The offered route in India significantly differs from other. Travel country by rail and discover "another", probably, more authentic India.
Kolkata is the second largest city in India, the capital of state of West Bengal, and the centre of culture, commerce and education undeservedly rarely included in the travel routes. It was the capital of British India therefore the influence of the Great Britain is evident. Visit the museums, the administrative buildings, parks, as well as the majestic Victoria Memorial, often called the "British Taj Mahal", the New Market and take a ferry on the Ganges. Catch an overnight train to New Jalpaiguri and continue with a bus to Kalimpong. Visit to the MacFarlane Memorial Church, cactus and orchid nursery and the Lepcha Museum, established to preserve the dwindling culture of the indigenous Lepcha tribe. After, enjoy lunch with a local family including a cooking demonstration. Continue to Gangtok and take an orientation tour of the town. On Day 5, enjoy a day trip to Rumtek Monastery (16th century). The complex consists of the temple, stupa and monastery that hold notable relicts. This is one of the most important centres of Tibetan Buddhism outside the Tibet.
Head to the capital of Indian tea, Darjeeling, explore it and watch sunrise at the Tiger Hill. It offers magnificent scenery and you can see Everest from there on a clear day. Then visit a tea estate, the Mahakal temple and meet Tibetans at a refugee camp. After, visit the Peace Pagoda. In the next morning take the so called Toy train (narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened in 1881) to Kurseong and continue to the beautiful town of Siliguri. Then head to Varanasi via Mughalsarai. Varanasi has a unique culture and thousands-years old traditions. Enjoy the boat tour on the Holly River Ganges and watch the devotees performing holly rituals on the ghats (the steps leading down to the water). Altogether there are about 100 ghats along the 6 km distance of the river between Assi Ghat and the Adi Keshava Ghat. The Ganges River is unique and the only in the world with such a high ability of self-purification. Its secret is the sediments that release copper and chromium in great amounts which have bactericidal properties thus eliminating the biologic pollution. The Indian emperor Akbar called it the "water of immortality" and always travelled with a supply, because it stayed fresh for a long time. Then hit the road to Lucknow to explore the city, including the visit to Bara Imambara - impressive and unique complex with the largest unsupported arched ceiling in the world. It is 50 m long, 16 m wide and over 15 m high. Then take an express to Dheli, spend a free evening and enjoy an overnight stay there.