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Moghul Express

Departing: Kolkata, India - 16 days
Countries visited: India

Experience the diverse landscapes, cultures and colours of India on our Moghul Express journey which will capture it all! Beginning in the former capital of British India you will take in the classic colonial British Hill Station and endless tea plantations of Darjeeling, the fascinating daily rituals of Varanasi and the impressive desert forts of Rajasthan before reaching the colour and chaos of Delhi.

  

 

Itinerary


Days 1-3. Kolkata (Calcutta)

Begin your journey Kolkata (AT). Sprawling along the eastern bank of the Hoogly River, framed by the Howrah Bridge and the Vidysassagar Setu, is the former capital of British India, Kolkata, the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought.

In the evening of Day 3 you board the train that will carry you to the cool mountain air of Darjeeling. 

Suggested sightseeing: Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Kali Temple Dalhousie Square, Planetarium. 

Days 4-5. Darjeeling
Arrive into New Jalpaigudi Station, Darjeeling early in the morning (AT). The West Bengal town of Darjeeling is a classic colonial British Hill Station, surrounded by tea plantations overlooking the massive snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas.

In the afternoon on Day 5 you rejoin the train bound for India's holiest city, Varanasi.

Suggested Sightseeing:Ghum Monastery, visit a tea plantation, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum, Tibetan Refugee Centre, walk to Tiger Hill.

Days 6-7. Varanasi
Early morning arriving into Varanasi and transfer to your hotel (AT). Varanasi one of the oldest cities in the world, has been a cultural and religious centre of thousands of years and is still today one of the holiest places in India. An important place of pilgrimage for Hindus who come from all over the country to was away their sins in the holy waters, cleanse themselves mentally, physically and spiritually and to cremate their loved ones.
Dawn is when Varanasi is most alive, take in an early morning walk or a boat trip and watch the rising sun illuminate hundreds of pilgrims praying and performing daily rituals on the ghats of the Ganges, it is truly an unforgettable experience.

In the evening of Day 7 you board your overnight train to Agra.

Suggested Sightseeing:Sunrise boat trip, Vishwanath Temple, Old Town, Aarti Ceremony.

Days 8-9. Agra and to Jaipur
Watch the sunrise as you arrive into Agra (AT) in the early hours of the morning. Best known as home to the awe inspiring Taj Mahal, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful structures ever created and a highlight of any trip to India. The stunning mausoleum. several other beautiful buildings, extensive ornamental gardens and reflective pools of this complex will surpass all your expectations.
Late afternoon on Day 9 rejoin the train to continue your journey to Jaipur arriving later that evening.(AT)

Suggested Sightseeing: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikandra, Fatehpur Sikri, city markets.

Days 10-11.Jaipur
You have arrived at the "Pink City" the colourful capital of Rajasthan. Here old and new exist in some kind of chaotic harmony, buses dodge ambling camels and cycle rickshaw's leisurely go about their day in amongst swarms of zooming motorbikes. Yet in amongst daily life of Jaipur the gems of the city's majestic past continue to sparkle and shine.

Late evening on Day 11 board your overnight train to Jaisalmer.

Suggested Sightseeing: Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory.

Days 12-13. Jaisalmer
Mid morning arrival and transfer to your hotel (AT). Welcome to the Golden City, straight out if an Arabian Nights fable. Surrounded by the barren Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is constructed almost entirely of sandstone and is home to one of the finest forts in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort.
Late afternoon on Day 13 board your final overnight train on your Moghul Express journey bound for India's capital, Delhi.

Suggested Sightseeing: Jaisalmer Fort, Fort Palace Museum, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Sadar Bazaar, Badal Palace Complex, Tazia Tower, boat ride on Gadi Sagar Lake.

Days 14-16. Delhi - Journey Concludes
Arrive into Delhi mid morning and transfer to your hotel (AT).

Welcome to Delhi, a city that encapsulates two very different worlds of old and new. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is now a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling hovels and formidable mosques. In absolute contrast, the spacious New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British and is filled with tree lined avenues and imposing government buildings. A fitting end to this diverse journey of India.

Suggested Sightseeing: Old Delhi, India Gate, Chandi Chowk, Red Fort, Quutab Minar, Jama Masjib, Bahai Temple, Gandhi National Museum.

**Please contact our Travel Advisors for current prices and departures. 
 

Essentials

Accommodation
Hotels - 10 nights (twin share)
Train - 5 nights (6-berth)

Transfers
(AT) = Arrival transfer included.

Sightseeing & Meals
The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included nor are meals. You are free to arrange this locally or we can arrange this for you in advance separately.