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Most Beautiful Rail Routes of India

Reaching the station for train travel, bought magazines, comics from the station’s bookshop, took packets of chips and fought for window seats. All this is etched in our minds like an unforgettable memory. It would not be wrong to say that the train journey in India has been created and settled in the veins of the countrymen. This article will talk about 12 such train journeys in India (12 Best Train Routes in India) that take you to a utopia (the most beautiful rail journeys in India). The network of Indian Railways, touching different cultures, travels 30 million people of the country every day.

12 Best Train Routes in India

Himalayan Queen (Kalka to Shimla )

For travelers who like movies and like to be ‘filmy’ while traveling, the “toy train” journey is perfect for them. This toy train, which runs on the Kalka to Shimla route, looks like a children’s car and wakes up the childishness inside you.  Started this 96 km long rail track in 1903; in this entire route, the train passes through 102 tunnels, 82 bridges. There are 18 stations on this railway line. The Kalka-Shimla railway line is also known as KSR. In 1921, the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi also traveled through this route. There are 919 turns on the entire railroad, and on sharp turns, the train turns at an angle of 48 degrees. The Kalka-Shimla railway line is called the narrow gauge line. The width of the track in this is two feet six inches.

During the 5 hour journey on this train, you witness such a beauty of nature that leaves you astonished. Pine trees, oak trees, pine trees, valleys, forests settle in your heart. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling )

A toy train has yet another impressive journey in India. This journey takes place from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. When this train gives you a glimpse of the landscape, high altitude places, and changing weather, then believe the truth; the view is breathtaking. Jalpaiguri is a flat place, whereas Darjeeling is a hill station known for giving India the best tea. 

This train journey takes you through tea plantations and forests. If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you can even see the hill of Kangchenjunga. This train passes you near the tea gardens, and you smell the tea here. This train runs on the meter gauge line and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

Vasco Da Gama to Londa

Traveling from Vasco Da Gama in Goa to Londa in Karnataka, you see the beautiful villages of Goa, and this view creates a sense of satisfaction in you. This moving journey towards the Western Ghats gives you the green views and mountains spread far and wide. As soon as there is less greenery, waterfalls start adding to this journey. The best time to make this journey is when red welcomes you in the clay soil after the monsoon.

Mumbai to Goa

Travelers often talk about these two places. One city is famous for its glamor and busy life and the other for its vacation mood. The train that connects these two cities also shows you astonishing views on this journey. On the journey of this train, there is Sahyadri Hill on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other side. And also, in this journey, a total of 92 tunnels and 2000 bridges come. In this journey, you get precious moments every moment and never-ending water sources. Villages built under coconut trees spread a lovely shade.

Kanyakumari –Trivandrum

It is a short train journey, but its beauty is immense. In this journey, you see coconut trees and historical Tamil and Kerala architecture. Kerala welcomes you to a whole different style of churches and architecture. The journey of this train shows you the most beautiful views of South India.

Matheran Hill Railway

Maharashtra’s only heritage railway, Matheran, is still the choice of people in Mumbai and outside. For people who like peace and a pleasant atmosphere, this journey is perfect for them. This journey passes through the middle of the forest and covers a total distance of 20 kilometers. In this journey, whether you are alone, with family, or with friends, it makes you forget everything that you bring here.

Mandapam – Pamban – Rameswaram

It is considered one of the most dangerous roads in India. It is one of the existing routes. This bridge is the second-longest bridge in the country, and it connects Mandapam in Tamil Nadu with Rameswaram Island. This is a route that makes you fall in love at first sight.

The Indian Maharaja- Deccan Odyssey

One of the special luxury trains in India, this train offers you a 10-day night tour ranging from a library, Ayurvedic massage center, a beauty parlor, steam baths, a gymnasium, a business center, conference rooms, air-conditioned coaches, and luxury suites. The journey of this train is from Pune to Delhi and Delhi to Pune. This train stops at essential tourist destinations in its journey, including Ajanta Ellora caves in Maharashtra and Taj Mahal in Agra. Deccan Odyssey’s luxury is an opportunity to travel that should not be missed. Everything about this train defines it by its name ‘Maharaja.’ And this is the thing that is also valuable.

Desert Queen

A journey that goes from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in the Thar desert. Throughout its route, it negates the stereotype for which the desert wastelands are infamous. The never-ending desert beautifully welcomes the traveler. This is something that sets your mind free. It is a different feeling on this journey to see colorful traditional mud huts and camels grazing all over the place. Few people get the opportunity to see the sunrise of the desert. This is because people always prefer colder areas, but a train route challenges your test and takes you on a journey in which you feel on top of the world.

Chilka Route (Bhubaneswar to Brahmapur)

On a morning, the journey from Bhubaneshwar to Berhampur is enough to recognize the grandeur of Orissa. Situated between the Eastern Ghats and Chilka Lake, this train route offers you all kinds of views. It is also interesting to know that Chilika is the second largest lagoon for migratory birds, and this place is a treat for bird watchers.

Mumbai- Pune

This is an enjoyable train route. This is because it crosses many exciting places. Starting from Mumbai, it takes you to Pune in three hours. During this journey, you pass through Karjat, which is best known for Vada Pav. After this, you come to Lonavala, Khandala, and other beautiful hill stations, which you should not be left behind in admiration. Lonavala is known for its chikkis and jelly fruits, and other goodies, which you usually do not find anywhere else. While reaching these places, travelers can see beautiful waterfalls and Monkey Hill. Beware of monkeys on Monkey Hill and put your phone in your pocket.

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