Romantic Railways

Get on board a railway journey that has a royal lineage and a past that go back to over 165 years.

Get onboard the train for a stunning journey. Watch the landscape change its colours. Discover country’s myths, legends and stories. Interact with people and participate in their cultural activities. Find joy, happiness and bliss all at the same time. Get onboard a train once and we ensure you that your India experience will stay with you all your life.

Railways don’t just connect India but traversing diverse terrains and criss-crossing varied cultural landscape it is also a great way of seeing the country. And with a rich legacy that’s more than 165 years old, Indian Railways, in itself has turned into a major attraction.

The history of Railways in India dates back to 1853. It was when the first train of 14 carriages hauled by 3 steam locomotives Sultan, Sahib and Sindh travelled for 45 minutes between Bombay and Thane covering a distance of 21 miles and started a journey that has made railways in India one of the largest and longest in the world.

Undoubtedly, if there is one place to experience the varied facets of India it has to Indian Railways.

Innumerable foreign films have been shot on it. It has been the central theme of many Indian films. Countless travellers and fiction writers have used it for their bestsellers and thrillers.

Quite frankly selecting a journey is a daunting proposition. Literally there are hundreds to choose from. From the experience of the heritage in “Fairy Queen” and the majesty of royalty on “Palace on Wheels” to cutting through the entire length of the country right from the Himalayas in the North to the Indian Ocean at the Southern tip on “Himsagar Express” or for that matter winding on the hills on UNESCO World Heritage “Darjeeling Himalayan Railway” there is no dearth of choice.

One of the overlooked parts of the railways is its distant cousin—trams. India will be among the few countries in the world that still has operational tram public transport system in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in East India. Even though the lines are old and the coaches might appear like a haggard old lady but yet it manages to run efficiently ferrying the people to their destination. If interested you can charter a tram and spend time roaming carefree on the roads of Kolkata.

So get onboard with us. Let us know of the experience you would prefer to have. We can assure you that we will find that journey. Click Here

Sustainable Stay on the Himalayas

Sunnymead Estate

Nostalgia… Yes, that’s the right word to describe your stay at Sunnymead. One of the last surviving residences still standing tall in Shimla, here you can catch the whispers of the bygone era and wade into the time when its pace was much gentle. Sunnymead Estate was constructed at the turn of the last century and its design was adapted from an English architectural book by R.A. Briggs also known as "Bungalow Briggs.” You can flip through the pages of his book, a copy of which is carefully preserved in the house.

Traditions abound in its every nook. The Bungalow makes use of the local Dhajji architecture, and when it went past its prime the owners decided not to replace it with brick and concrete structure but used the local architectural tradition to make it stand in its former glory again. The exterior paint is still in the traditional lime wash.

The mansion is situated at the edge of an Oak and Rhododendron Reserve Forest and one of the best ways of reaching this place is by a leisurely “chuk chuk’ train from the plains. And while you are there in Shimla use your stay to explore the relaxing ambiance. You can also visit Everest House, where the man on whose name Mt. Everest, the highest peak on earth was named, stayed. Click Here

Hill Railways – On Romantic Tracks

Hill Railways – On Romantic Tracks

As they chug across the mountains negotiating the umpteenth hairpin bend, the Indian mountain railways bring to you a journey of the bygone era. At times moving at a pace slower than your gait and at times taking a long path to turn around which will make you feel that you could have done it faster on your foot the sheer joy of travelling in them is unparalleled.

The fun filled journey is spread across almost every region of the country. In the north you have Kalka-Shimla Railways and Kangra Valley Railway. In the east the famous DHR or the Darjeeling Hill Railways featuring in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Down south there is the Nilgiri Hill Railway and in the west the Matheran Light Railway. Whichever track you may opt for it will get you an experience that will remain with you all your life. And if you wish to add spice to your railway journey why not charter a “toy” hill train?

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Your Experiences

Matter to Us

Research along with the desire to turn your journeys into lifelong memories is the forte at Secrets of India.This has often led us to explore unchartered territories and into some of the lesser known experiences of the region. A case in point is your railway tour. For which we dug up old facts,read the stories of

pioneers railway men and in the process amassed stories that are sure to make you railway journey interesting and anecdotal. We also researched on the major rail routes and collected some landmark Hollywood films that feature Indian Railways. Click Here

Know Your Advisor

A wanderer by nature Reshma has travelled extensively in India. She has been in travel trade for almost 20 years and over the years has worked with some of India’s largest destination management companies. Known for her for story telling and a thorough knowledge of India’s history

and its culture, Reshma adds joy to travelling.The guests love her vivacity, which along with her empathy towards people and her anecdotal style of story telling turn trips into lively affair. At Secrets of India she wishes to embark on a new entrepreneurial journey getting one step further in realizing the dreams of a voyager.    Click Here

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We are sure Sri Lanka will rise. The scars of that cowardly terrorist attack will one day fade away. The country will walk tall. As we write this the signs of Sri Lanka’s spectacular rise is already palpable. But the journey is still far from over. Being a travel agency we are concerned about the manner in which the travelers of the world held their plans to visit the country.

To change that sentiment is the challenge we have taken up. We assure you that we are doing our best to bring more number of travelers to visit this amazing country. That’s the way we are contributing to bring happiness back to this carefree nation. And when you are in Sri Lanka why not pamper the urge for exotic in you by chartering the Viceroy Special train and travel in true colonial “sahib” spirit. Click Here

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