Admiring the changing landscapes as the train passes through towns and villages, buying a dozen comics and packets of munchies, fighting for the window seat – when it comes to having a memorable journey, there is no mode of transport that can come anywhere close to the Indian Railways. Here are 8 Indian trains and routes that are so stunning, you’d want to leave for a vacation right away.
1. Rameswaram Rail Route
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. It is also known as one of the most dangerous routes in India because it runs on a thin bridge.
2. Darjeeling-Himalayan Route
Breathtaking, quite literally when the route takes you on a series of landscapes, altitudes and climate changes; Jalpaiguri being a plain and Darjeeling, the hill station that serves the best tea in all of India. Who wouldn’t want to see the majestic beauty of The Himalayas from their train window?
3. Bangalore-Kanya Kumari Route
Another scenic journey through the typical landscape of South India – the picturesque villages, plantations, meadows and water bodies are what one experiences while travelling from Bangalore to Kanyakumari.
4. Jaisalmer-Jodhpur Route
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. Experience the desert like never before.
5. Guwahati-Silchar Route
The flavours of Assam offer one of the best train routes in India through the lush greenery, amazing river valleys and tea gardens. And no journey with lush green forests can be a bad journey!
6. Jammu-Udhampur Route
Kashmir Railway is one of the most scenic railway lines of India which passes through 20 tunnels and hundreds of bridges over the young Himalayas. The route is located in the high earthquake intensity zone with undulating and rugged terrain and extreme cold temperature.
7. Kalka-Shimla Route
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.
8. Mumbai-Goa Route
The train that connects you to both these special places is one that gives an equally stunning experience running between the Sahyadri hills on one side and the Arabian sea on the other. Here’s another reason to visit Goa!