From a luxurious, multi-day adventure through Peru to a short hop across the border from Switzerland to Italy, these rail routes all have one thing in common — towering mountain views.
New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, India Since 1881, this old steam train has been a beloved part of northeast India’s forested landscape. Bright blue against emerald-green tea bushes, it weaves in and out of low-hanging cloud, giving a comical toot at every turn. Built by British colonisers, the railway was used to transport tea, rice and other produce up and down the Himalayan foothills.
Today, it’s a hit with Indian families on weekend breaks and rail fans keen to watch traffic grind to a halt as the train crosses the road, rattling past fruit stalls within arm’s reach. On a clear day, passengers will be treated to views of Mount Kanchenjunga, its snowy peak turning peach in the late-afternoon light.
How to do it: The train departs New Jalpaiguri daily at 10.30am and arrives into Darjeeling at 5.30pm. A one-way ticket starts from £10. Visit IRCTC to book.
Xining, China to Lhasa, Tibet Connecting Xining in Qinghai province to Lhasa in Tibet, this 22-hour journey is the highest rail route in the world. Barrelling around the Qinghai Lake through the night, passengers wake to the hiss of oxygen being pumped into compartments as the train reaches higher altitude, along with the sight of electric blue skies and blazing yellow plateau. Lakes gleam like molten metal and dreadlocked yaks graze up the slopes before the light chills to a blue glow from the icy sides of the Kunlun Mountains closing in around the carriages.
How to do it: A one-way ticket in a hard sleeper starts from £55, excluding the cost of a Tibet permit. Visit Tibet Travel to book.
Jasper to Prince Rupert, Canada Known locally as the ‘Rupert Rocket’, the Skeena train departs Jasper National Park three days a week, taking passengers into the deepest wilderness of British Columbia. With the ice-glazed tops of the Canadian Rockies sparkling all around it, the train curls out of Alberta past the Rockies’ highest peak — the majestic Mount Robson — followed by the Cariboo Mountains, at the foot of which lie teal-green lakes as still as glass. From a panoramic dome, passengers can keep eyes peeled for black and grizzly bears, white-tailed deer, elk and moose, as well as bald eagles swooping through the air.
How to do it: A one-way ticket starts from £98, excluding taxes. Visit Via Rail to book.
Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy Short but very sweet, a journey on the Bernina Express takes four hours to wind its way from the city of Chur in the Swiss Alps down to the Italian city of Tirano. Running on a narrow-gauge track that includes 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, the
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One of the best ways to get to know a country is through its food and beverage offerings. For the holiday season, check out these excellent wines from under-the-radar wine regions in different parts of the world (which we should be drinking more from!) for your wanderlust wine-loving friends who are eager to try something new. Note: All wines mentioned are available in the United States.
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Since its inception, Alpine’s vision has been and continues to be, to ensure students gain the specific skills, professional attitude, updated knowledge and practical experiences in the hospitality industry that employers want and need, now and in the future.
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Searching for the best places to visit that promote cultural diversity and sustainable travel? The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently released its third annual list of the Best Tourism Villages for 2023, a compilation of authentic, lesser-known places to travel. Consider this your new travel bucket list.
The ultimate tropical getaway, the Caribbean conjures images of palm-fringed beaches, rum-fueled dancing and lush jungle excursions. Pick any of the 700-odd islands that form an arc between Florida and Venezuela and you’ll get all these things and more.
December is upon us and for folks in Miami— or in the art world— that means: Art Basel Miami Beach. From December 6 to 10 (by-invitation private viewings are on December 6 and 7), the Miami Beach Convention Center will be home to 277 galleries; 25 of which will be participating for the first time, with two-thirds hailing from North and Latin America. In mediums ranging from paintings and sculptures to photography and digital art, some of the resounding themes this year include works that speak to nature, as well as cultural and spiritual geographies.
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