Calcutta to Amritsar rail journey

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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Calcutta to Amritsar rail journey

This amazing journey starts in the Kolkata, the original capital city of the British Raj and considered India’s cultural capital today. As well as the multitude of fascinating places that we visit on this tour, a real highlight is that we travel almost the whole route by train, sitting alongside local travellers. This affords us not only a closer insight into their lives but also helps limit the impact on the local environment through minimising our carbon emissions.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

2 Reviews of Calcutta to Amritsar rail journey

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Golden Temple in Amritsar was the highlight, and the sounds, sightsand smells on the Ghats in Varanassi were unforgettable

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be frugal with your packing, laundry is cheap and quick. Alternatively replace old clothes with new on your journey. Make sure you have an antibiotic for treating tummy upsets. Drink plenty of water

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We used local transport and food outlets where possible

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A very interesting insight into the Indian way of life on many levels and made enjoyable by the mix of people in the group.

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Golden Temple at Amritsar, nothing could have prepared us for this wonderful sight, pure white and gold!! The feeding of the masses was like a well oiled machine, unbelievable. The Taj Mahal and the Ghats at Varanasi were close runners up.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Travel light, you don't need loads of clothes as washing can be done cheaply at the two night stays. Cotton is best. Take clorodine or pro biotics. Drink only water from known sources. Give a kitty to your guide to dispense tips etc. This is a fairer way of ensuring equal distribution of tips and stops quarrels among staff. Your guide knows best.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Europeans and other tourists do contribute as they provide employment in restaurants, hotels, sites of interest, taxi drivers, porters etc. I don't feel we adversely impacted on the environment. I would definitely recommend this holiday to like minded people

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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