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Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless


For the 90’s kid, an annual train journey to their hometown is one of the most indelible moments of their childhood. Nothing can replace the joy of looking out of the train window and admiring the changing landscape. From the train running on the high altitude bridges to the rides through the dark tunnels, everything about a train journey is exciting. Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest rail network which connects 65,000 km of India. A train journey is one of the best ways to explore the diverse landscapes and culture of India. Here is a list of train routes which will take you through the most scenic landscapes of India!

1. The Kashmir Railway (Jammu- Udhampur- Katra)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-1 This train journey will take you through the picturesque mountains of the Shivalik ranges. Experience the spellbinding view of the rivers and valleys as the routes cover more than 27 major tunnels and 196 bridges. The Kashmir Railway is considered as one of the most challenging engineering projects in India because of the hostile terrain and sensitive political issues which make this journey the most thrilling of all the Indian train routes.

2. The Snow Sojourn (Qazigund- Srinagar- Baramulla)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-2 It is a part of Kashmir Railways but the routes between Qazigund and Jammu is still under construction. The journey from Qazigund to Baramulla, passing through the beautiful Kashmir valley is magnificent. One can gaze out of the window to enjoy the snow-capped peaks and chinar trees all around. Best time to enjoy this route is winters when the region is covered with a thick sheet of snow. This beautiful and enthralling route is one of the most challenging railway projects.

3. The Kangra Valley Toy Train ( Pathankot– Kangra- Palampur- Joginder Nagar)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-3 The Kangra Toy Train is all about a journey across the natural beauties of the maze of hills, beautiful valleys, and alluring scenic beauty linking Pathankot to Joginder Nagar. The journey starts from Pathankot in Punjab and covers a distance of 164 km to Joginder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh. It’s a slow journey but the enchanting views of the Dhauladhar range compensate for everything. The unreserved Kangra Valley Passenger is the only train on this route currently.

4. The Goan Rail (Vasco Da Gama- Londa junction)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-4 This route takes you through the lush green villages and thick jungles of the Western Ghats. You can experience a different side of Goa, consisting of a relaxing journey where you can sight abundant waterfalls and pristine mountains. The journey takes you away from the beaches to the undisturbed mountains of the Western ghats offering a breathtaking view of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, one of India’s highest and most exquisite falls.

5. The Sea Bridge Ride( Mandapam- Rameswaram)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-5 Besides the exciting and adventurous journey over the sea, the train travel from Mandapam in Tamil Nadu to Rameshwaram on Pamban Island oozes calm and serenity. It is one of the most beautiful train journeys in India, the train passes over the second longest bridge in India, the Palk Strait. The thrill of traveling over the sea on a train is indescribable.

6. Konkan Railway (Ratnagiri-Madgaon-Honnavar-Mangalore)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-6 The Konkan Railway takes you through the majestic and magnificent Sahyadri mountain ranges. The whole journey is about amazing curves, beautiful greeneries and plenty of lakes and water bodies. The Konkan Railway is also an example of the hard work of the engineers of this country, who constructed this marvel battling against a hostile terrain with frequent landslide tendencies.

7. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (New Jalpaiguri– Darjeeling)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-7 Running on a steam engine, the toy train of Darjeeling is a World Heritage Site, declared by UNESCO in 1999. It runs in loops which give it a special charm. It offers a breathtaking mountain view. The train stops at ‘Batasia Loop’ for 10 minutes, from where you can get a picturesque view of the Darjeeling town and the snow capped Mt Kanchenjunga. This slow paced ride will pass through the small villages and some Gorkha settlements, you will surely see small children on the street waving at you as you take this relaxing journey through the hills.

8. Matheran Hill Railway (Neral-Matheran)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-8 Matheran, one of the most popular weekend getaway for the Mumbaikars, is a calm and undisturbed hill station. It has still managed to hold its old charm, as there’s no vehicle allowed in the town. One has to walk or take a pony ride to reach this beautiful town. The narrow gauge railway running between Matheran and Neral passes through the tranquil and serene hills of the western Ghats. This heritage railway of Maharashtra covering distance of 20 km through the forest territory has gained immense tourist attraction.

9. Assam (Guwahati-Lumding-Silchar)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-9 Feel the freshness of north-east as the train winds through the lush green forest before joining the banks of River Jatinga and meandering along with it. The tea gardens of Barak valley will make you sense the flavor of the tea before entering into the plains. This ride offers you a glimpse into the rich vegetation of the state of Assam.

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10. Himalayan Queen(Kalka – Shimla)

Most Scenic Train Journeys In India To Leave You Speechless-10 Famous for the breathtaking views of the nearby villages and the Shivalik Range, this routes holds a Guinness World Record for offering the steepest rise in altitude in the span of 96 kilometers. Built in 1903, it passes through 102 tunnels and 864 bridges, flanked by the picturesque Shivalik Hills on both sides. Riding on this track, taking in the fresh air and feeling the nature’s love can even make the crudest of all hearts to skip a beat.

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