Best rail journey destinations in India
1. Stop off in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
Spend time in Jaipur, the famed 'Pink City' and capital of the desert state of Rajasthan'. India’s first planned city, the usual urban chaos is replaced with wide streets and formal gardens. Admire the pink and red sandstone towers that are the face of the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’ - named because it has 953 windows through which the breeze flows to keep the palace cool. See the opulent splendour of the City Palace with its stunning complex of gardens, courtyards, armoury and museum. The palace is a rich fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani design. Explore the markets and winding streets before hopping aboard the overnight express to Mumbai as part of our Indian Rail Odyssey.
2. Ride the Toy Train to Shimla
Climb from the plains just north of Chandigarh on the remarkable Toy Train to the ‘Queen of the Hills’, Shimla. One of India’s most incredible feats of engineering, the route covers 103 tunnels and 87 bridges. On the many twists and turns you are offered panoramic views of the picturesque Shivalik Hills as well as the Himalayas. The train crossed exotic river valleys and serene waterfalls. This journey is one of the highlights on our Kolkata to Amritsar tour.
3. Ride the Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Climb aboard the blue and cream carriages to take a short circular journey on the Toy Train to Ooty. Crossing forested hills and girder bridges, the train harks back to a golden age of engineering and climbs the steepest track in Asia. Relax and enjoy the picturesque views of surrounding rocky terrain, ravines, tea plantations and thickly forested hills. Enjoy this journey as part of our South India Explorer tour.