Kanga Valley Railway

Hop on the train at Pathankot to take the 164km journey to Jogindernagar, India. You will not be complaining about how slow the train on the Kanga Valley Railway takes (approximately just short of 10 hours) because of the amazing views to take in along the way. Encountering 33 stations and 970 bridges, people marvel at the engineering involved. The trains are simple but characters and culture are magnificent; stalls on the platform, cups of tea passed through train windows and Hindi songs being sang for tips. Travel past beautiful orange groves and tea gardens, playgrounds were children take their school lessons, low-forested hills and snow-capped mountains.

The most amazing thing about this experience is that it has an astounding price. A ticket for this train is 35 rupees, equivalent to 42p! Astonishingly, not many tourists take this train; only a fraction of the amount of people that take the celebrated ‘toy train’ up to Shimla, about 70 miles South.

The stretch of 18 miles from Mangwal to Kangra is the most picturesque with the majestic Ban Ganga Gorge and the deep Kangra Chasm. Approaching Palampur you will be presented with snowy peaks, 15000-16000ft in height. From here, the line runs parallel to Dhauladhar range (much nearer than any other railway in India).

If you need any more persuading, just look at pictures online, its breathtaking.

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Idea from The Week Magazine

Ghost Town in the Rockies

A remote area in Colorado contains the small town of Dunton which was founded in 1885 by gold miners. It was abandoned in 1990, but the hot springs carried on attracting visitors until 1994 when a German entrepreneur bought it and turned it into a luxury resort. It is said to have exquisite food and incredible service with no end of outdoor activities. With it being a two hour drive to the nearest town, you really feel like your part of American History. Each cabin has luxury facilities, beds, underfloor heating and baths surrounded by windows overlooking woodland. A library is available with a full collection of a variety of books, a big leather arm chair and a wood-burning stove.

Dining is communal which may put some people off but the characters you are likely to meet in a place like that could be extremely interesting. Outdoor activities are frequently undertaken by people staying here. Hiking, cycling, riding etc. or enjoy some nice yoga in a beautiful place. Campfires in the evening, roasting marshmellows after watching an old American western movie. You can fish nearby and there are plenty of walks to complete. Why not visit the World’s smallest sauna which is situated in a wagon on wheels!

This is the only Colorado resort to win an award and many packages are available. Cabins, glamping and visiting the Dunton town house. The town is so close to the San Juan Mountains and just steps from the West Fork of the Dolores River. Prices are a bit high but it is a beautiful place, full of character, portraying a different view for a romantic or family holiday.

I am writing about this place because I am looking for places to go when travelling, when the time comes. Idea for this place came from the week magazine.

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