Monisha Rajesh, Train Travel Special

Today, we're embarking on a special adventure – a voyage through the enchanting world of train travel. Our guest today is a true connoisseur of locomotion, travel writer Monisha Rajesh. In 2010, Monisha spent four months travelling around India by rail recounted in her debut book, Around India in 80 Trains. After India, Monisha took on the world, over seven months and 45,000-miles, on an adventure through the global rail networks, which later became her next book, the brilliant Around the World in 80 Trains.


Today, we’ll hear Monisha’s train travel diaries, from her earliest train travel memory being carried across the train tracks in Switzerland by her parents, to falling in love with train travel on a journey from Mumbai to Goa and her all time favourite journeys, to suit all budgets. From journeys that last just a few hours to those that last several days, Monisha brings to the life the unique perspective that travelling on a train can give us as travellers, the romance, the camaraderie, the excitement, unparalleled vistas, and a deep connection to the world around us. She evokes it so beautifully in our episode today. I think this is one you’re going to love.


So, all aboard, and let’s get started, with Monisha.


Destination Recap:


  • Switzerland
  • India
  • Mandovi Express, from Mumbai to Goa, India
  • US Amtrak
  • Delhi, India
  • Cannes to Ventimille Train, France to Italian border 
  • Canadian railway Vancouver to Toronto
  • European Sleeper Brussels, Belgium to Berlin, Germany
  • Rome to Palermo, Italy train 
  • Norway midnight sun train Oslo to Trondheim and Trondheim to Bodø
  • Skeena Train, Jasper to Prince Rupert, Canada
  • Transmongolian Railway
  • The Santa Claus Express from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland 


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