India, the pristine land of infinite variety has always intrigued authors, entranced dreamers and inspired filmmakers. There is nothing that compares with exploring India in a train especially when Indian Railways has over 65 thousand kilometer of tracks running through the nation. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Indian Railways is truly the lifeline of Indians. With over 18 million daily passengers, it makes sense to travel from the pristine White Mountains in the North to golden deserts of the West and wide open deep Indian Ocean in the South in a train. In this article we have come up with a list of 8 breath-taking train routes that will help you experience the natural beauty of our country at its best:
1. The Kashmir Railway (Jammu To Udhampur)
Kashmir railway is one of the most scenic rail routes across the country. With over 20 tunnels and 158 bridges, the journey from Jammu Tawi to Udhampur is not only enthralling and mesmerising but also one of the most challenging rail projects of Indian Railways.
The arch-shaped rail bridge over Chenab River in Reasi district will dwarf Eiffel Tower and at 359m above the river-bed, is 5-times the height of Qutab Minar.
2. Jodhpur To Jaisalmer
What better way to explore the Land of Royals than Indian Railways? This journey that chugs off in the Thar Desert, from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer will offer you the incredible glimpse of golden sand dunes extending over miles, small villages with huts made of striking red bricks, herds of camels and so much more. Sunrises of deserts will surely change the way you look at deserts!
3. Kalka To Shimla Toy Train
For those who enjoy travelling the filmy way, here’s the best rail route for you!
Started way back in 1903, this 96km long route will awaken the inner child in you and offer you everything right from picturesque pine trees to Rhodendron forests and valleys to uphill journey. Not just that, this toy train between Kalka and Shimla is a treat to the eyes and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
4. Neral To Matheran
If you reside in Maharashtra, you don’t have a reason to complain about not having heritage railway in your state. This 20km-long narrow gauge rail line runs through the dense patches of jungle and takes you on a journey away from all the hustles and bustles of hectic city life.
5. Alipurduar To Jalpaiguri
This one is a must travel rail route for all those who want to experience nature and wildlife at its best. Passing through the dense forests of Doars, the voyage will take one through Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reserve as well as Chapramari forest. What’s more interesting is the fact that you can even spot elephants and rhinos crossing the tracks.
6. The Sea Bridge Ride (Mandapam To Rameswaram)
While we have included the Kashmir Railways to this list, how can we ignore the magnificent serenity and views of the endless ocean in the Southern tip of the Indian Sub-continent?
The rail journey that connects the Pamban island to the mainland in Tamil Nadu is no less a wonder. This 2.3 km long bridge is the second largest sea bridge in India and crosses the Gulf of Mannar and takes you to Rameshwaram – the Varanasi of the South
7. Goa To Londa
This rail route from Goa (Vasco da Gama) will take you from the tranquil beaches of Goa to the precarious curves of the Western Ghats. And do brace yourself as this voyage offers breath-taking views of the magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfalls which is one the most exquisite and highest waterfalls across the nation.
8. The Chilka Route (Bhubaneshwar To Brahmapur)
Another splendid rail routes in India is the one that connects Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapur. With the serene Chilka lake on one side and the lush green Malyadri on the other, this journey will be a visual-treat to your eyes and you will be able to get a glimpse of the grandeur of Orissa. Also, do not forget to be camera-ready if you do not wish to miss the millions of migratory birds that visit the Chilka Lagoon.
So, pack your bags and get on any of these trains to witness the splendid beauty of India.