The magnificent and historic Grand Trunk Road that originally crosses 4 countries. From Kabul Afghanistan it continues into Pakistan and India to end in Chittagong Bangladesh linking east and central Asia via the Indian subcontinent. It is Asia’s largest and oldest road. The Magnificent Grand Trunk Road is ROARR’s 14th unique journey. A 23 day adventure of the senses. It will introduce you to the true spirit of India, as we travel, eat and discover more about the colours and highlights along the magnificent Grand Trunk Road. This tour includes a special and unique train journey crossing the border and linking the Indian Subcontinent. Like all our other unique journeys we, Conrad & Yasmin will be your guides on this special edition escape to India.
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Amritsar – Delhi – Agra – Lucknow – Varanasi – Kolkata – Dhaka – Sundarbans
23 days & 21 nights – 3300km – 4 states – 2 countries – 4 boats – 5 UNESCO world heritage sites – 2 trains and many cups of chai!
Fly in to Delhi and hop on a short domestic flight towards Amritsar where we will start our journey from the following day. We believe having a moment to relax after a flight is important to start fresh the next day. Later in the evening we will meet up at the hotel lobby for a quick introduction and will head off to have our first meal together.
Relax, Meet-up, First meal together
Day 2 & 3
Amritsar is famous for her marvellous golden temple, the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion and in our opinion the best temple in India The important shrine receives 100.000 visitors a day, that is more than the Taj Mahal and in some people’s eyes more alive and inspiring than the Taj. An early morning visit to the Golden Temple and later in the day we make our way to the evening ceremony of the closing gates at the Wagah Border. This interesting ceremony takes place every evening before sunset. It is a military practise between India and Pakistan since 1959 where they perform a somewhat “monthy-python-esk”, serious but also a humorous ceremony with goose stepping. The gates close and the flags are lowered a firm handshake and the ceremony is complete. A train journey is not to be missed when visiting India so on day 3 we catch a morning train to Delhi and hopefully build up your appetite as we will walk the streets of Delhi in search of delicious street food.
Golden temple, Wagah border ceremony, train to Delhi, street food tour.
Delhi is a very busy city and is divided in Old and New Delhi. First thing on the list is a slum tour. Discover the life of the people who live in Baljeet Nagar slum from guides who actually live there. A slum visit was highly successful with our tour in Mumbai and we would like to continue this activity in Delhi as well. The evening is free to do as you please.
Baljeet Nagar slum tour & Old Delhi
Day 5 & 6
Overland transport from Delhi to Agra will use up some hours of our day. Arriving in Agra in the afternoon we will make our way to see the sunset at the Taj Mahal. The next morning you could opt for an extra morning tour to the Taj Mahal, this is a quieter time of the day. The day will be followed by visiting Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Our stay for the next two nights will be with a welcoming family at their home stay close to the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal, Agra fort & Fatehpur Sikri
Day 7 & 8
Lucknow oozes history as it is here where the beginning of the end of the British raj occurred in 1857, known as the siege of Lucknow and really is the siege of al sieges. There are literally acres of history to explore. The Residency of Lucknow was built in 1800 and only ruins remain of the battles that once were fought here with heroics at both sides. A tour through the ruins and gardens will show you evidence of this battle in bullet and canon holes.
Day 9 – 12
Varanasi is one of the holiest cities of India, the beating heart of Hindu culture. It is here where you will encounter many religious ceremonies performed at the banks of the river Ganges, reincarnation, washing away your sins in the holy water of the Ganges and the Ganga Aarti, be prepared to be amazed. *Evening flight to Kolkata*
Ganges boat ride, evening Ganga Aarti
Day 13 -15
Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, once the richest city in the East, it then experienced a rapid downfall and now belongs to one of the poorest cities in the world. This city needs time to be discovered. That is why we will have the next 3 days to eat, see and discover Kolkata, a cruise on the Hooghly River, tours through the city using local transport and a visit to the majestic Banyan tree in Howrah – the world biggest tree.
Howrah Bridge, Botanical gardens, Widest tree of the world, Hooghly river cruise
Day 16 & 17
Today we will embark a special international train. The Maitree Express is 1 out of 3 rains linking the Indian Subcontinent. An early morning rise is necessary to start our train journey at 7am. Arriving Dhaka around 6pm later in the day. Crossing a lush scenery of green wetlands and paddy fields as this region is famous for its rivers and nature. The following day we will explore in and around the city, including a traditional weaving village, Hindu street & Lalbagh fort and a boat ride at Sadarghat.
Maitree Express & Old Dhaka tour
Day 18 & 19
Today we will embark one of the very few paddle steamers left in this region. This unique 100 year old paddle steamer will take us from Dhaka to Hularhat. An overnight stay is required and included with a personal butler and old English tea cups for first class passengers . After breakfast we disembark the Rocket at around early noon. We will continue our journey overland to visit the UNESCO protected archaeological monuments and mausoleums of Bagarhat and from tomorrow we can finally start our long waited Sundarban expedition.
The Rocket paddle steamer river cruise
Day 20 & 21
The Sundarbans are the world’s largest mangroves. By spending two nights on a river boat we are able to travel pretty deep into the unspoiled areas of the mangroves. We will explore the forest by trekking and bird watching from small country boats to get up close and personal. BBQ dinners and star watching will be on the program too.
Sundarbans river cruise, trekking, bird watching
We will make our way from the Sundarbans towards Mongla to disembark out vessel to then continue by road back to Dhaka taking in lovely country views and having lunch at a local restaurant before hitting the city again.
Our trip has come to an end and you are able to catch a flight back to Mumbai or Delhi to continue your international flight or if you decide to continue your travels we wish you happy and safe journeys ahead of you. Until we meet again.
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The route is incredible as we hit many big destinations in one go. The Grand Trunk Road could be a great first visit to India if you wish to tick a few hits of your bucket list and you are ready to jump in head first? The Grand Trunk road is Asia’s oldest and longest road, connecting Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We will explore the route from Amritsar in India to the Sundarbans in Bangladesh as we come to know more about the magic of the cities that lay near this ancient road.
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