Rail tips in India
We seized the opportunity with both hands and asked our two Indian passengers Namrata Surendar and Rahul Prasad about attractive rail trips in India.
Namrata: “Travelling on the Shimla train, particularly in winter, is spectacular. Like the RhB, it’s also part of the UNESCO World Heritage trail. And nature is also the highlight on this trip into the Himalayas with stops at seven stations.”
Kalka-Shimla Railway, 96.5 km, difference in altitude of 1420 metres, 864 bridges, 102 tunnels, 919 bends, 18 mostly smaller stations, trip takes between 5 and 6 hours.
Rahul: “I would recommend travelling on the Rajdhani Express from Delhi to Bangalore, my home town. It’s best to book a cabin with a bed. The authentic food is served to you there, for example pakora (deep-fried vegetables) or local fruit. You don’t need any entertainment because the journey is spectacular in itself. You see a lot of India, at high speed so to speak.”
Rajdhani Bangalore Express, daily, 2365 km, 33 hours and 30 minutes, 72 km/h, 10 stops.