Unless you’re living under a rock, you’d know that India is gearing up for its very first Bullet Train. And we couldn’t be more excited, for how much time travellers would save journeying between places. Modelled on the Japan Bullet Trains (called Shinkansen), the first proposed route in India is the Ahmedabad-Mumbai line. The INR 1.1 lakh crore project borrows 80% of the amount as a loan from Japan with an interest rate of 0.1%. That’s enough on the stats! Get ready to travel faster than any other train in India by 2022!
Meanwhile, here are some of the most breathtaking train journeys around the world which every train enthusiast must experience!
Glacier Express, Switzerland
A train journey than entails whistling through 291 bridges and 91 tunnels through the scenic beauty of Switzerland makes us want to get on board right away! Starting at Zermatt, journeying through Rhine Gorge, and culminating at St Moritz, the Glacier Express is your ticket to exploring the enchanting land of Switzerland. What’s more—the train has an almost see-through roof (almost, because it only stretches from the window till the half bend of the roof).
Travel time: About 8 hours*
TranzAlpine, New Zealand
Vistas of rivers gushing through valleys, the snow-engulfed Southern Alps glistening in the sunlight, and emerald-green covers of alpine rainforests—TranzAlpine train journey in New Zealand is nothing short of a trip to paradise. The train runs between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth—from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island.
First Passage to the West: Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
The iconic journey that connects the East of Canada to the West, is actually a trip to back in time. Crisscross through old bridges (such as The orange truss arch bridge), the formations of Black Canyon, following rivers that go deep into the Canadian Rockies, and the popular spiral tunnels (built in 1909).
Travel time: 2 days on board*
Kalka-Shimla Railway (Toy Train), India
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kalka-Shimla Railway journeys between Kalka (a town situated in the foothills of the Himalayas) and the hill town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Whistling through about a 100 tunnels amidst dense pine and deodar forests, the railway was built in 1898 during the British Raj in India.
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