Airdate: Great Indian Railway Journeys

SBS is to screen another Michael Portillo travel series, Great Indian Railway Journeys.

The popular host undertakes classic Indian journeys, aided by his Bradshaw’s 1913 Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel.

Portillo has also filmed Great Australian Railway Journeys which SBS is yet to formally announce.

Episode One: Amritsar To Shimla
Michael Portillo embarks on a classic rail journey from Amritsar to Shimla. Along the way he helps feed the thousands at the world’s largest free kitchen and travels the railway routes used by millions of migrants during Partition. He gives his trademark colourful wardrobe an Indian twist, and reaches the foothills of the Himalayas, where the epic Kalka to Shimla hill railway carries him to the former summer seat of the British rulers of the Raj.

Tuesday, 14 August at 7.30pm on SB


  1. The ex politician who was a minister under Thatcher can’t be bettered as a host for this type of show. This will be a must watch for me following his great coverage of European and British isles railways.

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