Tony Robinson Around the World by Train: India and Burma
By Katie Shaw
8 March 2019
This week’s episode of ‘Around the World by Train’ sees Tony Robinson delve into the enthralling culture and traditions of India and Burma.Read more
From its lively cities, bursting with captivating architecture and kaleidoscopic bazaars, to iconic monuments such as the sublime Taj Mahal, India is a destination which truly delights.
India is a destination with much to offer; an exciting blend of enticing sights, sounds, a rich and fascinating culture, and a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour. Here, lively cities burst with some of the world's most sublime architecture, tranquil hill towns are found nestled amidst lofty mountain peaks and dense, lush forests, and majestic tigers hunt for shade amongst the plains and grasses of Ranthambore National Park.
Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger.… see more
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From the man-made wonders of India to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Nepal, discover these two countries through a fantastic selection of excursions and experiences, creating memories to last a lifetime.… see more
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Explore the glorious country of India on this tour, taking you to some of it's most beautiful cities, discovering the most exquisite historical sights, and perhaps seeing a tiger at Ranthambore National Park.… see more
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Travelling in India can be a daunting experience which is why your experienced Tour Manager is with you every step of the way, from greeting you at the airport in London right through to making sure you return home to the UK safely. Your Tour Manager will always make sure that you are on the correct platforms when travelling between destinations on India rail journeys and they will also escort you on all organised excursions. Their services are included within the price of your holiday and they are there to help you in any way that they can, expertly dealing with any unexpected problems and suggesting interesting places to visit during your free time.
With an astounding 32 UNESCO World Heritage sites across India, those hoping to feast their eyes upon fascinating cultural landmarks will not be disappointed. Discover the intriguing ancient site of Fatehpur Sikri. This ambitious fortified city, which ironically translates to 'the City of Victory', was built in the 16th century with the intention of it being the capital of the Mughal Empire, but was abandoned just over ten years later due to water scarcity. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a hauntingly beautiful landmark which offers its visitors a captivating glimpse into a grand, bygone era.
India's affectionately nicknamed 'toy trains' haul their locomotives along narrow gauge lines, providing remarkably scenic and authentic journeys through the subcontinent's lush mountainous regions.
Delight in a nostalgic steam toy train journey from the enchanting hill station of Coonoor to Mettupalayam, in the Nilgiri foothills. Sit back and soak up the awe-inspiring panoramas as the train trundles through the region's bucolic hills, affording panoramic views of picturesque tea plantations, cloud-topped green valleys and rushing waterfalls.
As a wonderfully multicultural destination, there are over 20 languages spoken in India, though the most common is Standard Hindi. English is usually a second language here, and a local tour guide will often be on hand to help bridge any language barriers.
The time zone observed throughout India is Indian Standard Time (IST), which is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT. A direct flight from London to Delhi is around 8.5 hours. UK tourists will require a passport with at least six months validity, as well as a tourist visa in order to enter India.
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