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Trains

Revel in the Sparkling Nostalgia of Train Travel as You Enjoy a Cross Country Journey

Ask “What did the British Empire ever do for us?” and the usual answer you’ll get is “The railways.” In a matter of decades, engineers and railwaymen laid down enough tracks to lap the globe many times over, opening up entire continents like never before. Gold prospectors flocked west through the Americas; the Trans Siberian helped populate the Russian Far East. India’s railways made moving the masses possible, and the Cape to Cairo Railway, though incomplete, was one of the most ambitious communications projects ever conceived.

The golden age of railway travel lives on in a number of heritage and specialist railway routes. You can ride the rails through Rajasthan like royalty aboard the Maharaja Express, or ascend through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on the Hiram Bingham.
 
The appeal of such trains is manifold, starting with the views from the windows. These railway tracks cut through dramatic locations, often far from civilisation, and as the journey progresses, the scenery is ever changing. You travel in utmost comfort, with neither traffic nor bumps in the road. You can move effortlessly from cabin to bar, lecture carriage to dining car, with attendants to meet every need.
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Maharajas' Express

India’s princely rulers, the maharajas, treated themselves to the very best of everything, including private trains. Riding onboard the Maharaja Express you will certainly feel like royalty and it’s an unforgettable way to travel between India’s most famous cultural sites.

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Devil's Nose Train Ride

The Devil’s Nose train route is one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, taking in panoramic mountain landscapes between Quito and Guayaquil. The comfortable train meanders its way around the hills and mountains, passes fast flowing rivers, and edges close to sheer cliff drops.

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Spirit of the Andes Train Journey

The Spirit of the Andes revives the golden age of railway travel. There is no finer way to travel from Puno to Cusco than on this palatial train, where you can luxuriate onboard whilst admiring ever-changing views of the Sacred Valley and the Andes mountain range.

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Hiram Bingham

A visit to a once-in-a-lifetime destination deserves a once-in-a-lifetime journey, and when that destination is Machu Picchu, the heart of the ancient Inca Empire, there is no more glamorous travel option than riding on board the impressive Belmond Hiram Bingham.