10 MOST AMAZING TRAIN EXPERIENCES IN INDIA! HOW MANY HAVE YOU DONE SO FAR?

 

India is the largest growing economy in this world, having a population of 1.2 billion people, of which 2.3 million everyday travel from one place to another using Indian railways. Indian railways is the largest means of used public transport in India, and it also is the third largest network of railways in the world. And in turn a large part of Indian annual budget is contributed to Indian railways, because according to the experts, ‘Indian Railways has a great untapped potential underneath !!’. Childhood memories of summer vacations for most of us revolve around train journeys, which can be termed as ultimate mode of transportation. An interesting fact about our railways is that it is almost 161 years old, and t if the railway tracks would be laid, they would circle the earth around 1.5 times !!

 

A train journey in India is a matter of great excitement and fantasy not only for children but also for adults too. Train travel is a fascinating way to explore India. It showcases the country’s immensity, variety and color, particularly over long journey . Those livelier memories of old days, when gets mixed with the fun and excitement of travelling with the Indian Railways, simply makes for an amazing experience! To take this experience further, here are 10 of the most wonderful train routes that you must enjoy in India:-

 

Kalka-Shimla route, The Himalayan Queen :-

The Kalka-Shimla route on the Himalayan Queen boasts of being its name in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for embarking on the steepest trail. Covering a distance of 96 km, this rail route offers sheer excitement. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, this rail track was built way back in 1903.

Sandwiched between the lofty Shivalik ranges, the train passes through 102 tunnels and cross around 82 bridges. Crisscrossing its way through pine, maple and oak trees, this train is a huge charm amid holidaymakers in Shimla, making it one of the top things to do in India. Fresh air and wonderful views are other added bonuses.

 

Jalpaiguri-Darjeeling route, Darjeeling Himalayan railways :-

Also known as the ‘Toy Train’, the World heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the most scenic train routes in India. This is the oldest mountain railway of the country with splendid circular loops as its highlights. The most famous part of this track is Batasia Loop, which offers wonderful views of Darjeeling town and Mt Kanchenjunga. This makes Darjeeling, one of the most- visited tourist destinations in India.

While moving on an upward trail from Sukna, the train traverses through green tea estates, a few small towns, and a small forest of chestnut pear, cherry and maple. Do not miss out on noticing the Gurkha settlements. The distance covered by the train is 78 km including a busy highway. Scenes and songs from popular Bollywood movies like Aradhana, Parineeta and Barfi have been shot in the train or featuring it.

Palace on wheels:-

The Palace on Wheels, launched in 1982, was the pioneer of luxury Indian rail tours and, refurbished over the years, is still hugely popular. Six nights on board are at the heart of Great Rail Journeys’ 15-day tour which takes in the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra for the Taj Mahal), Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. It also features three nights in Shimla, with a journey on the Toy Train.

 

Jaisalmer – Jodhpur:-

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.

 

Chennai-Rameswaram, Sethu Express :-

 

Known to be one of the most beautiful and highest travelled routes in the country, the Chennai-Rameswaram train link is truly an awe-inspiring experience you can have in India. Rameswaram, which is considered as one of the most holy places in the country, is the main attraction of this alluring train route.

According to the mythological legends, Lord Rama built a bridge in Rameswaram to cross the sea and rescue Sita. This train journey will surely make you feel the aura of the legends along with offering an overwhelming experience while crossing the sea over the narrow Pamban Bridg

 

Hassan – Mangalore:-

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.

 

Bhubaneshwar –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.

 

Udhagamandalam-Coonoor Route, Nilgiri Mountain Railway:-

Nilgiri Mountain Railway deserves to be featured on this list of 10 most amazing train experiences in India. The Udhagamandalam-Coonoor railway line in Tamil Nadu was laid during the British rule. The scenic experiences on this train route of 26 km are matchless, in comparison to any other train journey.

The best part here is that in this short distance the train has to cross about 16 tunnels and over 200 curves filled with verdant scenery. Chugging on the ‘ABT Rack and Pinion’ system, the train offers lovely views of the hill town of Ooty and the other nearby delights. This is one of the highlights of Coonoor, a popular family holiday destination.

 

Jammu-Udhampur Route, Kashmir Railway

While discussing about most amazing train experiences in India, we just cannot miss out including the charming Kashmir Valley. The snow-covered mountain peaks, the lush environs, and cool breeze- all are simply captivating. The rail route might be a blessing for the travelers but it is one of those high-maintenance routes.

Starting from the picturesque Jammu Vally and going till Udhampur, this train covers a distance of around 53 km as it passes via adrenaline-charged terrains, including the lofty Shivalik Ranges and some main earthquake zones. Along with valleys and mountain edges, the train also traverses through 158 bridges, and 20 tunnels. One of the highlights of this journey is passing through the tallest railway bridge in India.

Mumbai-Goa Route, Mandovi Express

Mumbai, the commercial and entertainment capital of the country and Goa, the party capital of the country, this is another panoramic rail route, filled with thrilling experiences to create memories. Journey between these two places is going to be a memorable affair for all.

The train track spreads over 580 km. Spanning around 12 hours, this journey is a wonderful mix of serenity amid nature, and busy life schedule, along with charming bridges, various rivers, quaint hamlets, thick jungles and much more.

 

 

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