Watch Michael Portillo's Great Indian Railway Journeys on BBC2
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.