Top 7 Most Beautiful Train Routes in India
New Delhi: There is something very romantic about trains. Many movies around the world have had their sets around a train journey. As the metallic vehicle navigates the iron tracks, the feeling one gets from watching the sweeping vistas pass by is beyond words, it is something that is felt by the soul.Also Read – 2022 Thomas Cup Final Live Score & Match Updates: India Win First-Ever Thomas Cup, Won 3-0 Against Indonesia
In our country, we have the largest railway network in Asia and many railway routes which have their own influence in terms of different parameters like time, distance, altitude, etc. Also Read – Latest Mumbai Local Train News: Good News for Commuters. Central Railways will put additional AC coaches into service from today
Here we share with you the top 7 most beautiful train journeys of India that you must undertake at the earliest opportunity. Also Read – Latest IRCTC Update: Indian Railways to operate 12 additional summer special high-speed trains between Mumbai and Gorakhpur
- Kashmir Valley Railway (Jammu-Baramulla)
The Jammu-Baramulla line connects the Kashmir Valley to Jammu, and from there to the rest of the country. It is a 356 km route that starts in Jammu and ends in Baramulla.
Kashmir Railway is not only scenic and thrilling but also one of the most challenging railway projects in Indian Railways.
During your journey you will pass through major seismic zones, high altitude passes and terrain and, of course, extreme cold. As they say, cold weather adds to the charm of a train journey, so be prepared with your woolens and winter gear when taking this train.
Additionally, the 359-meter (1,178 ft) high Chenab Bridge sits on this line, which when completed will be the tallest railway bridge in the world.
- Konkan Railway (Mumbai-Goa)
As you read this, the mind goes to the laugh riot Bombay to Goa, the comedy film whose most events take place on a bus.
But, Bombay is now Mumbai and here we are on the chuk chuk gaadi.
On this once-in-a-lifetime journey, you’ll discover stunning natural wonders including the majestic and beautiful Western Ghats or the Sahyadri mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of eight biodiversity hotspots in the world.
Then there are breathtaking curves, river bridges, greenery, lakes and waterfalls, courtesy of the Konkan Railway.
And yes, if it rains, you’ll get more than your money’s worth.
- Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (New Jalpaiguri-Darjeeling)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) or the Toy Train, is a 2ft gauge railway that runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal. Its design dates from the late 1870s and early 1880s.
It is an 88km long route and it rises from around 100m above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to around 2,200m at Darjeeling, using six zigzags and five loops to gain elevation . The little train passes through beautiful mountains and offers stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest in the background.
People come from different parts of India and the world to visit Darjeeling just for a ride in this beautiful yet powerful toy train, so why not you?
- Queen of the Himalayas (Kalka-Shimla)
In the laps of the Himalayas, this amazing journey takes about 5 hours to cover 96 kms. Sounds slow? It may be slow, but what it offers is more than just travel.
Sit back, relax and lose yourself on one of the most scenic journeys as it passes through 11 stations, 800 bridges, 103 tunnels and many curves before reaching Shimla.
From 1903, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed train takes you back in time with an exhibition of awe-inspiring scenery.
- Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Mettupalayam-Ooty)
Built by the British in 1908, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a meter gauge railway in Tamil Nadu. It is operated by the Southern Railway.
The train became operational in 1908 and in July 2005 UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway World Heritage Site.
It covers a distance of 46 km both uphill and downhill. The uphill journey takes approximately 290 minutes (4.8 hours) and the downhill journey takes 215 minutes (3.6 hours) crossing 108 curves, 16 tunnels and 250 bridges.
And yes, it rolls through deep valleys, thick forests with dense greenery and leafy walls. You can witness carefully pruned green plots of tea plantations (the world famous Nilgiri tea). It is definitely one of the top attractions and a must see whenever you are in or near Ooty.
- Sethu Superfast Express (Chennai Egmore-Rameswaram)
Sethu Superfast Express is a superfast train in the Southern Railway zone covering a distance of 602 km in approximately 10:50 hours.
It is not only one of the most beautiful and amazing railway routes in India but also has its share of thrill and adventure. This train crosses the Pamban Bridge over the sea and connects the city of Mandapam in mainland India with Rameswaram. Imagine a train ride on the vast sea on both sides and huge waves splashing the way.
- Kollam–Sengottai Accord Line
The Kollam–Sengottai railway line is in southern India and connects Kollam Junction in the state of Kerala and Sengottai in Tamil Nadu. This railway line is over a century old and has been completely converted to broad gauge and is now fully operational from Kollam Junction to Shengottai.
The Palaruvi and Kazhuthurutti waterfalls and the ecotourism centers of Thenmala are on the borders of this line. The Courtallam Waterfalls make this route popular with nature lovers.
It also offers a view of the 13 Kannara Bridge or the 13 Arch Bridge which consists of 13 arches, hence its name.
We have compiled this list with diligent and careful research based on the latest records. However, we strongly advise you to check the facts with your tour operator or people around you who have taken these train journeys before.