The Indian railways that contrive by endless curlicues to reach the hill stations are all splendid journeys, but the finest on a clear day has to be the “Toy Train” to Darjeeling, once the summer retreat for Calcutta. The views over the Himalayas and of the world’s thirdhighest peak of Kanchenjunga are stupendous. The railway is now a World Heritage Site and efforts are being made to retain steam traction and the railway’s character, but visitors should check the status of the Gorkhland independence conflict before going.
Where: SDEnterprises Ltd (020-8903 3411; www.indiarail.co.uk)
How much: £17 (first class)
How long: 6hrs 15mins