Home  Itinerary  Terms and Conditions  About Us  Affiliated Partners  On-Line Booking  Contact Us

Tour Features

Included in our package price are:

Accommodation in some of India’s most
   luxurious hotels (Five star or highest standard 
   locally available)
All ground transportation
Professionally guided tours
Entrance fees to sites
Cultural shows and theme dinners
Twenty four hour café serving complimentary  
   coffee and tea (on train only)
Three meals served daily with purified water
All railway porter services
Full security staff on board train
Air conditioned sleeping berths
Seminars on Indian cultural topics (TBA) and
Pre destination orientations
Medical support team
Overnight camel safari
Five day Trans-Himalaya Safari with option of
   jeep tour or Himalaya trekking

Click map to see larger interactive version

Added Features
Also available at a nominal cost while
traveling on the train:

Astrologers and palm readers
Money exchange
Souvenir and snack shop

Not included in our price are:
Visas, passports, travel insurance, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages and anything not mentioned above.

We have reserved the entire train exclusively for this trip. Catered meals feature Indian, Continental, and East Asian cuisine. Menu options are vegetarian or non- vegetarian, which includes chicken, egg, and fish (where available). Itinerary & activities are subject to minor changes. A dossier including the most current maps and itinerary, a list of what to bring, and other pertinent travel information will be issued when we receive your payment. We are confident that you will leave India with stories to tell, photographs to share, and a lifetime of memories.

Won’t you please join us for the premiere
tour “Passage through India!”

All the Best from Earth Forum Events



1 August
Arrive in Delhi. Relax at the hotel and enjoy
“Dances of India” show. Afternoon, tour Old Delhi. Included are visits to the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque, Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb and more, as time permits. Dinner at the hotel accompanied by a ten piece orchestra with Qawali singing in the Mughal tradition.
2 August
After breakfast, tour New Delhi, the last capital of the British Raj. Lunch while “Darbar ke Navratan a Jugal” band performs. Afternoon, visit India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidents’ House), Qutab Minar. Dinner and dramatic presentation of a mock Hindu wedding.
3 August
Arrive in Agra. Tour of Agra includes visit to world’s greatest monument to love the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Emperor Akbar’s garden mausoleum at Sikandra.
4 August
Arrive in Jaipur. Traditional welcome with tilak. Sightseeing in the old (pink) city, the heart of Rajput chivalry. Evening of Rajasthani hospitality featuring regional cuisine at an ethnic village resort.
5-6 August
Late afternoon venture into the desert by camel. Surprisingly well populated and dotted with ruins you will encounter shepherd boys herding their flocks and young girls picking berries. Besides the wind only the tinkling bells fitted to the sheep and goats’ necks break the desert silence. Dinner is prepared and camp is set up. At the Sam sand dunes the stars shine brilliantly and the camel drivers’ stories enchant around the warm campfire. Wake to the call of “chai” and after tea and a light breakfast return to Jaisalmer. (see link on left hand column of this page)
7 August
Arrive Ahmedabad. See the blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles termed “Indo-Saracenic”. Visit some of the excellent local museums or the Sabarmati Ashram which was Gandhi’s headquarters during the struggle for Indian independence.
8-9 August
Arrive Goa. This former Portuguese enclave is a delightful place to relax for a couple of days. The coconut palms and sunny sandy beaches of Goa are a natural tropical treat. Enjoy a dinner-show with a folkloric production of the colorful Goan carnival a unique mix of Indian and Latin cultures.
10-11 August
Arrive Thiruvananpuram. Elephant marches, boat races, and demonstration of Kalarippayattu (Kerala’s indigenous martial art form) are all possibilities for this stop. You will certainly appreciate tonight’s gala dinner and the Kathakali dance performance which features elaborate makeup, painted masks and even special eye drops which turn the performers’ eyes bloodshot red.
12-13 August
Arrive Chennai. Yet another night of south Indian dances combined with a traditional south Indian meal served on banana leaves which will tantalize your taste buds. What a life!
14 August
Arrive Hampi. Tour the palace complex ruins of Vijayanagar. About 600 years ago this place was the site of an ascendant empire, one of the largest in Indian history. Reputedly populated by 500,000 people, it was heavily fortified and maintained a mercenary army of more one million soldiers. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy live performances at Mallagi guesthouse.
August 15
Arrive Hyderabad/Secunderabad. Lunch. Tour the extensive Salar Jung museum. 35,000 exhibits make up one man's collection. From all over the world this museum includes religious and devotional objects, woodcarvings, sculptures, weaponry, manuscripts and over 50,000 books.
16-17 August
Arrive Puri. This is one of the four (dhams) holiest places for Hindu pilgrimage. It is also a charming seaside resort with a fine beach. Gala dinner and cultural show in front of Konarak temple. This temple was conceived as a chariot for the sun god, Surya. Around the base of the temple are 24 gigantic carved stone wheels. Seven mighty horses haul the temple and the immense structure is covered with carvings, sculptures, figures, and bas relief.
18 August
Arrive Kolkata (Calcutta). Only a village in the 17th century, Kolkata is today one of the nation’s commercial centers. Distinguished with a proud literary and artistic heritage, it is also a former capital of the British Raj and this is evidenced by the abundance of colonial monuments. Lunch will be accompanied by the Baul singers or the Santhal dancers and sightseeing will top off the day.
19 August
Arrive Bodhgaya. It was here that Gautama Buddha was enlightened over 2,500 years ago. You will see the third generation of the same tree under which he sat and view the recently excavated glory of the Mahabodhgaya temple. Lunch will be followed by a sermon from a monk who will explain the buddha’s eightfold path.
20-21 August
Arrive Varanasi. Holiest of cities and the oldest continuously populated city Varanasi is an eccentric place which cannot be justly described. Float down the sacred Ganges and witness the brahmanic rituals as they have been performed for millennia as well as cremations on riverside funeral pyres.
22 August
Arrive Lucknow. A mujra will be performed by Nautch girls as it was performed for the nawab in earlier times. Savor authentic mughal cuisine.
23 August
Arrive Haridwar. Every evening after sunset, the Aarti is performed by hindu priests. This ceremony pays respects to the Ganges river as a life source through countless ages. A gala dinner completes the evening.
24 August
Arrive Amritsar. The name of this city means “divine pool of nectar”. This is the epicenter of the Sikh religion and home to the stunning Golden Temple; a holy pilgrimage site for Sikhs around the world. The exuberant Bhangra dancers will perform as lunch is served.
25 August
Arrive Ambala. The journey by train ends here and we conclude the odyssey with a breathtaking Himalaya safari. (see link on left hand column of this page)
Please note:
The activities in this itinerary are subject to minor changes, but in any event will be of comparable content.


    Home  Itinerary  Terms and Conditions  About Us  Affiliated Partners  On-Line Booking  Contact Us