Most scenic train rides in the world

Hiram Bingham Orient Express
1. Start Point Cuzco, Peru End Point Machu Picchu Machu Pichu and Cuzco are the two most visited tourist destinations in Peru, and the best way to visit them is aboard the luxurious Hiram Bingham Orient Express.As the train winds its way from the colonial city of Cuzco up the Andes mountains to Machu Pichu, youll see rugged mountains shrouded in fog, vast step farms cut into the mountain side, and, on a sunny day, even the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu in the distance. .....
Talyllyn Railway
2. Start Point Tywyn, Wales End Point Nant Gwernol, Wales Talyllyn Railway doesnt promise sweeping vistas of vast mountains, or continent spanning day long journeys. What it does promise is history, charm and oodles of adorableness. This little railway line runs for just 7.25 miles through deep forest and craggy Welsh cliffs. What makes it a journey worth taking is its status as the worlds first preserved train and the steam engine that plies up the 23 narrow gauge. Its adorably charming and will make you fall in love with trains all over again. .....
Settle Carlisle
3. Start Point Settle, England End Point Carlisle, England England has a lot of scenic train routes, but none come even close to the views on the Settle and Carlisle Line. The train crosses the Yorkshire Dales and Northern Pennines and weaves its way straight into the heart of Englands craggy northern hills and cliffs. Make sure to take a nap before you hop aboard you wouldnt want to miss a second of this nearly 2.5 hour journey! .....
Rocky Mountaineer
4. Start Point Banff, Canada End Point Vancouver, Canada Banff National Park is the closest youll get to paradise on Earth. This line runs from just outside the park to Vancouver on the west coast, cutting through the Canadian Rockies. The views are spectacular and the in car dining service delightfully delicious. .....
The Sunset Limited
5. Start Point Los Angeles, USA End Point New Orleans, USA Tourists far too often skip Americas south western states, which is a shame, really, because the vast cacti ridden deserts down below make for some spectacular sights. The Sunset Limited runs largely parallel to the US Mexico border, crossing the states of California, New Mexico, and Texas before heading into the scenic wetlands of Louisiana. Its a great way to learn about Americas south western states, and sample some great Tex Mex cuisine along the way. .....
Grand Canyon Railway
6. Start Point Williams, Arizona, USA End Point Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, USA Theres no sight more breathtaking within continental United States than the deep gorges of the Grand Canyon, and theres no better way to reach the Grand Canyon than a ride aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. This is as much a ride through Arizonas wilderness as it is a ride through history. The train engine runs on steam, the coach car is vintage 1923 Pullmans, and the first class cars date back to the 1950s. .....
Rovos Rail Pride of Africa
7. Start Point Varies End Point Varies Theres no better way to experience South Africa than a trip aboard Rovos Rails trains. This heritage rail line consists of luxurious coaches and cabins that hark back to the 1920s. Routes include Pretoria to Cape Town, Pretoria to Durban, Pretoria to Victoria Falls and Cape Town to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Besides old world charm and gorgeous views of the South African countryside, the Rovos line also boasts some exquisite dining options and a lengthy wine list. .....
The Amtrak Adirondack
8. Distance 381 miles Start Point New York City, NY, USA End Point Montreal, Quebec, Canada Sure, it has a reputation for being slower than a wheeled wagon on the Oregon Trail, but the breathtaking vistas of the Hudson river valley and Adirondack mountains more than makes up for the delay. If you can look past the general tardiness, youll see why this train features regularly among the worlds 10 most scenic train routes. .....
The California Zephyr
9. Start Point Chicago, MI, USA End Point Emeryville, CA, USA The California Zephyr charts an epic journey across the American Midwest to the West Coast. Much of the trip cuts through endless corn fields not exactly the most exciting scenery. That is, until you hit Denver. From Denver to San Francisco, the Zephyr runs along the Colorado river and crosses the Rocky Mountains and Ruby Canyon. The scenery is dramatic and at the leisurely pace of 55mph, makes for one journey youll never forget. .....
Trans Harz Railway and Brocken Railway
10. Start Point Wernigerode, Germany (both Trans Harz and Brocken Railway) End Point Nordhausen Nord, Germany (Trans Harz), Brocken, Germany (Brocken Railway) The Trans Harz and Brocken Railway together serve the Harz Mountain region and Harz National Park in Germany. Both these railways still run on steam locomotives. Sitting aboard the train and watching these locomotives huff and puff up the highest peak in the Harz Mountains (Brocken) is a sight to behold. .....
Glacier Express
11. Start Point St. Moritz/ Davos/ Chur in Switzerland End Point Zermatt, Switzerland Mention the words Glacier Express to any train aficionado and watch his eyes light up like a child. This is arguably the most beautiful train route in the world, twisting and turning through 91 tunnels and 291 bridges as it makes its way from St. Moritz to Zermatt. The craggy Alps in the background and green rolling pastures in the foreground make this one epic trip youll never forget. .....
