Bullet Rail Holidays
Hill Mountain Railways
Arrow Kalka Shimla railway
Arrow Darjeeling Himalayan railway
Arrow Nilgiri Mountain railway
Arrow Matheran light railway
Arrow Kangra Valley railway
Luxury Trains
Arrow India Palace on Wheels
Arrow The Golden Chariot
Arrow Maharajas' Express
Memorable Train Journeys
Arrow Flying Ranee Train was Pop
Arrow Grand Trunk Express
Arrow Himsagar Express
Arrow Konkan Railway
Arrow Lumding
Arrow Patiala Monorail
Arrow The Little Known Trail
Pilgrimage Trains
Arrow Mahaparnirwan Buddhist
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Grand Trunk Express This one's understated classic. At least three generations of cosmopolitan Indians have travelled in this grand old train -the Grand Trunk Express has been running up and down the midriff of the subcontinent since 1930. This was the vital 'fast' link between the capital city, in the north, and Madras, the pre - eminent metro of the south. In fact, it was the link for all of the south: there were no direct rail links to Delhi from other important cities of the south - Bangalore, Trivandrum, Cochin or Mangalore. For civil servants (both white and brown) and other gentry, making the long journey on the 'prestige' train was a matter of more than comfort and convenience -such was its status, the GT Express was one of the first trains to be honoured with an air -conditioned car.

To many people today, the train may seem more old than grand, and certainly much slower than 'superfast'. It still does the New Delhi Railway Station -Chennai Central run- in two full nights and a half -day, with as many as 35 stops along the way In contrast, its younger sibling , the Tamil Nadu Express, does the same route in two nights with only nine stops, (And the truly superfast Rajdhani makes it in a little more than a day and a nignt).

Why should you do this journey? Some compelling historical reasons: in 1929, when it began life as the Peshawar - Mangalore GT Express, it was one of the longest -haul trains in the country, taking more than 104 hours to complete the sweeping journey down the subcontinent! The same year, it changed to the Lahore - mettupalayam GT Express (so that civil servants could go holidaying at Ooty: Mettupalayam was where they changed to the hill train).

There are excellent contemporary reasons too, although thousands of people don't seem to need one - the train is popular and always heavily booked - up. Our pick: doing the trip in a delightful first- class Ac cabin. You 'll get countless hours of good food, charming multi -lingual attendants, and luxurious but unaffected privacy.