Train rides have always been a pleasurable experience for me. I remember the first time I ever rode a train; taking 20 something hours to go from Ocala, Florida to Minden, West Virginia with a stop in D.C. It was my very first time traveling come to think of it.
And it was a great experience.
The thing I like about train rides is the “off the beaten path” feel you get when you ride one. You get away from the main highways and really see the backcountry from a different point of view. Not to mention how easy it is to converse with other people traveling.
When I boarded the train in Xining as I was making my way to Tibet, the experience was slightly different from the typical Western lineup but, all in all, it was relatively smooth. I had gotten a hard sleeper for my long journey on what was considered the highest train in the world. A good choice if you ask me. The journey was long and, other than socializing with other travelers, there wasn’t much else to do but nap, eat hot ramen noodles and take pictures of the surrounding terrain.
The terrain, as opposed to the wheat fields of central Missouri that I’m so accustomed to, was simply breathtaking and quite diverse.
Train from Xining to Lhasa
But enough of me chatting for now. Take a look at the surrounding scenery from the highest train in the world in the photos below and see for yourself! Keep in mind that these photos were taken through some not so clean windows so please excuse the sloppy shots. Other than that, enjoy the view from dusk till dawn and on through the afternoon.
The train ride itself took a total of 24 hours between Xining and Lhasa. But it was nothing short of breathtaking the entire time. I saw countless yak grazing on the miles and miles of grasslands under the watchful eye of their herders. In the background the Himalayan Mountains rose like a painting in a portrait shimmering flawlessly off the crystalized lakes.
In my opinion, the craziest part about the whole ride was how fast the terrain changed. You’d find yourself in grasslands one moment then in farmland the next. Either way, it was crazy but I really enjoyed the ride and highly recommend for you to check it out!
Besides, if you find yourself taking this train it will lead you right into Lhasa, where you would end up meeting with your tour group for Tibet, like I had, where you could have the opportunity to explore the local culture and then eventually make your way up to the base camp of Mt. Everest!
Have you ever ridden a train before?