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Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey

Route: Mumbai to Delhi

Route: Mumbai to Delhi India’s famous Palace on Wheels, with its plush carpets and gilded tableware, used to be the epitome of luxury rail travel. But things have moved on a bit and nowadays, the rather swanky Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey is where it’s at.

There’s a gym, beauty salon and massage centre on board, and yes, a good few bars so you can still get stuck into your G&Ts – this is upmarket India after all.

The route connects Mumbai and Delhi via Rajasthan, so your journey could include cave excursions at Ajanta, a jungle safari at Sawai Madhopur and of course, that all important photo op at the Taj Mahal.

The damage: Seven-night package from £375 per person based on shared occupancy of a suite cabin.



Route: Cuzco to Machu Picchu

This train used to be called the Backpacker, and despite the name change still has cheap tickets and extra rack room for bulky rucksacks.

The three-hour journey begins in Poroy (eight miles from Cuzco) before winding 50 miles through the Sacred Valley, the Andean foothills, and then following the path of the Urubamba river.

For the best views of the river and Inca ruins, make sure you nab a seat on the left hand side of the train going up to Machu Picchu and on the right hand side when you return.

The damage: A one-way ticket costs from £40.


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Photos: Manu/arc en ciel / Les Arcs Tourism, Daniel Elkan, Getty, Thinkstock


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