of the most fascinating ways of seeing the "real" India is to travel by
train. Indian trains could be referred to as Mini India, as you can meet
people from different states with different cultures in the same train- a
wonderful way to see different colours of India at one place.
Being the second largest system in the world, Indian Railways has over 62,500
km of track laid between 7000 stations and over 11000 locomotives. Serving as
lifeline of India, it joins every nook & corner of India with mainstream.
The railway platforms are like mini
bazaars, teeming with people, the
appearances, and attires changing as you cross from one state to another.
Fellow travellers invariably strike a
| often in remarkably good
English, and you may find yourself discussing the meaning of life or
denouncing your politicians.
India's pride, the fastest deluxe trains Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express
give the unique opportunity of experiencing the Indian Railways at its
best. These fully air-conditioned trains run between the major cities of
India, and cover most comfortable
journey in very less time.
Now days mostly electric engines are used by Indian Railways. However, the old
world charm, steam engine can be seen pulling toy trains or the
trains of India, e.g. Palace on Wheels, and The Royal Orient. These trains are
the excellent way to witness the history of India, while enjoying the luxuries
of a Maharaja. Taking you on a royal odyssey, a week of splendour is well
claimed to be worthy of kings.
Rated as one of the ten best luxurious train journeys in
the world, Palace on Wheels chugs through
on a journey through the former royal kingdoms of this state. Once ruled
up the hill, past little hamlets and terraced
fields, making your way through tunnels and over breathtaking bridges. Its
leisurely pace offers a panoramic view of changing vistas. The
(If interested in the detailed itineraries of Palace on Wheels or
The Royal Orient, please
kings whose presence lingers on in forbidding
fortresses and fairytale palaces, now converted
into museums, hotels, and restaurants where retainers serve
truly royal repasts. A magic journey by The Royal Orient
covers two of India's most culturally and historically
vibrant states- Gujrat and Rajasthan. With the traveling mostly
done in the night, your days are left free- for discovering
cultural and royal delights.
For the Rail enthusiasts are the enchanting journeys by a slow toy train up to
the hill resorts of Shimla, Ooty, Darjeeling, or Matheran. There
is nothing to match the experience of chugging
invigorating air and the delights of scenic hill resorts provide a welcome
respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Another breathtaking journey is traversing a 1000 km of the beautiful Konkan
coast with the Konkan Railway. This scenic journey passes through
undulating green hills, numerous waterfalls, tunnels, and nearly 2000
bridges crossing 140 rivers on the way from Mumbai to Mangalore,just north of the border of Kerala.
So folks! Isn't it enough to charm you for taking up a train journey that
would enable you to experiencing soul of India?