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Kolkata to Amritsar RBA

Visiting: India
Trip Duration 16 Days

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Kolkata to AmritsarScores 8.6 out of 10 based on 24 reviews
(9 out of 10)


This was a very good trip indeed - made so by both the itinerary and our excellent guide. He was highly organised, highly effective and highly diplomatic. He worked so hard behind the scenes to smooth out any issues arising - including sorting out access to currency, as a currency crisis began a few days before our arrival.

There were highlights every single day, but Shimla and Amritsar particularly stand out.

Tips for future travellers:
1. If you are an asthmatic or sensitive to traffic fumes, you are best advised to bring an industrial face mask of the sort used by builders. The traffic pollution in Varanasi is particularly bad.
2. It is also a good idea to bring a pillowcase and a sleeping bag liner. I used these on the sleeper train and in hotels where I wasn't convinced the sheets were clean.
3. You will need a light cable and padlock of the sort used to secure bicycles, to secure your bag to the loop below your seat in the trains.
4. Finally, if you intend to climb up to the monkey temple in Shimla, be aware that the monkeys are aggressive. Buy or hire a stick at the bottom of the hill (you don't have to use it as the monkeys will see it). Also pick up a stone or stones which you can bang together or against railings to alert the monkeys that you have them. Don't make eye contact with the monkeys and don't wear glasses or sun glasses - as they will snatch them!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 December 2016
Published on: 15 December 2016
(10 out of 10)


I have done almost 20 Explore trips over the same number of years. All have been great, different and I couldn't rank them but this was the best. Our tour guide Pradeep Jain is extremely knowledgable and daily he went the extra mile. Our group was lovely. The experiences brought us right up close in so many ways AND we could take many photos. I loved the pace and places visited. In fact I have no suggestion on how to enhance this tour.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 04 December 2016
Published on: 08 December 2016
(8 out of 10)


You are able to see a slice of Indian life at close quarters if you are willing to put yourself out a bit. By travelling by train (rather than coach) you are able to talk to more Indians than normally and see more of real life. It can be tiring (especially if train late) so take lots of things to read / watch etc. It was well organised and there was sufficient free time to allow you to go off and do your own thing if you wanted to.
Confirmed traveller: 04 December 2016
Published on: 05 December 2016
(7 out of 10)


Great trip - could have just had one day in Patna and a number of the hotels were a bit too far out of town. Rajesh was an excellent tour leader
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 05 December 2016
(8 out of 10)


Milton Keynes
Yadove is an excellent guide. His knowledge coupled with a great personality made this trip an unforgettable experience. Too many highlights to single one out. Fantastic.

Accommodation in Amritsar left a lot to be desired.
Confirmed traveller: 09 November 2016
Published on: 11 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


A great experience, facilitated by our wonderful guide - Yadu. We have great memories (and photos) of magical places. We also enjoyed travelling with a relatively small group (14). However, not quite perfect particularly in terms of the accommodation. Three of the hotels (in Bodh Gaya, Agra and Delhi) gave us damp beds. The hotel in Bodh Gaya was of poor quality overall - our room's only window was internal - but we understand that none better is available locally. Shopping time in Amritsar should be built into the itinerary, particularly as this is the last stop.
Confirmed traveller: 06 November 2016
Published on: 09 November 2016
(8 out of 10)


The tour leader Yadira was the best leader I've come across to date; his knowledge and enthusiasm for his country was great. The biggies for me on this trip was Varanasi, Amritsar and the border, really amazing. Probably could do with one day less in Kolkata. Hotels were fine, as is usual some better than others.
Confirmed traveller: 06 November 2016
Published on: 07 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Biggleswade, beds
This was the best of my 3 trips to India, highlights were Varanasi, Shimla and Amritsar but the whole trip was excellent with a great balance. The hotels were of a very good standard but the Crown Plaza in Delhi was incredibly expensive for food and drink, all the other hotels were very good in this respect. I really enjoyed the whole experience.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


All trip notes say that you go through immigration for your trip to India in Kolkata you do not, you go through immigration at Mumbia and collect your bag before putting it back through to Kolkata. Travel light as hauling luggage on and off trains and on to luggage racks is not for the faint hearted. Carry a padlock and chain for the overnight train journey so you can lock your bag under the seats, to the rings provided as the carriage has no partitions, so anyone can get access to them.
A well thought out trip with many contrasts giving a very varied and comprehensive view of the cultures,religions and the peoples of northern India.
The highlight for me was being rowed on the Ganges as the sun rose seeing all the everyday activities coming to life and feeling totally peaceful away from the hub bub on the shore.
Our guide Anil had much information to impart which added to the holiday but just sometimes he omitted to tell us things about the next part of the trip, which would have been useful to know about the traveling, but this was only a slight criticism which did not detract from the holiday.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 17 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


Very many highlights (Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Agra, Shimla) but in terms of improvements I didn't feel I needed as long in Kolkata, whereas Amritsar, and to some extent Delhi, felt rushed.
I'm not sure how much choice there is but wonder if 2nd class (i.e. two-tier as opposed to three) overnight would be better and the toy train was cosy for such a long trip (but I appreciate the timing of a 'chair class' train might have been wrong). Most trains we caught there seemed to be a muddle about which seats were ours - the sort of thing you rely on the tour guide getting right.
The 'posh' hotel in Delhi wasn't great - perhaps swap for somewhere cheaper and more personal/ friendly where we can afford a drink and some laundry!
I have been spoilt by some fabulous tour guides in the past - Anil's 'delivery' was rather dull though and I found myself switching off. Also he was poor at anticipating info we might need/ appreciate like which queue to join at the Golden Temple and the timing of things - nearly two hours queueing when he said 20-30 minutes! (I very nearly missed the visit to the border as a result.) Incidentally the trip to the Golden Temple was included so I thought it was poor that we had to make our own way back to the hotel and at our own expense.
When giving flight info perhaps warn people that they may have to collect their own luggage during the Mumbai transfer - I nearly missed this as no one mentioned it at check-in. Oh, and in the trip notes I would find info about availability of a kettle useful - we had one everywhere and that was great.
Confirmed traveller: 10 April 2016
Published on: 15 April 2016