India offers so much for a traveler to explore: monasteries and mountains, palaces and deserts. Thankfully, it also offers the largest rail system in Asia, covering 62,000 kilometers of track with 11,000 trains. A romantic journey, traveling India by any one of the many available train tours makes getting in all of the must-sees a breeze. Buy a ticket, settle into your seat and enjoy all that India has to show you.
Palace on Wheels
Rated one of the top ten luxury trains in the world, the Palace on Wheels carries you in true style back to the era of the mighty maharajahs that once ruled India. The eight-day journey begins in the modern capital of Delhi and heads north through the state of Rajasthan. Travel first to the city of Jaipur, trade capital of jewels and miniature paintings. Ride by elephant to the historical Amber Fort. Keep on the look out for Bengal tigers as you hike through Ranthambore National Park. The Palace on Wheels luxury tour continues Udaipur, City of Palaces on its way to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, the must-see of India.
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One of India's newer and most luxurious trains, the Deccan Odyssey offers a chance to explore the south of the sub-continent with all of the amenities and none of the hassle . This eight-day rail tour starts off in the commercial capitol of Mumbai, a culturally rich city and home of Bollywood. Travel south to the infamous beaches of Goa. Play in the Indian Ocean, shop for artisan handicrafts and indulge in vindaloo, a local dish influenced by the Portuguese settlers. Your tour continues to the Ellora caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the 34 cave temples honoring the religions of Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism before heading back to Mumbai.
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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway offers a peek into rail life a century ago dealing with connecting people in mountainous regions. Built by the British in 1881, this historical train carries passengers from sea level to 7200 feet through a series of switchbacks and loops that are a marvel of modern engineering. The "toy train," so nicknamed for its small size, steams along a track only two feet wide, zigzagging and reversing through mountain passages. A day tour on this line carries passengers through India's prized tea plantations, making stops in towns along the way to enjoy Himalayan views, visit monasteries and the munch on peanuts with the local monkey troop.
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