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Kolkata to Amritsar RBA

Visiting: India
Tour Duration 16 Days
Reviews for Kolkata to Amritsar 4.5 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.

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3 Deborah, 22/03/15

Please Review Your Overall Experience And What Your Highlights Were

When we arrived in Kolcutta we had just an hour to freshen up before we were off to join a full day excursion. The overnight train was also tough. You share an 8 birth cabin with other passengers many of whom will get off in the small hours of the morning. Then other passengers arrive and start eating their supper! It makes sleeping very difficult. You then start a days excursion within an hour of getting off the train.


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Our Response

We apologise that you did not have long to freshen up on your arrival to Kolkata, before starting the day’s activities. There is usually sufficient time to relax from arriving at the hotel to starting the tour – however, as your flight was delayed, it left less time than usual.

Additionally, we agree that the sleeping conditions on the overnight train aren’t always perfect – however, we do think that interacting with locals and experiencing their way of life, more than makes up for this.

4.5 Barbara Nash, 05/12/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Getting off the train at one of the stations and not hearing the train whistle on the journey up to Shimla, then seeing the train disappearing into the tunnel. Luckily the Station Master managed to get the train to stop, red faces all round. Amritsar is a rival for the Taj Mahal it is wonderful Ameristar is a rival for the Taj Mahel

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4.5 Anne Bryson, 27/11/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

There were so many highlights to this trip, it is hard to pick just one so I'll give them all. Sailing on the Ganges both at sunset and sunrise was breath-taking. After the hectic streets of the town, the river seemed very calm, There was so much to see, from burning Ghats, Priests going through ceremonies to the river, then next morning, folk washing and bathing. The Toy train to Shimla was all I could have hoped for, the views are breathtaking as were the on-board loos. I could go on ...

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5 Gill, 02/05/14

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Arriving in Kolkata on the day of the Holi festival and joining in the celebrations with the local people, totally unexpected and a wonderful introduction to Indian festivals.

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4.5 , 06/12/13


Michael O'Sullivan

Tour Name

Kolkota to Amritsar

Tour Code


What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

There were many highlights, Agra, Shimla and Amritsar being the main ones. If I had to pick just two events they would be the evening religious ceremony in Varanasi which we viewed from the water and the flag lowering ceremony on the Pakistan border. But the Red Fort, Taj and Golden Temple were amazing.

Tour Leader Name

Satish Dhar

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

In a word exceptional. Satish made the tour. He had the maturity, knowledge, work ethic and dedication to add enormous value to the tour. We travelled vast distances by train, bus and car without a hitch. I have travelled with other companies in many different countries and never had a tour guide who was even close to the level of service provided by Satish. He is the type of employee that is hard to find, he is a wonderful ambassador for Explore.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Insist on Satish Dhar as tour leader

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Only that if I return to India in the future I will find a tour where Satish is the tour guide. If any of my friends express an interest in visiting India I would advise them to do the same.

5 , 15/08/13


Anne Thompson

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

It is impossible to give one highlight, there were so many. There was at least one a day. Examples being the sights and smells of the flower market in Kolkata,the peaceful feeling in Bodh Gaya, the smiles of the children in the Muslim area of Varanasi. Yes, the Taj Mahal is an extraordinary feat of architecture and precision but the Baby Taj and Fathpur Sikri had more character, Delhi was busy, crowded, wonderful, and the Golden Temple had a unique atmosphere, Shimla was all I expected from my reading of the days of the Raj etc. The Beating of the Retreat at the Wagah Border was an amazing conclusion to a wonderful trip.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Satish was a star. He was kind, friendly, helpful and a mine of information. Satish went out of his way, taking some of the group back to the hotel as they were unwell but at the same time requesting that I phone him when the rest were back after spending more time in Old Delhi. For me,he went beyond the norm because when my room was noisy he tried to get the hotel to change my room. This proved impossible so he swopped rooms.Thanks, Satish. Also Satish was prepared to spend as much time with us as we wanted him to so, often, our free time sightseeing was a total group outing resulting in our seeing even more because, I am sure, that left alone we would have missed so important things e.g the silk weaving and the marble inlay factories.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Go with an open mind and no pre-conceived ideas. Train travel is fun but not quite what people might be used to! It is enlightening, noisy, crowded and fun. Go with plenty of batteries and space on the camera memory card. be prepared to have a fantastic trip, there is so much to see and learn about.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

The holiday lived up to and exceeded my expectations. I would love to return to India in the future. Well done EXPLORE,another wonderful experience. I will have no hesitation in recommending the company to my friends.

5 Colin Samuel, 22/03/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The visit to the crazy city of Kolkata.  I have visited India on 3 previous occasions but nothing prepared me for the frenzy of the city.  It left my head spinning.  There were numerous highlights but this is the one that sticks in my memory.

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5 Sandra Buckham, 25/02/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Experiencing life on Indian city streets and railway stations.  A visit to the Taj Mahal and Shimla. The funeral Ghats at Varanessi on the Ganges.

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5 Sarah Campbell, 11/01/13

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"Sitting on a boat on the Ganges watching the Aarti ceremony was pretty special.
Taking the toy train to Shimla was fun, and arriving there and discovering the place was so much bigger than we all thought with stunning scenery. And finally the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one of those sights where seeing it for the second time was still pretty amazing!"

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4 Ronald Stead, 31/12/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

Seeing the Taj Mahal again is always a highlight closely matched by the Golden temple at Amritsar. Also the Buddist shrine at Bodhaya was memorable for the sight of so many entranced followers. The train trips passed easily enriched by conversations with locals and a lively bunch of fellows explorers.


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0 Grahame Holness, 19/12/11
This tour is a fantastic insight to India, the itinerary is quite challenging and there is a lot of travelling involved but this tour takes you to some amazing places of which you won't be dissappointed. Our guide Anil Kumar had an encyclopedic knowledge of everywhere we went which meant i came away not only beholding the spectacular sights but understanding the history and culture of this facinating country. For me the whole trip was amazing so it's difficult to pick out highlights as i was blown away by all that i saw but if you put me on the spot the Golden Temple of Amritsar just about edges it on wow factor alone! Anyone considering this trip needs to be interested in the culture of India and be prepared for the challenges of travelling on Indian railways, if you can travel light then that would be my suggestion to ease the burden of jumping on and off trains but any minor negatives are far outweighed by the wonderous expeiriences and sights you will encounter. I thoroughly recomend this tour and you must really be prepared for some unpleasant sights and smells but get your head around that have you will have a wonderful holiday. (RBA - 15th October 2011)
0 Mike Sharp, 29/12/10
Very good tour. Well organised considering the Indian train system. Some early starts and long days, but they give you time to get to know the group. All the places were worth seeing, though some of the sights and smells can upset some. November is a good time to go as the weather is still warm but not over the top. Surab the guide was excellent and made the tour. I would recommend it to anyone. (RBA- 13th November 2010)
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