Indian Railways can be said to be an entity on their own. Running through the highly diversified country, Indian railways carries nearly 9 billion passengers annually over the tracks that run more than 71,000 miles. Nothing can match the pleasant experience of staring at the beautiful landscapes fly past the window, to the monotonous chug chugging of the train. Traveling by train can be an experience in itself, especially if you happen to embark on a journey on these 7 most beautiful train routes in India.
7. Hubli-Madgaon-Vasco da Gama route:
Theis considered to be one of the most beautiful train routes of India not just for the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, but moreover for the exquisite beauty of Dudhsagar waterfalls which it passes through. The milky water cascading from a height of 310 meters at first appears like tiny milky streams, but as the train comes near the traveler is overwhelmed with the sheer beauty of the four tiered gushing waterfalls. The Londa Jn is the nearest railway station for those who want to pay a visit to the falls.
6. Jaipur – Jaisalmer route:
In striking contrast to the lush green sceneries you run across in India, the Jaipur – Jaisalmer train route offers you the bright sight of yellow sand dunes stretching over miles, with dots of camels, villages or habitats in between. The route is strewn with the essence of rural Rajasthan, the pastoral lifestyle, huts made of striking red bricks, camel herds and burning hot desert.
5. Pamban- Rameshwaram Sea Bridge rail route:
Standing strong against one of the most demanding climatic conditions, the Pamban-Rameshwaram Bridge is the pride of Indian railways. Rebuilt after being washed away along with a train in the Tsunami of 1965, this is the second longest sea bridge in India. Spanning over 2 km with 143 piers, this is the only transport link between Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. The experience of riding the Palk Straits cannot be easily matched by any other train journeys you embark on.
4. Konkan Railway route:
Konkan railway route runs across the beautiful Konkan coast, connecting Thokur in Karnataka to Roha in Maharashtra. Pummeling through hills, passing through its vast 91 tunnels, flying over more than 2000 bridges and slithering through the Western Ghats, the journey on the Konkan Rail route doesn’t get boring even for a moment. The lush green forests and amazing sights can make your journey memorable forever.
3. Kalka – Shimla train journey:
The 96 km journey by train from Kalka – Shimla is considered to the one of the best in India by any traveler who loves train journeys. Passing through breathtakingly beautiful hills and valleys of Himalayas, the narrow gauge railroad never fails to thrill you to no end. The railroad consists of 102 tunnels, 864 bridges and 919 curves including a sharp curve bending at 48 degrees, the journey falls nothing short of a roller coaster ride.
2. Jammu – Udhampur railroad:
Facing the challenge of extreme climatic conditions, fluctuating from extreme cold snowy mountains to hot desert lands, the train runs through one of extremely tough terrains making it one of the most exotic rail routes of India. The 53 km long railroad passes through 20 major tunnels and flies over 158 bridges as its chugs its way through the scenic Shivalik Hills.
1. Darjeeling – Himalayan Rail route:
The Darjeeling Himalayan rail road, lovingly called the toy train was constructed between the years 1879-1881. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, an honor which was only shared by Semmering Railway of Austria. The 78 km narrow gauge long railroad passes through the magnificent forests, tea gardens, rivulets and mountains of Himalayas making it one of the most special rail routes of India. If you are lucky, you could catch a glimpse of the great Kanchenjunga peak from the window of your train.