Win a DVD copy of Great Indian Railway Journeys

Win a FREE copy of Great Indian Railway Journeys – Series 1 on DVD. Watch train enthusiast Michael Portillo as he journeys through the vibrant and rich cities of India.

Win a DVD copy of Great Indian Railway Journeys

from the Punjabi city of Amritsar to the stunning mountain views of Shimla

DESIblitz, in association with Network Distributing, is giving away a free copy of the fantastic BBC series, Great Indian Railway Journeys on DVD.

Series 1 of this incredible cultural documentary follows railway enthusiast Michael Portillo as he travels through the hot and vibrant nation of India on one of the world’s largest and most intricate rail networks.

From Amritsar to Shimla, and Lucknow to Kolkata, Portillo discovers that travelling on an Indian train is a truly unique experience.

Since they were first introduced to the country, India has held a strong, and sometimes violent, relationship with trains. Incredibly, the first railway journey was recorded in 1853 between Mumbai (then called Bombay) and Thane only 34 km away. A year later came the first passenger train, and over the next 50 years, trains became an integral part of Indian life.

A unifying means of transport between the different states and cities meant that the incredible diversity of communities, dialects and cultural traditions of Indians were able to mix and integrate with each other.

Following the 1947 Partition of India to create Pakistan and later Bangladesh, railways became an even more important way for citizens to cross borders.

Today, millions of Indians will travel on the railways to get from city to city.

From chai wallahs to overcrowded carriages, the true sights, smells and venerable landscapes of this great nation can perhaps only be properly witnessed atop an Indian train, as Portillo finds out on this enlightening cultural journey.

Watch a clip from Great Indian Railway Journeys here:


In each of Michael’s four railway journeys, he explores a different corner of India. Disc One of the DVD follows Portillo from the Punjabi city of Amritsar to the stunning mountain views of Shimla, the foothills of the Himalayas.

He also travels through the Thar Desert in Rajasthan from Jodhpur to the Indian capital of New Delhi.

On the second disc, we see Michael make his way to India’s southern states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, as he travels from Mysore to Chennai. His final epic journey takes him from the Mughal heart of Lucknow to West Bengal’s Kolkata.

With a 1913 copy of Bradshaw’s Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel in his hand, depicting India during the British Raj, Portillo compares how India has evolved and moved on from its colonial past post-independence.

An enlightening and educational voyage of one of the most intriguing nations in the world, Series 1 of Great Indian Railway Journeys is a fascinating and unmissable watch.

We have one DVD to give away to one lucky winner.

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The competition closes at 12pm on Wednesday 9th May 2018. Please read the Terms and Conditions of the competition below before entering.

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