BBC's Great Indian Railway Journeys from Amritsar to Shimla

Beginning in the Sikh holy city, presenter Michael Portillo (aided by Bradshaw's 1913 Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel ) is dazzled by the beauty of the Golden Temple and awed by the scale of its langar - the world's largest free kitchen. His route then takes him through the Punjab, India's breadbasket. Portillo samples traditional chapattis, has a colourful kurta made up in one of the Punjab's biggest cloth markets, and can't resist the foot-tapping rhythms of Punjabi bhangra dancing, made famous by Bollywood. At Kalka, he glimpses the Himalayas for the first time and joins the 1906-built mountain railway for a stunning climb to Shimla.

Originally presented by BBC Two