10 Most Beautiful Train Routes in India
Nowadays planning a vacation rarely comprises a train journey. But all of us have memories of traveling in a train, buying a couple of magazines/comics at the intermediate stations; kids hogging onto munchies and enjoying the variable landscapes and older ones chitchatting with the fellow passengers with a cup of tea and lot more. This time around, we have got you some of the breathtaking and beautiful train routes in India that cover absolutely captivating and diverse topography, from steep mountains to wide seas.
Here is the list of 10 most scenic rail journeys in India which will take you all down the memory lane and set your avidness to board on soon.
1. Kashmir Valley Railway
Route: Jammu – Udhampur – Srinagar – Baramulla
Nestled between the pristine Himalayan valleys, this train route is the most beautiful railway line of India. Traversing through snow-covered peaks, this train ride indeed takes you through the most picturesque valleys of Kashmir. This route is a treat to the eyes of the onlookers during the winter season when there is snow all around.
2. The Kangra Valley Railway
Route: Pathankot – Kangra – Palampur – Jogindernagar
Being the last mountain railway to be constructed during British Raj in 1929, this route crosses over many bridges but passes through only 2 tunnels giving complete exposure to nature’s vast creations. On the way, it makes way through various passes, lush green valleys, and rivers. One can also spot the impressive view of the Dhauladhar range once you cross Palampur. Although this might be a slower way and can take hours but the journey is worth with its beautiful scenic views.
3. Himalayan Queen Toy Train
Route: Kalka – Kandaghat – Shimla
This is definitely a fun ride to British summer capital Shimla, running over a narrow gauge, which will awaken the inner child in you and take you back in the time. Running in the magnificent valleys, steep pathways, and foggy meadows, it travels 96km upslope through 103 tunnels, 864 bridges, and hundreds of stunning curves. Also Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is an outstanding example of incredible engineering solutions.
4. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Route: New Jalpaiguri – Ghum – Darjeeling
Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage site, this toy train journey takes you to another breathtaking experience with its variable terrain from Jalpaiguri being a plain to the altitudes of Darjeeling. Prepare yourself to rejuvenate with the mesmerizing smell of wide tea gardens and thick forests and one can also spot the great Kanchenjunga if the sky is clear. It climbs through the number of enthralling reverses and loops, one of the most scenic is Batasia Loop. Also one of the Bollywood movies, Parineeta is featuring this toy train. Check out some of the beautiful views of this train route in this song.
5. Desert Queen
Route: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
‘Desert Queen’ as the name suggests takes you to a trip to the never-ending deserted region of the west. Apart from the colorful Rajasthani trip, this route will showcase you the whole monochromatic frame of the Thar Desert with diversified topography like xerophytic plants, sand dunes, traditional mud houses, and camels grazing. This journey will definitely give a desert safari feel to the travelers.
6. Matheran Hill Railway
This toy train running from Neral to Matheran runs on a zigzag trail giving its passengers a joyful and pollution free ride in the lush green valleys of Sahyadri Hills. Although the span is just 20km long, the train takes two and a half hours to reach the destination. Despite the slow pace, you can still enjoy the refreshments and tranquil atmosphere outside the window.
7. Konkan Railway
Route: Ratnagiri – Madgaon – Honnavar – Mangalore
Another impressive journey is of Konkan Railway from Ratnagiri to Mangalore. With its exciting scenic beauty, thick forest, long tunnels, rivers, magnificent Western Ghats, and numerous seasonal streams leave the travelers spellbound. Traveling on this route after the monsoon is bliss.
8. The Goan Odyssey
Route: Vasco Da Gama to Londa
This train route rejuvenates its travelers with beautiful altering landscapes throughout the journey. Starting from Vasco Da Gama in Goa it offers the pristine view of Goan villages and leads to the mighty Western Ghats with lush green mountains. As the vegetation decreases, the train passes through gigantic waterfalls sprinkling the water on your face. One of the magnificent falls is Dudhsagar waterfall gushing out from a height of 300 meters.
9. Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Route: Mettupalayam – Coonoor – Ooty
This train has been running for more than 110 years amidst the Nilgiris. Chugging through the verdant valleys, rocky terrain, and tunnels, this is considered to be Asia’s steepest rail route. This toy train traverses through the awe-inspiring thick forests and expansive tea gardens. It is also famous for the hit Bollywood song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ from Dil Se movie.
10. The Sea Ride
Route: Mandapam – Pamban – Rameshwaram
Palk Strait, being the second largest bridge in the country connects Mandapam in Tamil Nadu to Rameshwaram. This is a thrill ride for all those adventure birds, it runs on a narrow bridge above the Indian Ocean. Its grand vistas of turquoise waters and serene sunsets will leave you awe-struck.
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