Pics: 10 Most Beautiful Train Journeys In India

Does the thought of sitting by the window seat of a Indian rail enjoying scenic views as the train chugs on, fascinates you? As Indian’s sure it does! Train journeys have been an integral part of lives of Indian’s as IRCTC provides latest train status of running trains everyday. Planning a vacation rarely encompasses a train expedition nowadays. But if it does, it certainly takes us back to the childhood days when holidaying meant travelling in a train.

Sethu SF express, spot your train

This time round, we take you on some of the most fascinating train routes in Indian railway that cover absolutely enthralling and diverse landscapes – steep mountain slopes, narrow valleys and wide seas. Go through the list of these beautiful train journeys and make sure you head to one of them. And guess what, you will have a bag full of cherished memories as return gift.

1. Goa Express (Vasco da Gama to Londa):

Goa Express, train running status

On a Sunday afternoon, this train inches past Goan beaches as families splash in the water, friends chat in huddles by the track and the smoke from late afternoon cooking floats into the carriages. As the train reaches near Western Ghats, the train speeds up through thick jungle, hugging the curves of the mountainside. Keep your eyes peeled for waterfalls in the distance, which increase as the trees thin and the view turns to deep valleys and peaks. On the approach to Londa the sun should just be setting which gives the strange red clay surroundings an ominous glow.

2. The Jammu Railway (Jammu to Udhampur):

live train status, hotfoot

The railway track connecting Jammu, Udhampur, Srinagar and Baramulla is not only picturesque and enthralling but also one the most challenging railway projects. It is located in the high earthquake intensity zone with undulating and rugged terrain and extreme cold temperature.

3. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling):

Darejeeling railway, train enquiry

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one the most oldest Indian railway, built around 1879 and 1881. The journey would be through the railway which is 2 feet narrow-gauge and based on loop line technology and zig zag. The railway covers 88-kilometer distance starting from New Jalpaiguri and ending at Darjeeling with 12 stations throughout the journey.

4. Palace on Wheels (New Delhi-Jaisalmer-New Delhi):

Rajasthan tourism, train running status live

Palace on Wheels, being a luxury tourist train, is launched by the Indian Railway in order to promote tourism in Rajasthan.This train covers one of the best Indian railway scenic routes with a night and 8 days trip, starting from New Delhi and covering 6 more places including Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra and then it returns to New Delhi again.

5. The Kangra Valley Odyssey ( Pathankot-Kangra-Palampur-Jogindernagar):

kangra valley odyessey, train status

If you want to enjoy the thrills of Kangra Valley, the river bridges, deep gorges and exclusive flora, enjoy the pleasant but quite slow ride of 164 kms from Pathankot to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh.

6. The Himalayan Queen (Kalka-Shimla):

Himalyan queen,  railway

If you want to cherish picturesque valleys, steep pathways and foggy meadows, travel to Shimla in the narrow gauge train. This little toy train, now considered as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, starts from Kalka and travels 96 km upslope through 102 tunnels, 82 bridges, deep valleys, steep curves, rolling bends, forests of deodar and rhododendron, pine and oak. The journey is truly enchanting but at a slow pace as the train ascends the slope rhythmically through stations of Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Tara Devi, Barog, Salogra, Totu, and Summerhill to reach the summer capital.

7. Matsyagandha Express (Ratnagiri- Mangalore):

manglore, irctc train status

Matsyagandha Express is a very good medium for traveling between Ratnagiri to Mangalore. It covers the 765-kilometer distance in 17 hours. The train starts from Mumbai and on the way meets Ratnagiri and the destination is Mangalore.

8. Karjat – Lonavala
track train, hotfoot

The journey from Karjat to Lonavala through Thakurwadi, Monkey Hills and Khandala is mystic and witnesses wide range of biodiversity on all sides of the Western Ghats. Monsoon season is recommended because of the lush green views and beautiful rain scenery that it offers.

9. The Dessert Queen (Jaisalmer – Jodhpur):

Rajastahn Tourism, national train

The Rajasthan trip which is otherwise full of colors can have an extra bright shade if you travel to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur in Delhi Jaisalmer Express. The journey is not at all monotonous. In fact you see diversified topography like typical desert landscape with xerophytic vegetation, yellow soil, dunes, grazing camels and scattered settlements of the desert inhabitants. The passengers will surely get a feel of the desert safari before reaching the land of the Golden Fort.

10. Flavors of Assam (Guwahati-Lumding-Silchar):

flavours of assam, train

Assam – at the very heart of North East India, holds many secrets for the seasoned traveler. The land of tea and one-horned rhinos is also home to about 13 different communities. The flavors of Assam offers one of the best train route in India through the lush greenery, amazing river valleys and tea gardens.  This route is India’s most dangerous stretch of railway.


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