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A dizzying blend of enticing sights, sounds, a rich and fascinating culture, and a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour, India has an unbelievable amount to offer. Here, lively cities burst with some of the world's most sublime architecture, tranquil hill towns are found nestled amidst lofty mountain peaks and dense, lush forests, and majestic tigers hunt for shade amongst the plains and grasses of Ranthambore National Park. Discover unique culture, heritage and architecture around every corner, from the ghostly ancient ruins of Fatehpur Sikri to the pristine and opulent beauty of the world-famous Taj Mahal.

Experience a brighter future and soak up the colours of the world with Great Rail Journeys. These long-haul adventures feature all the fabulous inclusions you know and love from Rail Discoveries' holidays. You'll have a Tour Manager with you throughout and the peace of mind that everything's included in one great price, alongside an incredible dose of authentic worldwide culture. Along the way, you'll also tick off those unmissable, iconic landmarks while getting to the heart of local culture as you're introduced to the authentic sights, sounds and flavours of each place you visit. And of course, it wouldn't be a Great Rail Journeys holiday without unforgettable rail experiences. Whether you're heading to Canada or Cambodia, expect front-row seats to the most spectacular scenery on earth as you're whisked through the landscapes in comfort on the world's most iconic railways.

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With an astounding 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites across India, those hoping to feast their eyes upon fascinating cultural landmarks will not be disappointed. Discover the intriguing ancient site of Fatehpur Sikri. This ambitious fortified city, which ironically translates to 'the City of Victory', was built in the 16th century with the intention of it being the capital of the Mughal Empire, but was abandoned just over ten years later due to water scarcity. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a hauntingly beautiful landmark which offers its visitors a captivating glimpse into a grand, bygone era.

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India's affectionately nicknamed 'toy trains' haul their locomotives along narrow gauge lines, providing remarkably scenic and authentic journeys through the subcontinent's lush mountainous regions.

Delight in a nostalgic steam toy train journey from the enchanting hill station of Coonoor to Mettupalayam, in the Nilgiri foothills. Sit back and soak up the awe-inspiring panoramas as the train trundles through the region's bucolic hills, affording panoramic views of picturesque tea plantations, cloud-topped green valleys and rushing waterfalls.

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As a wonderfully multicultural destination, there are over 20 languages spoken in India, though the most common is Standard Hindi. English is usually a second language here, and a local tour guide will often be on hand to help bridge any language barriers.

The time zone observed throughout India is Indian Standard Time (IST), which is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT. A direct flight from London to Delhi is around 8.5 hours. UK tourists will require a passport with at least six months validity, as well as a tourist visa in order to enter India.

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Highlights of India, Mumbai and the Golden Triangle
21 Oct 2019
Mrs J Warburton
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“This was our first tour experience and can honestly say it was very good. Once in India it was seemless.Raj our guide was knowledgeable and supportive and took all the stress out of it all so we could relax and enjoy fully. Can honestly say would consider doing it again.
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