Train travel is synonymous with India; the Great Indian Railways capture the imagination of most travellers who visit the country who would like at last one part of their journey to be on a train. The standard trains that ply the country are certainly an experience, but they are a great way of seeing the country and meeting the local people first hand. Then there are the luxury trains, a world apart and which take in different regions of the country in the style in which the Maharajas used to travel. Expert chefs on board, cut glass crystal for your wine, private ensuite carriages with the finest linens, ensuring you wake up fresh and eager to visit your new destination. Then there are the Toy Trains, most built by the British in order to escape the plains and head to the hills during the summer months. Many of these are now protected but still ply the old routes and are a wonderful experience to try, if you aren’t in a rush!