Time travelling on the toy train: Dodging cows on a rail trip to Shimla and the heyday of the Raj



She sits in the sun, in the middle of the tracks, wondering what all the fuss is about. Luckily, we’ve met her at a junction, so there’s room for manoeuvre.
It’s not unusual to spot a cow on India’s railways. But given we’ve rattled over ravines and bumped across bridges the size of Roman aqueducts – all on a single gauge track – the timing of our encounter seems fortunate. 
Cows are sacred in India, so I was relieved, too, that we hadn’t caused any additional dilemma for the driver.
Our train shunts into the sidings and stops. There’s the low groan of the horn. The cow staggers to her feet... read more

 
30 January 2018 in Travel, Views: 30
Source: Daily Mail
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