Today's question is about a mode of transport that is extremely close to my heart - the Railways.
It's from Michele D'Amico from Santa Cruz, California
If I can only take one train trip in India, which should it be?
Ahh, that is a tough one Michele!
If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime train trip in India, it has to be the Palace on Wheels. It is the epitome of luxury in India's train travel, easily finding itself in the bucket list of rail fans from around the world. You can get yourself transported to the world of the Maharajas by exploring their exquisite palaces and experiencing the royal service in a train that resembles the grandeur of their privately-run state railways of the yesteryear.
Interiors of the Place on Wheels
Running along the contours of Western Ghats, the Konkan Railway features a maze of over two thousand bridges and about a hundred tunnels through mountains, gorges, river basins and palm-fringed backwaters. The construction of Konkan Railways is an engineering marvel; a man-made feat symbolizing that everything is possible.
Bridges and Waterfalls mark the Konkan Railway
Another train trip that might soon beat the Konkan Railways in its complexity and scenic offerings is the Kashmir Railway. Since it is still incomplete, I wouldn't suggest it to to you as you will have to break your journey and take a few road trips in between to see the entire stretch. Expected to be completed by 2018, this railway promises to connect the picturesque Kashmir Valley to the rest of India.
The Kashmir Railway in Qazigund