Come aboard this grand tour of one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cultures on a collection of world heritage-listed railways that forge their way into the spectacular landscapes of the Himalayan Mountains. Since its humble beginnings in 1854, the Indian Railways have become one of the largest and longest in the world and with 1.6 million on the payroll, it’s also one of the world’s largest employers. For travellers in India, the railway is a window to their culture and character, the lifeblood of the nation that is used by almost every Indian regularly in all manner of trains, from rustic non-reserved travelling slums to ultra-luxury palaces on wheels and the delightful little ‘Toy Trains’ that climb the impossibly routed railways up to the old colonial ‘hill stations’ of Northern India.
Barbara lives in the Blue Mountains and has a solid background in travel, tourism and hospitality. She has worked in wholesale and retail travel, then as an events coordinator in a 5-star hotel, before living and working in Japan for 2 years as a conversational English teacher with her husband Duncan. Once back in Australia, she managed of group of spa cabins and wedding venue, and for the next 10 years owned and managed a local Teahouse and Australian Gallery. Barbara has been part of the Railway Adventures tour leader team since April 2021 and loves being part of a like-minded group that supports a well-planned and inspirational itinerary, creating lifelong memories with enthusiastic passengers. She always enjoys having the opportunity of travelling and meeting new people, and has a real understanding of traveller’s expectations and needs. She’s also a member of Oral History NSW and her latest venture is recording individual life stories.