Travel into the corners of India or connect major cities on a great railway journey in India. Home to ancient toy trains, high speed trains and a hospital on wheels, the railways of India are exciting, diverse ways to discover the country and the best way to travel if you want a real feel for how it works.
Whether you travel from Goa to Karnataka or hug the coast from Goa to Mumbai on the Mandovi Express, you'll see varied topography, sunlit paddy fields lined with coconut and mango trees and small villages. Alternatively take the Island Express from Tamil Nadu to Kerala to explore this lush, jungle expanse.
Darjeeling's Toy Train is a tiny steam train that inches from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, trundling through dense forests, curving around tea plantations and bringing you close to Kanchenjunga, all at just 12kmph, as it arrives in the hill stations. Once in West Bengal, ride the Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express and travel through awe-inspiring landscapes as you rumble onwards to Assam. Escape the heat and climb from Haryana to Himachal Pradesh and the cool setting of Shimla on the Himalayan Queen, famous for its 102 tunnels, 87 bridges and 900 curves.
The elegant Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey connects Mumbai and Delhi via Rajasthan. The Palace on Wheels once ruled the railways and is still the closest way to travel like the Rajput kings once did, in style and comfort.
These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your Indian Subcontinent great railway journey by adding a city stay, beach holiday, wildlife holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
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This spectacular itinerary will see you explore southern India, a myriad of glittering relics and shrines, rolling hills fringed by sandy beaches and vibrant cities like Mumbai and colonial Kochi with a journey on the Deccan Odyssey, one of the world's most opulent trains.
This eight-day, seven-night trip on-board the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the iconic sites of Maharashtra state.
Travel across India in style aboard the Maharajas' Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Visit Agra's Taj Mahal, take a tiger safari in Ranthambore and explore the glittering palaces of royal Rajasthan before sweeping south to Mumbai.