Venice Simplon Orient Express
12. Start Point Varies End Point Varies Theres no two questions about it the Orient Express is the worlds most famous train. Its featured in movies, TV shows and countless novels. Sadly, the original train ceased operations in 2009, citing rising costs and stiff competition from high speed trains. Fortunately for train lovers, hotel chain Belmond bought the rights to the train and now runs a number of luxury rail services on various routes, including the original, iconic Paris Istanbul line. .....
Alaska Railroad
13. Start Point Seward and Whittier, USA End Point Fairbanks, USA Americas least populated state is filled with verdant forests, towering mountains, and virgin beaches. The best way to see the stunning natural beauty of Alaska is a six day trip aboard Alaska Railroad. Youll run past the Denali and Kenai Fjords National Park, swing your way from the heart of the Yukon wilderness to the verdant coast near Anchorage , and cross dozens of bridges as you journey up to Fairbanks. The landscapes are so beautiful that youll even forget the generally poor condition of the train itself. .....
The Golden Chariot
14. Start Point Bangalore, India End Point Goa/Kochi As the longest railway network in the world (some 71,000 miles and counting), the Indian Railways is crucial to the countrys infrastructure. Most trains in the network are cheap with limited facilities and tons of crowds. You really wouldnt want to get aboard one of them unless you really know what you are doing. However, a range of new trains, such as Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Palace on Wheels, and especially The Golden Chariot are changing this perception. Painted in brilliant shades of purple and blue, this train travels through the major tourist destinations in South India. You get gorgeous views, impeccable service, and great food. .....
The Golden Eagle Trans Siberian Railway
15. Start Point Moscow, Russia End Point Vladivostok, Russia The Golden Eagle traces the famous Trans Siberian Railway line, traveling from the western end of Russia to its eastern coast, crossing 8 time zones and two continents. At 6,000 miles, it is the longest train journey in the world. Besides the Moscow Vladivostok route, it also offers routes through the Silk Road towns along Russias borders, and routes that run through Russias arctic region. .....
The Empire Builder
16. Start Point Chicago, USA End Point Portland/Seattle, USA For much of the journey, youll barely stifle yawns as the train lumbers through cornfields and flatlands. Then it enters Montana and the cornfields give way to hills and vast wilderness. You perk up a little, maybe hoping for the fabled landscapes youve heard so much about. You glimpse a few peaks, the forest grows thicker, and before you know it, youre right in the middle of the most beautiful place in the two Americas Glacier National Park. This stretch through the million acres of the park alone makes the entire trip worth it. .....
The Flam Line
17. Start Point Myrdal, Norway End Point Flam, Norway This tiny train winds through deep fjords and dramatic mountains as it makes its way up from Myrdal to Flam. The scenic beauty of the Flam Line has helped turn it into the third most visited tourist attraction in the country. .....
The Ghan
18. Start Point Darwin, Australia End Point Adelaide, Australia The Ghan luxury train covers 1,851 miles as it crosses the heart of the Australia continent, windings its way from Darwin to Adelaide. Its easily the most comfortable way to witness the scenic beauty of the Australian outback and experience life in the countrys remotest towns. .....
Eastern and Orient Express
19. Start Point Singapore End Point Bangkok, Thailand The Eastern and Orient Express covers South East Asia s most beautiful landscapes and tourist spots as it winds its way from Singapore to Bangkok. Along the way, it stops at Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth (Malaysia) and Kanchanaburi (Thailand), covering a total of 1,262 miles. With its stunning natural beauty, excellent Thai/Malaysian food, and luxurious interiors, you can see why it ranks among the 25 best train journeys in the world. .....
The Royal Scotsman
20. Start Point Edinburgh, Scotland End Point Varies This tourist favorite carries 36 passengers (yup, just 36) through some of Scotlands most dramatic landscapes. Youll cover Scotlands famous lochs, highlands and craggy cliffs with regular stops at tiny Scottish villages. Best of all, youll do it at a pace that barely excess 20mph at any given time. .....
The Blue Train
21. Start Point Cape Town, South Africa End Point Pretoria, South Africa At over $2,000 per head, a ride aboard the Blue Train isnt cheap. But the stunning views, 5 star hotel worthy facilities and decor, and excellent service more than makes up for it. Youll journey over a 1,000 miles as you cross the South African countryside from Cape Town to Pretoria, covering forests, grasslands, hills, valleys and endless wilderness. .....
Tranzalpine
22. Start Point Christchurch, New Zealand End Point Greymouth, New Zealand Ask any seasoned traveler what the most beautiful country in the world is, and youll get a unanimous response New Zealand. The popular Tranzalpine line runs through the prettiest parts of New Zealands South Island, covering a total of 139 miles in just over four hours. Youll cross the verdant Canterbury Plains, cross the Waimakariri River, and pass through the beautiful Southern Alps as you make your way to Greymouth. .....
