Travel Around India On These 10 Unmissable Train Journeys
Almost every Indian has a bittersweet affair with trains. From those train journeys of our childhood, we took home in summer vacations to growing up and travelling on a train with friends, and a train will be an indispensable part of our lives.
But what makes it even more memorable are the ever-changing vistas we would take in sitting by the window while the rest of the passengers slept away. With India’s topography, there is still no shortage of stunning views on a rail route. Even if travelling via train takes more time, we know we will do it in a breath because some rail routes are visually satisfying. And if you go for the sole reason to take in such views, here are ten train journeys in India you need to travel through.
1. Jaisalmer to Jodhpur Train Travel
One one end of the journey you have the ‘Golden City’ and on the other, ‘Blue City’! These two spectacular cities offer breathtaking vistas. From the expansive Thar desert to colorful houses, this route gives you all. Board the Delhi Jaisalmer Express to take this journey. Soak in the view of camels riding against the backdrop of golden sunsets and dunes in the evening.
2. Kalka to Shimla
One of India’s most scenic rail routes, the Kalka Shimla Railway route takes you through a picturesque landscape like none other. Traveling through 102 tunnels and steep ridges, take a ride of this toy train to soak in the view of oak and pine forests.
The route becomes all the more beautiful during winter. Snow-covered ridges and forest make up for the perfect winter wonderland.
3. Jammu to Banihal
Surrounded by the Patni and Pirpanjal range, Jammu’s rail route to Banihal transports you in a paradise, literally! As you move towards Banihal, snow-covered Himalayas come into view, forming the backdrop of lush green forest and valleys.
That’s not all – since most of the route has been constructed on stone bridges, your journey truly becomes more exciting.
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4. Siliguri to Darjeeling Toy Train
Mist-covered forest, Kanchenjunga visible in the distance and the chance to stop at one of India’s highest railway stations, the Siliguri to Darjeeling route offers all this. This 9-hour journey on the toy train takes you through vast green tea plantations and beautiful villages. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
5. Vasco Da Gama to Pune Junction
The highlight of this 2000 km long train route has to be the breathtakingly beautiful Dudhsagar Falls. Covering almost six states, the entire rail route is complete with dense forests, stunning landscapes and coastal towns offering a peak in different regions’ culture, the Goa express should be on top of your list.
6. Ernakulam to Trivandrum
This 250-km long stretch from Ernakulam to Trivandrum via Kollam takes you on a visual journey like none other. Soak in the serenity of the small coastal and fishing villages of Kerala. You will witness the beauty of God’s Own Country as you pass through paddy fields, coconut palms, and tranquil lakes, all at once.
7. Koraput to Rayagada
Limestone caves, stunning farmlands, and hills that form the backdrop of it all! The journey from Koraput to Rayagada in Orissa offers you all this and much more. Board the Hirakhand Express and get ready to be amazed at scenic vistas you have never seen before.
You will witness serene coastal villages and green inland regions on this scenic rail route on the Eastern Ghats.
8. Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley
Offering views of the valley on one side and hills on the other, this scenic rail route in Andhra Pradesh is four hours of pure visual delight. From fragrant coffee plantations to small villages inhabited by tribes of the region, you will find it all on this train ride from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley.
The entire train ride is four hours long and covers 52 tunnels.
9. Tamil Nadu to Rameswaram Train Journey
How often do you get a chance to witness the merging of sea and sky from the window seat of your train? Not a lot, right? But, if you want to see this surreal sight, take a train ride on the 2.4 km long Pamban Bridge on the Palk Strait.
Apart from the picturesque sight, the rail ride takes you on a coastal journey through South India, a different experience.
10. Ooty to Mettupalayam
Passing through Coonoor, the rail route from Mettupalayam to Ooty offers you a chance to soak in views of tea plantations, mist-covered valleys, and forest. The train travels at a speed of 12 km/hour, giving you enough time to take it all in.
The 5-hour long journey takes you through 250 bridges and 16 tunnels and some of the most beautiful stops like Wellington, Hillgrove, and Lovedale.
When they say that the journey is equally (if not more) important than the destination, they must have had these scenic rail routes in mind. If you love train journeys, it is time you ticked off these routes from your list. They are worth your time.
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