Train Journeys

It’s said that 30 million people travel on India’s railway system every day – a statistic not hard to believe if you’ve ever scrambled though the mêlée of porters, chai wallahs and passengers trying to board a long-distance express out of New Delhi station. 

Legions of employees keep the wheels turning, from the humble kitchen attendants who whip up delicious curries in the pantry car, to the redoubtable TC – or Ticket Controller – in his pristine white trousers and peaked cap. 

No such hurly burly, however, attends trips on the glittering Palace on Wheels, nor its equally splendid sibling the Deccan Odyssey, two of the world’s great luxury locomotives, where you can travel in the high style of India’s Maharajahs, pampered by turbaned attendants in sumptuously decorated carriages. Palace trains all follow routes stringing together the great sights of their respective regions, so you get to see plenty of the country beyond the compartment window.

Two more of the subcontinent’s great rail experiences, provided by antique steam locomotives dating from the twilight years of the British Raj, are the narrow-gauge mountain railway lines of Ooty, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and Darjeeling, in the northeast. 

Whichever region you wish to travel in, however, TransIndus can tie trips on everyday trains into your chosen itinerary – an experience no traveller to the subcontinent should miss.

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Sikkim and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

14 day tour from £2995

Ideal for those seeking the solitude of the Himalaya, this tour offers spectacular mountain vistas, exotic orchids, tea plantations and a chance to ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan railway.

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Seven Stars Cruise Train

4 day tour from £5700

Japan’s first luxury sleeper train journeys around the southern island of Kyushu, through the five prefectures Fukuoka, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Kumamoto.

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Eastern & Oriental Express: Fables of the Hills

7 day tour from £6800

This rail tour gives a great taste of this fascinating corner of the world. Travel in Southeast Asia on an extended journey with Eastern and Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok. Visit Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, Penang, Tham Kasae Viaduct and the River Kwai.

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Eastern & Oriental Express: Bangkok to Singapore

4 day tour from £1870

A great introduction into Southeast Asia by rail. Travel through Bangkok, past the legendary River Kwai and onwards to Malaysia. Enjoy the sights of colonial Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, take a cruise, and watch rural life from your window.

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Maharajas' Express

10 day tour from £6695

This is the crème de la crème of India’s royal train rides, featuring the most luxurious cabins and modern rolling stock.The train has five deluxe carriages, six junior suite carriages, two suite c

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Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

10 day tour from £5695

This magical journey begins in Delhi and features a visit to the imposing fort of Jodhpur, the royal City Palace of Udaipur, a game drive in Ranthambore, the temples of Khajuraho, a boat ride on th

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Palace on Wheels

10 day tour from £5495

Journey through colourful Rajasthan on India’s original luxury train, the Palace on Wheels. Experience the land from a different perspective whilst travelling in style; be ensconced in gold embossed carriages, waited on by uniformed attendants, surrounded by ornate green and gold ceilings.

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India by Rail

17 day tour from £2874

Indian Railways has one of the largest networks in the world and station and railway life is a microcosm unto itself.

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