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Ten top Indian rail journeys

Earlier this year Monisha Rajesh travelled the length and breadth of India by train – here she highlights some of the most spectacular routes. Also read her hints and tips on how to navigate the Indian rail network

From Wes Anderson and Danny Boyle to Michael Palin and Paul Theroux, Indian Railways have entranced dreamers, intrigued authors and inspired filmmakers. That’s because there’s no other railway like them on Earth.

With 18 million daily passengers, 1.4 million employees and 17,000 trains operating on 64,000 kilometres of track, it’s a locomotive pick and mix of sizes, speeds, shapes and colours – and that’s just the passengers.

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