Have you ever thought about what it feels like to experience the beauty and wildness of nature as your train journey chuggs further. Yes, probably the best way to experience the beauty of India is by taking a train ride, chugging its way along the unexplored terrain.
So here is a list of some of the most captivating train journeys that one would remember for a lifetime.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Mettupalaym to Ooty)
One of the most captivating train journeys of India is from Mettupalayam to Ooty which is also known as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, running for over a 110 years is another train journey that one simply cannot miss. The train trip takes one through the twisting and rocky landscapes before slowly making its way into the sprawling tea estates.
The Toy Train (New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling)
The stretch from Siliguri to Darjelling makes it one of the best train journeys of India and takes one through the dense forests, hill slopes, reverses and loops, making it an adventurous train trips for tourists. And that is not all.
The journey will also take you through over five hundred bridges, criss crossing at several locations making the train trip more enthralling and captivating. The train chugs alongside the busy highway and often intrigues the tourists with its slow but yet effective pace. The sight of the milky white Kanchenjunga Range from a distance makes the train journey more memorable.
Himalayan Queen (Kalka to Shimla)
This breathtaking views of the hills and surrounding villages from Kalka to Shimla makes it one of the best train journeys of India. One can enjoy some captivating landscapes as the train passes through 102 tunnels and 864 bridges. It passes along the picturesque Shivalik hills.
A morning ride along this stretch, chugging past the pine trees makes it a perfect train journey of a lifetime. Shimla by train is one such journey which the travellers should not miss.
The Goan Experience (Vasco da Gama to Londa)
The train ride from Vasco takes one from the beautiful beaches to the curves of Western Ghat Mountains offering a breathtaking sight of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, which is located on the Karnataka- Goa border and is one of India's highest and most exquisite falls.
The railway track lies very close to the falls and has few tunnels on the way making the journey more adventurous and captivating. The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon seasons when the flow of the water is high making the place more beautiful and adventurous. The tourists can also trek through the tunnels making the journey more memorable and adventurous.
The Kashmir Railway (Jammu to Udhampur)
This route has some 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges which offer breathtaking views of the rivers and valleys around the beautiful Shivalik Mountain Ranges. The captivating landscapes makes it one of the best train journeys of India.
Matheran Hill Railway (Neral to Matheran)
Matheran is a small hill station in Maharashtra nestled in the Western Ghats. The hill station is located close to Mumbai and is considered an ideal weekend getaway among the people of Mumbai. The Matheran Hill Railway is the only heritage railway in Maharashtra. It is considered as one of the best train journeys in India and and offers some breathtaking views of the hilly terrain and forests, making the train ride more memorable and enjoyable.
Arakku Valley Railway (Vizag to Arakku)
Arakku Valley is a popular spot for nature lovers, boasting of thick forests and coffee plantations. This train ride is considered as one of the best way to travel to Arakku Valley, which crosses a few caves and waterfalls.
The Sea Bridge Ride (Mandapam to Pamban to Rameshwaram)
The bridge connects Mandapam in TamilNadu to the Pamban island and is the second longest sea bridge in India, and this captivating train trip makes one fall in love with the landscape which crosses The Gulf of Mannar.
Ride through the Snow ( Qazigund to Srinagar to Baramulla)
A refreshing train ride through the Kashmir Valley is considered as one of the enticing train journeys of India, chugging through the snow capped peaks with the Chinar trees surrounding the landscape. The best time to take the train trip is during the winters when the surroundings are covered with snow.
So that was some of the exotic train journeys in India that travellers would cherish and remember for the rest of their life.