All Aboard! 6 Unforgettable Train Rides in Asia

From Darjeeling to the Gobi Desert.

Suggested Route: Darjeeling to Ghum and back

Distance: 14 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 2 hours (approx.)

Ticketing Info: irctctourism.com, darjeeling-tourism.com

Wes Anderson’s whimsical Darjeeling Limited may not exist in real life, but the iconic toy train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway can still make your dream train journey in the Himalayan foothills happen.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the 19th century train zigzags, loops, and chugs through hills and lower plains at a snail-like pace, giving you ample time to appreciate the scenes right outside your window — from school children playing near the tracks to the breathtaking landscapes of the mountains.

Eastern and Oriental Express

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Andy Flores is a pathological penny pincher with impulse shopping and binge-eating tendencies. She’s constantly saving up for new adventures, so she dabbles in writing jobs here and there. Her not-so-secret dream is to be an extra in a big Bollywood movie.