A journey by rail is one of the most romantic ways to travel. And, as passionate Bradshaw’s devotee Michael Portillo will attest, it’s also a fantastic way to discover remote landscapes, communities and cultures across the globe.
In the early days of the luxurious Orient Express, just a handful of train rides could claim to be bucket-list experiences. Since then, the range of experiential rail routes has grown ever greater. From the Belmond Andean Explorer, which slinks around Peru’s stunning mountainscapes, to the famous Ghan, which whisks you through Australia’s red-rocked outback – you’re now spoilt for choice.
Here are five superlative rail experiences that showcase the breadth of what’s on offer.
The Kalka-Shimla Toy Train, India
This UNESCO-listed mountain railway wends
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