Travelling by train has its own charm. Indian Railways has train routes which takes you across seas, hills, plateaus and also across the borders of the country.
India is one of the countries with the largest railway network across the globe. The railway network connects every nook and corner of the country. The trains takes you for a ride through some picture perfect locations and gives you a chance to sit back and enjoy the journey as the train takes you to your destinations.
Nothing can be compared to travelling by train in India. The railways are the veins and arteries of India, the railway is divided into 16 divisions making it easier for administration. The railways are also a medium to attract tourists for whom there are a number of special trains which takes you through specific trials.
Planning a vacation these days rarely comprises of train journey. If it does, then it is sure to give you a sense of nostalgia and takes you back to the good old days.
Here are 7 such beautiful train journeys in India, that takes you to most fascinating places across the country which comprises of steep mountains, narrow valleys and the wide seas. Read through the list and make sure you head to one of them and make memories.
1. Kalka To Shimla
Passing through the Shivaliks, the route between Kalka to Shimla is one of most scenic journeys in India. The Himalayan Queen Train passes through 107 tunnels, 864 bridges and through the Himalayan ranges, being one of the highest railway stations.
The Himalayan Queen is recognised by the UNESCO and has found its place in the World Heritage Sites list.
2. Konkan Railway (Ratnagiri-Madgaon-Honnavar-Mangalore)
The Konkan Railway offers amazing natural beauty through it routes. The train finds its way through the Sahyadri mountain ranges, a number of caves, river bridges, lakes and waterfalls.
The Dudhsagar falls can be seen in its full splendour while the train moves through it.
3. Mettupalayam To Ooty
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Mettupalayam to Ooty. It passes through the Nilgiri mountain ranges offering you a ride through tea estates, green hills and tall grinder bridges.
Most of the stations have very peculiar names, thanks to the British. Some of the station are Lovedale, Wellington and Fernhill.
In July 2005, this mountain railway founds its way to the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The famous Hindi song Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se was shot on the roof of NMR.
4. New Jalpaiguri To Darjeeling
It is considered as the oldest mountain railway in India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway offers breathtaking views of the mountain ranges which includes the Kanchenjunga. The speciality of this route is it pass through the natural loops, though it takes a relatively longer time, it sure is worth the time taken.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is also recognised by the UNESCO and has its name on the list of World Heritage Sites.
5. Jaipur To Jaisalmer
The Desert Queen rail route passes through the Thar desert giving you the view of sand dunes, barren desert land, desert wildlife and tribes.
6. Mandapam To Rameshwaram
The train ride across the Pamban Bridge provides an amazing view of the Palk Strait. It is the second longest sea bridge in India.
If you love to click pictures, this ride surely will give you some beautiful pictures to your collection.
7. Guwahati To Silchar
It is one of the best train journeys which offers you lush greenery, beautiful river valleys and tea gardens. The Assam Railway is one of the most dangerous stretches of railways.