Travelling by train in India is a rich experience, the only way to get around in my view. What better opportunity to see and meet local people, as well as absorb the landscapes of the country outside the main cities and sites.
Here are a few of my favourite photos taken while sitting on a train in India… starting with a chaiwallah brewing the magic elixir as we pulled into a Delhi railway station early in the morning.
It’s a struggle to get aboard the crowded commuter trains in Mumbai.
Waiting for a train in this part of the world is no problem.
Saddhus visiting the railway station kiosk at one of the many, many stops on the Kangra Valley train journey.
Another of India’s ‘toy trains’, this time up to the hill station of Simla. Punjabis come here on holiday in their droves.
Mr Wandering Kiwi buying a railway ticket in India.
We couldn’t afford a trip on the Palace on Wheels but we passed it with a wave from a regular Indian train on our way through Rajasthan.
Refilling the water bottles near Amritsar.
The Wandering Kiwi enjoying the classic sleeper carriage on the trains in India. A Palace on Wheels it is not but all the more rewarding.
Note the stolen airline blanket coming in handy (one of my top travel packing tips).
By Natasha von Geldern