This tour will take you through a journey of the British Empire which contributed immensely to the Indian railway system we see today, travel back in time as you discover some of the heritage railway journeys that still operate today in this majestic country.
There are three impressive mountain railway journey's to discover on this tour which include; the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and the Kalka Shimla Railway. You will experience all the sights and sounds in each of the destinations and have time to discover Delhi with a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi.
- Enjoy a joy ride from Ooty to Coonor on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway
- Visit Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery with toy train ride up to Ghoom in Darjeeling
- Discover Delhi with a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi taking in famous sites such as the Jama Masjid and the bustling Chandni Chowk
- Departs: london
- Arrives: cochin, India
- Departs: cochin, India
- Arrives: london
Indian Heritage Trains - a Classic Railway Journey
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- As Per Itinerary
- Experience the amazing railway system
- The Mountain Railways offers stunning views
- You will see various famous monuments
The British colonisation of India left behind many great things that contributed immensely to bringing India to where it stands globally in today's world. If there is one contribution that stands out and is still maintained and cherished as it was, to this very day, it would have to be a sprawling railway system that stands the test of time as an outstanding feat of engineering.
Though tracks span the length and breadth of the subcontinent, no part of the system is more impressive than the three mountain railways grouped as a single World Heritage site: the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and the Kalka Shimla Railway. These lines offer riders not only breath-taking views of the mountains but also an unmatched travel adventure in rugged mountainous terrain.
â¢ Cochin - St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Synagogue and Dutch Palace
â¢ Ooty - Tea Plantations, the Botanical Garden and St. Stephens Church
â¢ Mysore - Maharaja's Palace and Karanataka State Archives Department
â¢ Bangalore - Srirangapatnam,
â¢ Kolkata - Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral and explore the Park Street
â¢ Darjeeling - Views of the Kanchenjunga peaks, visit tea plantations and Ghoom Monastery
â¢ Shimla - Vice regal lodge, Gaiety Theatre or Christ Church
Day 1 - Arrive Cochin
Upon arrival in Cochin, you will be met and assisted by a representative and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast's spice trade.
Spend the evening at leisure. Stay overnight in Cochin.
Day 2 - Cochin
After breakfast, enjoy a half day of sightseeing around Cochin.
Visit the St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Synagogue and Dutch Palace.
In the evening witness the Classical Indian Dance Show - Kathakali, the classical drama of Kerala.
Stay overnight in Cochin.
Day 3 - Cochin - Coimbatore - Ooty
In the morning after breakfast, get your connection train to Coimbatore
Upon arrival in Coimbatore, drive to Ooty (84 kms / 3 Hrs).
Former summer capital of the Raj "Ooty" is popularly known as the Queen of Hill stations. It nestles in the Nilgiris (Blue Hills) near the junction of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, famous for its spectacular scenery and moderate climate. Ooty is a place for pleasant walks, boating on the lake and general relaxation.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Ooty.
Day 4 - Ooty
After breakfast, enjoy a joy ride from Ooty to Coonor on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railways
De-board at Coonor and drive back to Ooty. In Ooty, visit the Tea Plantations and Botanical Garden. End the tour with a visit to St. Stephens Church.
Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in Ooty.
Day 5 - Ooty - Mysore
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred in your private car to Mysore (165 kms / 4 Hrs)
Upon arrival in Mysore, check-in at the hotel.
Mysore is the second largest city in Karnataka and one of the finest in Southern India. Small, Easy-going, Famous for its silk and sandalwood. It is a city of fine gardens, tree-lined boulveards, art galleries and an intriguing palace. Mysore's ten day Dasara festival in September-October is still celebrated with medieval pagentary.
In the afternoon, enjoy a half day sightseeing around Mysore, visiting the Maharaja's Palace and Karanataka State Archives Department.
Your evening is free to stroll around the markets. Stay overnight in Mysore.
Day 6 - Mysore - Bangalore - Kolkata
After breakfast, drive to Bangalore (145 kms / 4 Hrs). Enroute visit Srirangapatnam - which is approx. 30 minutes' drive from Mysore stand the ruins of Hyder Ali's and Tipu sultan's capital, from which they ruled much of Southern India during the 18th century.
