Just the thought of train journeys invokes a lot of memories in us. Rushing to the railway station, waiting at the platform with family, making friends inside the train and having a great time with them… Train travel stories are endless, and so are the amazing train routes in India. Today we take you through some of the must experience train routes in India that you should plan someday, if you’ve not not explored them.
Kalka – Shimla
Take this toy train ride on the Kalka-Shimla rail route and enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes through the way. You can also experience the amazing 102 tunnels on the way, and marvel at the 82 bridges as you take this breathtaking journey through one of the most mountainous and scenic rail routes in India. Interestingly, this rail route has also entered the Guinness Book of Rail Facts and Feats for being the greatest narrow gauge engineering in India.
New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling
This lovely train journey takes you through some of the most beautiful tea gardens in India, giving you a whiff of fresh air as you pass by the greenery and forested landscapes, hills and valleys. This route covers beautiful places like Siliguri, Ghoom and Kurseong. It also covers several loops and steep climbs, one of which is the Batasia Loop.
Ernakulam – Thiruvananthapuram
This route takes you through the lush beauty of coastal Kerala. The rows of lined up coconut trees, green paddy fields, serene backwaters and natural water channels through the way make this journey worth taking.
Jaisalmer – Jodhpur
Enjoy a desert safari on train! Yes, this route takes you from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur through deserts and dunes, with views of grazing camels, settlements of desert inhabitants and the sands that are spread beyond your vision. Unless the otherwise colourful look of Rajasthan, the journey gives an altogether different feel to your Rajasthan trip.
Mandapam – Rameswaram
This is one of the best train journeys in India. Travel through the scenic Palk Strait, which is the second largest bridge in India. Take this calm journey and relax yourself as you reach Rameswaram to explore the city further.
Vasco Da Gama – Londa
This train journey is from Vasco Da Gama in Goa to Londa in Karnataka. This is one of the most beautiful rail journeys in India, taking you through an array of Goan villages as you pass by. You can get the perfect view of the Western Ghats as you travel this route, with a blend of waterfalls and greenery to attract your attention.
Pune to Delhi – The Deccan Odyssey
If you’re looking for a luxurious train journey in India, go for the Deccan Odyssey that takes you from Pune to Delhi and back, in a journey of 10 nights. You can cover some of the must-visit attractions of the nation such as the Ellora caves and Taj Mahal. Apart from the places to visit, enjoy the ambiance and the royal service offered.
Mettupalayam – Ooty
Travel through the Nilgiri mountains and a long stretch of pine forests, oak trees, and eucalyptus trees. The route also goes through several tunnels, bends and curves. You can also travel on the steepest rail route in Asia as you take this beautiful route.
Guwahati – Silchar
Have you travelled by the tea plantations of Assam? This route takes you through the lovely lush Assam valley and the unending greenery on the way. Barak Valley and Lumding are two of the scenic places on the route.
Visakhapatnam – Araku Valley
This amazing rail route takes you through lush green coffee plantations, the majestic Eastern Ghats, and the Shimiliguda railway station that is the highest broad gauge railway station of India. The route also offer several bridges and tunnels to keep you excited through the way.
What are you waiting for? Book your tickets now, pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the beautiful diversity of the rail routes in India.