China vs India, Head to Head Train

Recent growth in trade and movement of people between China, Nepal, and India provides sufficient evidence to support the development of a rail route. For tourism and business travel, today most people choose to travel by air. Nepal, with a population of 27.8 million people, is one of the world’s poorest countries and after being hit by devastating earthquakes it needs an economic transformation. 

India to Kathmandu Link

Looking forward to increasing regional connectivity, Indian Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu said that talks are on to have rail connectivity between New Delhi-Kathmandu and Kolkata-Kathmandu. Speaking at the two-day meeting on “Strengthening Indian Rail Transport Connectivity in South and South West Asia”, Prabhu said that - physical connectivity is required for market integration and Indian Rail can transport huge capacity as compared to other modes of transport. The Railways train enquiry system can be efficiently used to check the PNR Status of any booked ticket. The landlocked Nepal is willing to have a more convenient link to India because it believes that India's development will offer great opportunities for Kathmandu. 

Himalayan Railway connecting Tibet with Kathmandu

Chinese officials say trans-Himalayan railway connecting Tibet with India and Nepal is economically and technically feasible as Beijing looks to make Tibet an economic and cultural hub connecting China with South Asia. The Himalayan railway would start from Xigaze, in Tibet, run to Gyirong, a land port on the Chinese border, and extend into Nepal. China built a railway running for more than 1,100 km to connect the highland region of Tibet and extended it to Xigaze, connecting the city to Tibetan provincial capital Lhasa. The Gyirong mountain pass to Nepal lies at about 1,800 meters, making the railway geographically feasible.

Moreover, China sees Tibet as a cultural, economic and humanitarian hub to connect with India and other South Asian countries with Silk Road projects. With its beautiful thangka (Buddhist-themed paintings on cloth) and unique clothing, Tibetan culture is very attractive in the Himalayan region. The rail info of the region would be of great importance to China, as there is a huge demand for high-quality, authentic Tibetan goods, like incense and highland barley products.

"A Himalayan train ride at 100 kilometres per hour at the foot of the world’s highest snow-capped mountains and oldest glaciers is no longer just a dream"

Trains run at 100 km/h throughout the Tibetan rail system which is supported by a highly-efficient Train enquiry system. China and India hope the rail link will boost economic, cultural and religious communication with Nepal, which aims to improve connectivity along the historical Silk Road.

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