India has just announced that it is building infrastructure for a bullet train that will run the 325-mile journey from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.

The project won't be complete until 2022 so in the meantime, here are seven of the world’s best train journeys to get you inspired.

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1. Rovos Rail, Africa

 

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Rovos Rail journeys are designed to give you a taste of old school glamour: mahogany, champagne, cigars and formal dinners.

One of the best trips on offer is a nine-day, 2,113-mile Namibian Safari journey. Don't worry though, it's a definite upgrade from your First Great Western commute. 

2. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

This 5,572-mile journey is one of the longest in the world, traversing eight time zones through Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok.

You can get the six-day public train and meet the locals, or splash out on the Golden Eagle, a luxury train that caters to those with Tsarist tastes.

If you get bored of Russia, you can even hop off and pop into one of the two routes to Beijing in China.  

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3. TranzAlpine, New Zealand

 

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The scenery that you will see on this 139-mile journey through South Island, New Zealand is unsurpassable.

On this comparatively short five-hour journey you will see much of what this beautiful island has to offer through the panoramic side and roof windows from the comfort and warmth of your seat.

Take in the magnificent mounts and vast Canterbury Plains before arriving at the West Coast where you can explore rivers, rainforests and glaciers.

This is definitely one for nature lovers.

4. Train to the Clouds, Argentina

 

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Not one for those with fear of heights, at 4,220 metres above sea level this is the fifth highest railway in the world.

It runs along from Salta to the Valle de Lerma and through Quebrada del Toro on an eight-hour, 135-mile journey.

Predominantly used by tourists, it stops along the way so you can be sure to pick up some artisan goods for souvenirs and some regional snacks.

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5. Orient Express, Europe

Synonymous with old-school luxury travel, the Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service created in 1883.

It is now operated by the luxury hotelier Belmond Group, they offer trips from London to Venice, London to Paris via Venice, and Paris to Istanbul, complete with fine dining and accommodation in opulent, glamorous suites.

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6. Train Suite Shiki-Shima, Japan

 

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Despite huge prices, would-be passengers have to apply for a spot on the train and are chosen by a lottery for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Comfortably accommodated in a high-tech suite, you will traverse parts of Japan, stop off at World Heritage sites, enjoy the sea breeze and eat some of Japan’s best food on a journey that promises to be “full of discoveries like no other you’ve experienced before”.

7. Kristinehamn to Gallivare, Sweden

 

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On this epic 800-mile journey you will travel up the spine of Sweden, into Lapland, and 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the Inlandsbanan.

It is only open for three months every summer, which means you can enjoy a sunny midnight every night – all the better to see the bears, lynxes and wolves you will pass.

What are your favourite train journeys? Let us know in the Comments section below.