Upon arrival in Bangalore, connect your flight to Kolkata
On arrival in Kolkata, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Kolkata, the city that Dominique Lapierre so memorably called "The City of Joy" is indeed a joy to visit. The erstwhile capital of British India, Kolkata has been the gateway to India for the better part of the 19th
century. Alive with art and culture at every street corner, the city is dotted with historic temples, art centres, museums, botanical gardens and some of India's best restaurants.
Stay overnight in Kolkata.
Day 7 - Kolkata
In the morning after breakfast, enjoy sightseeing around Kolkata. Visit The Victoria Memorial, an impressive building that dates back to the days when the British ruled India, the Victoria Memorial is a memorial of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
Visit the St. Paul's Cathedral, constructed between 1839 and 847, the Cathedral is the principal place of worship for the Christians of Kolkata.
In the afternoon, explore the Park Street - The hugely famous as well as infamous promenade that was once the pleasure capital of British Empire.
Stay overnight in Kolkata.
Day 8 - Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
In the morning, board your flight to Bagdogra
Upon arrival in Bagdogra, drive to Darjeeling (65 kms / 3 Hrs).
On arrival in Darjeeling, check-in at the hotel.
Darjeeling has been a popular hill station since the British established it in the mid-1800s.With its idyllic setting, exhilarating climate and stunning views of the Kanchenjunga peaks it also attracts trekkers. It is a fascinating town where one can see Buddhist monasteries, visit tea plantations, bargain-hunt or go trekking.
Spend the evening at leisure, dinner will be offered at the hotel. Stay overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 9 - Darjeeling
Early in the morning visit Tiger Hill. Continue to Ghoom Monastery before returning to the hotel for breakfast,
After Breakfast take a toy train ride up to Ghoom and back (Subject to operation of this train and availability of the seats),
In the afternoon visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Your evening is at leisure, dinner will be offered at the hotel. Stay overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 10 - Darjeeling
After breakfast, visit "Margaret's Hope Tea Estate"
In the 1870's Mr. Cruikshank, the founder of Margaret's Hope Estate, became the first to plant tea on the south west ridge on the Balsun River. Without modern machinery this was a monumental task, but breathtaking views of a horizon where the Himalayas rise for miles out of the Kurseong Valley redoubled their efforts.
(On Monday at Tea Gardens there is no processing and during winter i.e. middle of Nov till Mar at Tea Gardens there is no plucking or processing)
In the afternoon visit the St. Andrew's church and Observatory
Your evening is at leisure, dinner will be offered at the hotel. Stay overnight in Darjeeling
Day 11 - Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi
After breakfast, drive back to Bagdogra airport to get your flight to Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, check-in at the hotel.
Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Stay overnight in New Delhi.
Day 12 - Delhi
After breakfast, you will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk.
In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and all the government buildings. Also visit the glorious Qutab Minar and the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in New Delhi.
Day 13 - Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla
In the morning after breakfast, connect your train to Chandigarh
Upon arrival in Chandigarh, drive to Shimla (114 kms / 4 Hrs). On arrival in Shimla, check-in at the hotel.
The British called Shimla the "Queen of Hill Stations." Situated in the northwest Himalayas, Shimla the summer capital of India before independence is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel. Stay overnight in Shimla.
Day 14 - Shimla
In the morning after breakfast, start your Shimla tour by visiting the Vice regal lodge, the place where the partition of India into two parts was planned on the world map.
After lunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll back along the Mall to Scandal Point. En route, it may be possible to have a quick look inside the Gaiety Theatre or Christ Church.
Alternatively find a spot for refreshments whilst viewing snow-capped Himalayan peaks (if weather is clear).
Stay overnight in Shimla.
Day 15 - Shimla - Kalka - Delhi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Shimla Railway Station to board the toy train to Solan
Upon arrival in Solan, drive to Kalka Station (48 kms / 2 Hrs) to connect train to Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight in New Delhi.
Day 16 - Depart Delhi
In the morning after breakfast, check out and you will be transferred in your private car to Delhi International airport to connect flight for onward destination.
Great holiday; a good opportunity to sample a range of sights and cultures from South to North India. Pickups, transfers and tours were 100% reliable and on time. Outstanding hotels were the Savoy at Ooty, and The Maidens in Delhi, The Clarkes Oberoi in Shimla and Cedar Inn in Darjeeling. We were...
Bernard Huckstep reviewing Indian Heritage Trains - a Classic Railway Journey (07-Apr-2016)
£2669 per person
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