India was not always at the top of my travel bucket list until a few years back. In the December of 2010 I had just moved back to Scotland after years spent living in London and the French Alps. It’s fair to say that this was a time in my life when I was going through many changes. I had only been home a month and was working part time trying to establish myself professionally and settle back in to a life I hadn’t lived in a while! I had some time on my hands and was doing a lot of daydreaming! Anyway, I happened to stumble across this beautiful documentary “Indian Hill Railways” on the BBC one morning. It is actually a 3 part series focusing on 3 different train lines that travel to Indian Hill Stations. The one I stumbled on was the “toy train” from Kalka to Shimla. Now let me say, I am not at all a trainspotter, but this program absolutely charmed me! It talks not just about the train journey but the lives of the people associated with it’s running. I found the scenery and the narration quite captivating and decided right there and then that this was a journey I was going to make one day!
It would have been great to go right then and there but my financial circumstances meant that my feet were to be stuck firmly in reality for quite some time. But I didn’t forget and I didn’t give up! And now here I am less than two months away from realising my dream. In fact the dream got a bit bigger (as it always does with trip planning – “maybe I could just try and add…….”) but it has been built up around this desire to take this little “toy train”!
I hope I am not disappointed? I am sure I will not be!
Have you been inspired by a program, film or book? I’d love to hear about the stories that inspire you to travel! 🙂