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									Take a Train Excursion

A couple of train rides worth taking while in India are listed below.
Whether you have a few hours or several day, India's trains can
accommodate your needs.

Darjeeling - The most famous of the little trains, is the one linking the
town of New Jalpaiguri the plains to the lovely hill station of
Darjeeling. With a 2 ft gauge, the Darjeeling Hill Railway is indeed a
'toy train' being the narrowest of the regular narrow gauges. The tiny
century-old engine is connoisseur's delight. The 86 km Darjeeling line
has no tunnels, thus allowing the traveller an uninterrupted view of the
breathtaking scenery of the Himalaya. The 7 1/2 hour ride is a journey
especially for rail buffs.

Access to Darjeeling - New Jalpaiguri , the starting point of the hill
train to Darjeeling, has direct connections to Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati
and other places in India.

Matheran - The 77 year old line, connecting Neral (on main line of
Central Railway) to Matheran , is the main way to reach the tiny hill
resort, close to Mumbai. As the little train wheezes up into the clear
mountain air one can view the scenic vista of hills and plains below. The
lack of vehicular traffic at Matheran makes it an unusual and peaceful
retreat.

Access to Matheran - The toy train to Matheran commences from Neral
(Mumbai- Pune line), which is connected from Mumbai by local train. The
journey up to Matheran from Neral takes about 1 1/2 hours. The toy train
runs between sunrise and sunset.

Various trains offer excursions ranging in time from a couple of days to
nearly two weeks. If you have the time, it is experience you will long
remember.   Four of the major tours are aboard Ther Deccan Odyssey, The
Fairy Queen, the Palace on Wheels and The Royal Orient. These tours
include stops at various sites, meals and lodging. The prices are
reasonable.

								
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