An emotional comedy that focuses on three estranged brothers trying to re-forge their bond, The Darjeeling Limited received great reviews from all over the globe. What sets it apart from other movies is that the three brothers embark on a train journey across India in order to regain the relationship that they used to have, inspiring many others to visit this beautiful country, re-creating a similar sort of journey. Unfortunately, India’s public transportation system is severely lacking, and the Darjeeling Limited does not exist in reality. However, don’t lose hope, as there are still many great Darjeeling Limited-inspired train journeys that you can take across India. Here are some of OROGOLD’s top picks:
Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey
Until recently, the most luxurious of Indian trains was the Palace on Wheels, but this has now been dethroned by the Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey, which connects Mumbai to Delhi. Although it is not cheap, especially when compared to the standard passenger trains that carry out the same journey, but it is a train that OROGOLD highly recommends. There is plenty to keep you entertained on-board when you aren’t taking in the majestic views – from curling up under a blanket with a movie to dining at one of the delicious restaurant cars to sipping on a cocktail in the lounge. During the day, you have the opportunity to experience India at its finest, from an afternoon at the Taj Mahal to a day of tiger-spotting in Ranthambore.
Unlike the previously mentioned train, which has an emphasis on luxury and indulgence, the Jammu Mail, which travels from Jammu to Udhampur, is more about the experience of being able to travel on this amazing engineering accomplishment. The train winds around the rocky faces of the Shivalik mountain range, with deep, plunging valleys down below. Each of the 158 bridges that the train crosses offers spectacular views, and the best part of it is that the 3 hour round trip costs less than a dollar.
The Golden Chariot makes its way across Karnataka, which was once home to the Vijayanagara king that ruled over the country. The train is popular with Indian families, and you are likely to encounter few other tourists along the way. With gorgeous dining cars, elegant bedrooms and refreshingly hot showers, the nine nights that you can spend on the train are definitely enjoyed in comfort. During the daytime, the train stops off at various points of interest, from the wildlife sanctuary in Kabini to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Badami and Hampi, with their ancient temple ruins and sandstone caves.
India is a country of color and vibrancy, and there is no better way to experience the huge variety that it can offer than by taking a train journey through the beautiful landscape. However, OROGOLD reminds you that trains in India can often be very unreliable, so be sure to travel with a flexible schedule and a positive attitude so that you can truly enjoy India’s stunning soul.