To enjoy the real journey in India, traveling by train is the best way. In fact, it is the perfect way for you to experience the real India and the oldest mode of transportation that is operating before the independence of India. The rail journey in India is one of the most cheering feelings which travel lovers would explore at any given time. Moreover, the pleasure of being on a train and gazing at scenic landscapes from the window seat is just another one of its kind traveling experience. If you are planning a trip to India and wish to experience the wonderful rail journeys, then read on to know about the popular ones!
Kalka to Shimla
The first of rail journeys is the famous ‘Kalka to Shimla’ rail route. The imposing toy train journey from Kalka to Shimla is a fun-filled retreat to people who are passionate about rail journeys. The railway track was first established during the age of British government in 1903 and was named as ‘little meter-gauge railway’. The whole distance covered between Kalka to Shimla is 96 KM and on the route, the train goes through 102 tunnels and 87 bridges. You can capture the vistas of nature’s beauty at its best. This five hour journey is considered to be the most beautiful rail route journeys. The majestic toy train passes through hills, lush forest of oak, valley rhododendron, Pine trees and Deodar trees. The train route was also declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008.
The next is Konkan Railways. These railways are another most wonderful rail journey in India that starts from Mumbai to Kerala. This rail route goes via the picturesque Konkan coast, making the journey, one of the most thrilling and offers pictorial scenic beauty on the way. The train journey was first introduced in the year 1998 connecting Mumbai to Kerala by 760 KM. The monsoon season is the best time to travel and experience the incredible view of lush green scenery.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
One of the most famous tourist attractions of Darjeeling, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway travels through the route from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. While on-board, you can enjoy the change of climate and pictorial landscape while travelling to the route as the rail passes through various landscapes along with various altitudes. The train route begins from New Jalpaiguri and lasts till Darjeeling. Also called as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the toy train runs on meter gauge, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The wonderful journey of this route offers picturesque view of the Himalayas and passes through tea gardens, dense forests and if you get lucky on a clear day, you might get a chance to enjoy the view of snow-clad Kanchenjunga.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is simply an amazing rail journey, which begins from Mettupalayam, the plains of Tamil Nadu to Ooty (passing through Coonoor in between). The railway line was primarily introduced by the British in 1908 in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the amazing journeys that will take you to 7228 feet from a height of 1069 feet. The exclusivity of this route is that it provides many of scenic beauty on the way to Ooty from Mettupalayam and goes through 250 bridges and 16 tunnels. All along this journey, one can enjoy the view of lush green hills, the tall girder bridges and tea gardens.
Kangra Valley Railway
The Kangra Valley Railway is one of the most mesmerizing train journeys in India. The journey from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh is a real treat to the eyes and takes 164 km to cover the total distance. Kangra Valley Railway is another railway to run in Himachal Pradesh apart from Kalka Shimla railways. This slow speed train runs through valleys, rivers as well as many other scenic landscapes. This is truly an amazing train journey that offers incomparable scenic beauty and the view of snow-clad Dhauladhar hills on the way.
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