Maharaja Express
23. Start Point Delhi / Mumbai End Point Mumbai / Delhi The Maharaja Express is arguably the most luxurious train in the world. Modeled on the opulent private trains and cabins of Indian Maharajas of old, this train runs between Indias two largest cities, Delhi and Mumbai. It boasts the single largest private cabin of any train in the world a carriage encompassing Presidential Suite spanning 448 square feet along with impeccably appointed interiors and excellent dining options. Little wonder that its consistently ranked among the most luxurious trains in the world. The beautiful views of the Indian state of Rajasthan are just the right kind of cherry on top. .....
Danube Express from Istanbul and Budapest
24. With stunning architecture in both Budapest and Istanbul (you can start your journey in either) and miles of legendary Transylvania countryside in between, the four day Danube Express serves as your base for sightseeing during stops in medieval Sighisoara (said to be the birthplace of Dracula) and Bran Castle (aka Draculas Castle). Fun Fact This hotel on wheels is the only international private train in Europe with en suite compartments and air conditioning. .....
Rhine Valley Line from Mainz to Koblenz
25. For postcard perfect views of centuries old castles overlooking a picturesque river, consider this 62 mile journey on Germanys Rhine Valley Line from Mainz to Koblenz. Castles appear every few miles including Pfalz Castle on an island in the river?and when you arrive at your destination in Koblenz, you can visit the fortress of Ehrenbreitstein for a panoramic valley view. Fun Fact With a Eurail Pass, you can switch on and off from the train to riverboats operated by the KD Rhine Line. .....
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway India
26. The romantic eight hour trip on this whimsical Lilliputian Toy Train from the Siliguri, in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, to the hill station of Darjeeling offers views of Himalayan peaks as high as 7,400 feet. Youll traverse through dense jungle, verdant valleys, tea gardens, and forests of maple, chestnut, pear, cherry, and cardamom trees on this two foot wide, narrow gauge line. .....
Semmering Railway
27. Departing from Gloggnitz, the hour long Semmering crosses the Austrian Alps Semmering Pass to M?rzzuschlag. Completed in 1854before the age of dynamite and tunnel drilling machines?it passes over 16 viaducts and through 14 tunnels, all carved by hand into the rock. Its one of the masterpieces of civil engineering from the pioneering days of railway building. .....
West Highland Line United Kingdom
28. Britains most stunning railway links the ports of Mallaig on the West Coast of Scotland with Glasgow. The 90 minute journey skirts somber lochs, lonely glens, moors, and castles before arriving at the aquamarine coast with views of the Small Isles Eigg, Muck, and Rum. .....
El ChePe Mexico
29. The most modern, comfortable passenger train in Mexico chugs along the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico, also known as the Copper Canyon Railway. The 13 hour trip connects the mountainous arid interior of northern Mexico with the Pacific coast, passing sheer canyon walls, waterfalls, high desert plains, and the imposing landscapes of the Sierra Tarahumara. .....
Douro Line Portugal
30. The 19th century steam train, pulled by a diesel locomotive, clings to the steep, rocky ravine along Portugals Douro River. The ride, which takes an hour and a half, offers views of the countrys famous Douro wine region and its charming villages, vine covered terraces, and olive groves. .....
Bergen Railway Norway
31. Northern Europes highest railway overlooks some of the most pristine glacier carved fjords in Norway. The seven hour train crosses the high mountain range between Oslo and Bergen, then runs across the windswept, barren Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the largest protected wilderness area in Europe. Later it descends through lush valleys to the Hanseatic city of Bergen. .....
Bernina Express
32. Travel from St. Moritzs icy alpine glaciers to the swaying palm trees of Tirano, Italy, on one of the steepest stretches of track in the world, built without rack rails, pinions, or cables. In the summer, travelers ride for two hours in an open air carriage; its the perfect opportunity for photography without the impediment of glass. .....
Kyushu Seven Stars Japan
33. We British love trains. We invented them, have written poems about them, and adore films featuring them. As long as its not the 8.10 commuter train into London Bridge, trains make us feel timelessly elegant. Such is the transformative power of travel in reality I may be just another scruffy Brit carrying too many bags but, in my head, Im Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, mincing down the platform with a ukulele. The Kyushu Seven Stars aims to rival luxury train journeys such as the Orient Express, and theyve thrown everything at it. Theres handcrafted woodwork and delicate art throughout. There are musicians, magicians and on board staff who have spent a year in pre launch training. There are showers lined with aromatic hinoki cypress wood, ceramic sinks inspired by Satsuma porcelain, bamboo blinds and shoji, Japanese paper screens. .....
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Sharmila Tagore. One of the Iconic Bollywood Actress Sharmila Tagore born a Hindu at 8 December 1946, and that remained her faith until she married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.She established herself as a popular Hindi film actress with Shakti Samanta s Kashmir Ki Kali .....
Most Amazing Streets in the World
Nanjing Road Shanghai China. Once known as Nanking Road todays Nanjing Road still continues as the most famous shop and marketstrewn street in all of China perhaps even all of Asia! As the worlds longest shopping street Nanking Road is six kilometers (nearly four miles) long an .....
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