18 Insanely Beautiful Train Journeys In India That Will Compel You To Log-in To IRCTC Right Away

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Planning a vacation rarely encompasses a train expedition nowadays. But if it does, it certainly takes us back to the childhood days when holidaying meant travelling in a train.It also meant admiring the changing landscapes as the train passed through towns and villages; playing cards or memory game; chitchatting over warm tea in earthen cups (locally called Kulhad); yummy munchies and lot more!

This time round, we take you on some of the most fascinating train routes in India that cover absolutely enthralling and diverse landscapes – steep mountain slopes, narrow valleys and wide seas. Go through the list of these beautiful train journeys and make sure you head to one of them, the one that you find to be truly out of this world. And guess what, you will have a bag full of cherished memories as return gift!

1. Jammu – Baramulla

Kashmir Railway Gifts you Travel Charisma

Kashmir Railway passing through the scenic route from Jammu to Baramulla

The railway track connecting Jammu, Udhampur, Srinagar and Baramulla is not only picturesque and enthralling but also one the most challenging railway projects. It is located in the high earthquake intensity zone with undulating and rugged terrain and extreme cold temperature.

2. Pathankot – Jogindernagar

Mystics of Kangra Valley

Himalayan Railway enroute Jogindernagar
If you want to enjoy the thrills of Kangra Valley, the river bridges, deep gorges and exclusive flora, enjoy the pleasant but quite slow ride of 164 kms from Pathankot to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh.

3. Kalka – Shimla

A Spellbinding Journey to the Summer Capital

Kalka-Shimla toy train passing through the mountains

If you want to cherish picturesque valleys, steep pathways and foggy meadows, travel to Shimla in the narrow gauge train. This little toy train, now considered as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, starts from Kalka and travels 96 km upslope through 102 tunnels: (the longest tunnel located at Barog), 82 bridges, deep valleys, steep curves, rolling bends, forests of deodar and rhododendron, pine and oak.

Few trains like Siwalik, Kalka-Shimla, Himalayan Queen, Rail Motor and Siwalik Queen ply on this route. The journey is truly enchanting but at a slow pace as the train ascends the slope rhythmically through stations of Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Tara Devi, Barog, Salogra, Totu, and Summerhill to reach the summer capital. It is one of the best north Indian train journeys.

4. Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

Xerophytic Route

Dessert Queen through Jodhpur-Jaisalmer

The Rajasthan trip which is otherwise full of colours, can have an extra bright shade if you travel to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur in Delhi Jaisalmer Express. The travel time in the train called the ‘Desert Queen’ takes close to 6 hours to reach the destination.

The journey is not at all monotonous. In fact you see diversified topography like typical desert landscape with xerophytic vegetation, yellow soil, dunes, grazing camels and scattered settlements of the desert inhabitants. The passengers will surely get a feel of the desert safari before reaching the land of the Golden Fort.

5. Mumbai – Goa

Journey through the Enigmatic Ghats

Konkan Railway route include the picturesque journey from Mumbai to Goa
The journey from Mumbai to Goa intersecting through the gorges of Sahyadari and fringes of Arabian Sea is equally or perhaps more thrilling than the holiday. Mandovi Express, as a part of the Konkan Railway network, travels between Mumbai and Goa.

The route is full of scenic landscapes, ranging from tunnels, bridges, coastal peripheries, steps of Western Ghats (other name for Sahyadari), innumerable small rivers, seasonal streams and lush green meadows. Do not forget to take out your handicam or camera and capture the highlights of stunning Indian train journey.

6. Hubli – Madgaon

Vasco da Gama Route

Dudhsagar Falls enroute Hubli from Madgaon

While travelling from Hubli to Madgaon, experience one of the most thrilling and enchanting train journeys in India. The train passes through the gigantic and mostmagnificent Dudhsagar waterfalls gushing out from a 300 metres in full vigor.

Once the train reaches the waterfall, you will be amazed at the cascading beauty and force. If you decide to enjoy it closely, quickly get down at Londa junction, which is the nearest station to Dudhsagar falls.

7. Matheran – Neral

Heritage of Maharashtra

Train from Matheran to Neral

The narrow gauge railway running between Matheran and Neral passes through the rugged terrains of the Ghats and has gained immense tourist attraction. This only Heritage railway of Maharashtra running a distance of 20 km is surely included in the list of India’s best train journeys.

8. Karjat – Lonavala

Monsoon Trip

Karjat to Lonavala is one of the most beautiful train routes of India
The journey from Karjat to Lonavala through Thakurwadi, Monkey Hills and Khandala is mystic and witnesses wide range of biodiversity on all sides of the Western Ghats.Monsoon season is recommended because of the lush green views and beautiful rain scenery that it offers.

