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Michael Portillo's Great Indian Railway Journeys

Watch Michael Portillo's journey across India starting on BBC 2 at 8pm on 20th March 2018 in Amritsar and travelling to Shimla, then the week after from Jodhpur to Delhi.

From the high peaks of the Himalayas, the mountain range where resides Mount Everest, to the sand fringed beaches of Goa, this stunning country is a delight to explore at all levels. On a man-made level, the historical buildings burst with beauty and colour - the white glow of the Taj Mahal, the stately view of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, and the red glare of the mighty Amber Fort. Discover also India through the ages - from the ancient kingdoms of old India, to the architecture of the British Raj, right through to the colourful streets that still buzz with life, sounds, and scents, today. All of these seen, of course, through the various trains that are scattered about the country, connecting these mighty cities and stunning viewpoints that define this incredible country.

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.

The smaller trains, such as the 'Shivalik Express', affectionately referred to as the 'Toy Train', runs between Kalka and Shimla, taking you through 102 tunnels, over 864 bridges, and around 919 curves at a leisurely pace as you venture towards your destination. Delight in the marvellous scenery that the Shivalik foothills of the Himalayas have to offer, on board one of three Indian Mountain Railways that constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is another one of these trains, located in the south of India, in Kurseong. This marvellous train is beloved around the world, and takes you through forests and past colourful Buddhist prayer flags.

Of course, the 'hotels on wheels' of India, which includes the 'Palace on Wheels', are more fabulous ways to see the country. Enjoy your time on board in comfortable carriages, whilst being looked after by a dedicated cabin attendant, enjoying local cuisine on board as you wind across India.

Each of our Indian train holidays is an adventure in itself, and whichever you choose you're assured of an experience that is unforgettable.

Michael Portillo's upcoming TV series documents his rail journeys across India visiting the following locations: Amritsar to Shimla, Jodhpur to Delhi, Mysuru to Chennai and lastly Lucknow to Kolkata.

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India’s Golden Triangle, Tigers and Shimla
13 Mar 2020
Mrs K Harper
5 stars
“EXCELLENT HOLIDAY, PROFESSIONAL FRIENDLY SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES.
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India's Golden Triangle
28 Apr 2019
Mr D Knights
5 stars
“Well organised well informed. Ivan the tour manager was fantastic. Hemms the local guide was full of knowledge and kept us well informed. All tours throughout were fantastic and made the holiday.
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Discover Southern India and Kerala
19 Apr 2019
Mrs P Emmett
5 stars
“Very well planned itinerary with lots of interesting places and happenings.
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Ultimate Rajasthan and the Palace on Wheels
21 Dec 2018
Mrs A Liggett
5 stars
“The tour was absolutely excellent. The accommodation, the restaurants chosen, the itinerary, were all superb as were the guides everywhere.
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India's Golden Triangle and Tiger Safari
29 Dec 2019
Mr T Beddows
4 stars
“Over all the holiday was excellent but felt it was a bit full on with no rest period especially at the beginning of the tour,and was not keen on having to be at the restaurant for evening meals so early after a day of touring,sometimes only an hour left from getting back to the hotel and then rushing down to the restaurant
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Grand Tour of India, Nepal and the Himalayas
24 Apr 2019
Mr D Wakeling
4 stars
“It was a superb trip - India is a fabulous country could never disappoint, Nepal is also a great place to visit. However, a crammed itinerary with long coach journeys, long train journeys and many internal flights - not much time to catch your breath! I think the Itinerary needs to cut down on coach time in Nepal - an internal flight would help. Also, the long dirty train journey into Varanasi was unnecessary when there's a high speed alternative! Travellers to Kathmandu need to be aware how dusty the city is and the need for nose and mouth masks. Loved the extension to Kerala for a much needed rest! All in all a brilliant trip.
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