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Great Indian Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo's Great Railway journey across India starts on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 8pm in Amritsar and travelling to Shimla, then the week after travelling from Jodhpur to Delhi.

From the ancient kingdoms of old India, to the architecture of the British Raj, right through to the colourful Indian streets that buzz with life, sounds, and scents today. Iconic Indian trains are spread across the country, connecting the majestic cities.

The Shatabdi Express boasts of some of the fastest trains in India. Reaching speeds of up to 80mph (130km/h), sail through the majestic countryside of India in air-conditioned coaches.

The Gatimaan Express is similar in speed and stature, and has been taking travellers about this colourful subcontinent since 2016.

Smaller trains, such as the 'Shivalik Express', affectionately referred to as the 'Toy Train', runs between Kalka and Shimla. 



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Highlights of India, Mumbai and the Golden Triangle
21 Oct 2019
Mrs J Warburton
4 stars
“This was our first tour experience and can honestly say it was very good. Once in India it was seemless.Raj our guide was knowledgeable and supportive and took all the stress out of it all so we could relax and enjoy fully. Can honestly say would consider doing it again.
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At Rail Discoveries, we want to make sure that you get the most out of your holiday. There are numerous excursions organised for you on our India rail journeys such as sightseeing tours of the cities, trips to lively and colourful markets, visits to impressive monuments and buildings such as the Taj Mahal and journeys into the idyllic foothills of the Himalayas.

Excursions are often accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide and there is usually plenty of free time built into the tour so that you can explore places independently. You may wish to shop at the markets, visit museums and galleries or take a daring ride on a rickshaw, a common means of public transport in India.

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