9. Ratnagiri – Mangalore

Charming Konkan Railway

Konkan Railways passing through dense forests enroute Ratnagiri-Mangalore

One of the most mesmerizing railway tracks lies in the Konkan Railway network, in the Ratnagiri to Mangalore sector.

The journey is truly absorbing and the dense forests, mighty Western Ghats, deep tunnels, river bridges, sharp bends and innumerable seasonal streams will leave the travelers spellbound and hypnotized.

10. Tamil Nadu – Rameshwaram

Journey Intersecting the Ocean

Train from Tamil Nadu to Rameshwaram on the Pamban bridge

Besides thrill and adventure, train travel from Mandapam in Tamil Nadu to Rameshwaram on Pamban Island oozes calm and serenity. It is certainly one of the top ten best Indian train journeys.
One of the most beautiful train routes in India, it passes over the second longest bridge of India, the Palk Strait, which is the only route that connects mainland India to Pamban Island.

11. Mettupalayam – Ooty

Voyage in Landscapes of Nilgiris

Nilgiri Passenger’s journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a scenic one
Running since 1908, ‘Nilgiri Passenger’ still runs on steam engine, going from Mettupalayam to Ooty. As the train ascends the Nilgiri Mountain, thick pine, oak and eucalyptus forests, bends, curves and tunnels, it moves along Asia’s steepest track with maximum gradient of 8.33 percent.
Nilgiri Passenger travels 26 km up the slope in almost 5 hours via stations like Kallar, Adderly, Hillgrove, Kateri, Runneymede, Kateri, Coonoor and Lovedale.

12. Vishakhapatnam – Araku Valley

The Tunnel Topography

One of the most fascinating train journeys in India is from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

The journey from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley through innumerable tunnels and sharp loops is quite an interesting one. Started as a mode to transport iron ore and other minerals to Vishakhpatnam from Chhattisgarh, this railway route in India is a treat for the eyes as well as the soul.

13. Bangalore – Kanyakumari

Banglore kanyakumari train route

Another scenic journey through the typical landscape of South India – the picturesque villages, plantations, meadows and water bodies is from Bangalore to Kanyakumari. The Island Express travels 944 km in about 19.5 hours and surely take you the land of ‘Malgudi Days’, undoubtedly paving its way to the list of best train journeys in India.

14. Hassan – Mangalore

Magical Malnad

 

India’s scenic train route from Hassan to Mangalore via Malnad

Witness a pleasant train journey through scenic waterfalls, lofty mountains, palm plantations and rice meadows from Hassan to Mangalore. Railway voyage along this stretch of the Malnad region is truly refreshing and perfect delight for travelers.

15. Bhubaneshwar – Brahmapur

The Serene Journey

 Vishakha Express on the one of the most mesmerising rail routes in India - Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapur

Another of most beautiful train journeys in India is from Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapur, with lush green Malyadri on one side and serene Chilka Lake on the other. You may be lucky enough to see lots of migratory birds, so don’t forget your camera.

16. New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling

The Heritage Voyage to the Summer Resort of British Raj

Tourists clicking pictures of the toy train from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling

A pleasant upslope journey from the foothill region through loops, turns and bends can be experienced from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The 78 km long quaint journey takes almost 8 hours and passes through Siliguri Town, Siliguri Junction, Sukna, Rangtong, Tindharia, Mahanadi, Kurseong, Tung, Sonada, Ghum, Rongbul, Jorebunglow and Batasia Loop.

Though the journey, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is sluggish but certainly leisurely. The surrounding hill-valley topography especially from Ghum (the highest narrow gauge railway station in India) and Batasia Loop adds extra flavours of delight to your trip.

17. Alipurduar – Jalpaiguri

Jungle Safari on the Wheels

An elephant crossing the rail tracks

Want to pass through dense forest and see elephants and rhinos while passing by? Plan a train journey in the foothills region of North Bengal.

Travelling to Alipurduar, Jayanti, Moorti, Samsing, Baux and Jalpaiguri will take you through the reserve forests of Gorumara, Jaldapara, Mahananda and Buxa while crossing seasonal streamlets.

18. Guwahati – Silchar

Awes of Assam

Train from Guwahati to Silchar

This journey meanders through river Jatinga, lush green Assam Valley, tea plantations and undulating Haflong valley. The route from Guwahati to Silchar via Lumding and Barak Valley makes it one of the most beautiful train journeys in India.

Aren’t all these routes, absolutely stunning? If you have more to the list, share us with them in the comments below, and let the word spread.

This article was originally published at www.traveltriangle.com and is written by Sukanya Sen.

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