12 May '11, 9am

World's best long-haul train journeys --- --- #travel #trains #lp

World's best long-haul train journeys --- --- #travel #trains #lp

India still maintains a legendary rail network. Trains are an important part of the infrastructure, but are also a major aspect of the country's image. The Himsagar Express is the longest of the subcontinent’s long-haul rail routes. It runs from the state of Kashmir in northern India all the way to Kanyakumari, a town in Tamil Nadu on the southernmost tip of the country. This three-day journey passes through India's heartland, with a stop in Delhi, a brush with the Bay of Bengal and a pass through the western boomtown of Kochi (Cochin in colonial-era spelling). The line passes through several national parks and a variety of ecosystems. In addition, the journey brings passengers in contact with India's diverse cultures. The train has air-conditioned sleeper cabins, though truly budget-conscious travelers can get by with dirt-cheap basic fares — if they have endurance and do...

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