. Afterwards, proceed to the moving British Residency, which is the site of the tragic siege of 1857.Daily :
Your final train journey of the tour takes you to Varanasi, the Hindu’s sacred city. It attracts thousands of pilgrims a year and is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. Tonight, watch the spectacular Aarti fire ceremony at the Ghats (steps) on the banks of the River Ganges.
Stay: Varanasi, The Gateway Hotel GangesDaily :
This morning, experience sunrise during a boat ride on the River Ganges.
Hindus flock to the river at sunrise to cleanse themselves of their sins, creating one of the most spectacular sights in India. Later, take an excursion to Sarnath, now considered to be the place where Buddhism began. This afternoon, board your included flight to Delhi where you will spend the evening.
Stay: Delhi, Pride Plaza AerocityDaily :
Today, fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, check-in to the Gokarna Forest Resort, located in the peaceful forests just outside the city. This afternoon, explore the fantastic Boudhanath Stupa, the largest in the world, adorned with Nepalese prayer flags. Later, visit the Thangka Painting School and a local art gallery.
Stay: Two Nights, Kathmandu, Gokarna Forest ResortDaily :
Explore Kathmandu and Patan’s historic Durbar Squares, the social, religious and urban hub of the cities.
Immerse yourself in the history of Kathmandu with an Insider Experience. Tonight, go for dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant.Daily :
Leave the city today and drive west to Chitwan National Park, stopping for lunch. Chitwan is home to an incredibly diverse variety of wildlife, including rhinos, sloth bears, leopards, crocodiles and of course, the elusive Bengal tiger. Later this afternoon, head to the ethnic village of Tharu on ox cart and take part in an interesting discussion with local naturalists.
Stay: Two Nights, Chitwan, Junglw Villa ResortDaily :
Set out on a Jeep safari through Chitwan National Park. Keep an eye out for rhino and the incredible tigers.
After breakfast, head to Rapti River to witness the delight of elephants bathing. Lunch is back at your hotel. Take a canoe ride on the river to look for two breeds of crocodile and a variety of bird species. Later, set off on a jungle walk through the National Park and pay a visit to the Gharial Breeding Centre.Daily :
This morning, drive back towards the Himalayas, past turquoise glacial rapids and jungle-covered peaks to Pokhara. Set on the shores of Lake Phewa, Pokhara is undoubtedly one of the world’s most scenic places. Stay for three nights at the Fish Tail Lodge, set on a peaceful island in Lake Phewa and accessible only by boat.
Stay: Three Nights, Pokhara, Fish Tail LodgeDaily :
With a free day in Pokhara, explore this picturesque city at your own leisurely pace. Perhaps take a stroll along the shores of Lake Phewa, or spend some time being pampered at your hotel’s spa.Daily :
Today, you will drive up to Sarangkot, a mountain viewpoint that offers the once-in-a-lifetime experience of witnessing the incredible sunrise over the Himalayas.
After breakfast, explore Pokhara and visit Davi’s Waterfall and the Gurkha Museum, where you’ll have the chance to chat with an ex-British Army Gurkha. Then, embark on an early evening cruise on Lake Phewa to watch the sunset over Fish Tail Peak.Daily :
Today you'll drive through the rolling terrain back to Kathmandu where you will check-in to your hotel. After a free afternoon, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel restaurant.
Stay: Kathmandu, Radisson HotelDaily :
Today you’ll return to Kathmandu Airport for your return flight home.Daily :
In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.