Northern India West To East By Rail June 2018

#1 May 27th, 2018, 12:47
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South Australia
  • Gemini616 is offline
Hi All,

After a fantastic but rushed visit to Gujurat and Chennai late last year I'm planning to travel Northern India by rail flying in to Delhi late June and heading west, likely flying home from Kolkata.

Very loose timeline and itinerary, I've seen a good plan which includes stops at Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Simla but I'd also like to visit the Buddhist holy sights of Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar (perhaps even into Lumbini in Nepal circumstances permitting).

Apart from meeting a friend in Delhi on the 21st I've no time constraints, looking at the map it seems and idea to fly from Delhi to Jaisalmer then begin the trip west.

Anyones thoughts or recommendations on this are welcomed, I'm budgeting a maximum of USD50 per day and would like to use Air-Con 2 tier class when traveling.

Thanks for your help last time and in advance again.
#2 May 27th, 2018, 20:15
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Jul 2005
  • vonkla is online now
Some general remarks:
-do you realize that you are traveling in the monsoon period.
-a rough idea about a possible route is Jaisalmer - Jaipur - Chandrigarh (for Shimla) - Agra - Varanasi (+Sarnath) - Gorakhpur (for Kushnigar) - Gaya - Kolkata
-use a site as etrain to select the trains
-in most case you have to reserve trains in advance, more about this by the man on seat61.

Happy traveling.
Last edited by vonkla; May 28th, 2018 at 13:26.. Reason: Gorakhpur instead of Gokarna
#3 May 28th, 2018, 11:29
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  • Golghar is offline
Originally Posted by vonkla View Post Gokarna (for Kushnigar) [/URL]
I presume that should read "Gorakhpur", Though Deoria (for Kushinagar) and Naugarh (for Lumbini) are more attractive for rail buffs.

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