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Offbeat Travel Ideas – Unique Railway Stations of India

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The Indian Railways is the largest railway network in the world. There are nearly 7,000 railway stations in India and they carry over 2.8 million people every day! Some of these railway stations really make your travel beautiful due to their grandeur and scenic locations.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus happens to be the busiest station in India and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dudhsagar railway stations lies left of the glorious Dudhsagar falls and the Cuttack railway station resembles the 14th century Barabati Fort that lies in the Kalinga region. Here is a look at some of the unique railway stations in India.

Ghum Station

Ghum Station

Ghum is a small village near Darjeeling and is famous for its railway station which is India's highest and the 14th highest railway station in the world. Tourists visiting Darjeeling should make it a point to visit this railway station.

Photo Courtesy: Tirthankar

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remarkable railway station is the pride of Mumbai and is also an icon of hope. On the 26th of November the station was under attack by terrorist groups, an incident that shook the country. Today this station is a glimmer of hope for all those who survived the testing times.

Photo Courtesy: Aaditya Ganapathy

Dudhsagar Railway Station

Dudhsagar Railway Station

The Dudhsagar Railway Station is located in one of the most scenic places in India. The station lies to the left of the Dudhsagar Falls and those travelling by train can see the falls through their windows. This scenic location shot to fame after the movie Chennai Express shot a few scenes here.

Photo Courtesy: Purshi

Vashi Station

Vashi Station

The railway station at Vashi is what you can call complete urbanisation. The railway station has a built in commercial complex of the International Info-tech Park. Passengers travelling from here do get a feel of how an MNC works and for the employees of the company it is always pleasurable to work in a creative surrounding.

Photo Courtesy: Sthitaprajna Jena

Cuttack Station

Cuttack Station

Is it a railway station or is it a Fort? This is the most frequently asked question by tourists who travel to Cuttack and see the railway station here. The exterior of the building resembles a fort and at times do take tourists by surprise as they come here hoping to explore a fort but are amused when they see it actually is a railway station.

Photo Courtesy: Aruni Nayak

Kanpur Central

Kanpur Central

One of the four Central Railway Stations in India, the Kanpur station is a huge structure that tries to replicate the majestic Char Bagh station. People coming here get a feeling that they are entering a palace thanks to the many domes and minarets that the station has.

Photo Courtesy: Raulcaeser

Vijaywada

Vijaywada

The railway station at Vijaywada resembles a government building and has many visitors intrigued by its design. This station has often taken tourists by surprise as they mistook the building to be a Government House.

Photo Courtesy: MyVijayawada

Howrah

Howrah

This one is the oldest and the largest railway complex in India. The Howrah Station was built by the British when Kolkata was their seat of power and have designed it according to British architecture. Today, this station is a major hub in the east and transports a large number of people to and fro from the city.

Photo Courtesy: Lovedimpy

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