With over a million employees, 17,000 trains on 64,000 kilometers of tracks, the Indian railway serves around 10 million passengers daily. Here are some of the best train journeys that you must consider for a relaxing and picturesque holiday
1. Toy Train :
Route: New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling
This tiny steam train was originally built as a tramway to transfer potatoes between Darjeeling and Siliguri; however, it has earned a vintage status now. The hill railway is now a heritage site, where tourists from across the globe come to experience the journey. The toy train chugs its way through dense forests and beautiful tea plantations at a speed of 12km/hr. In the midst of nature, you feel the pleasant breeze and smell of fresh greens as it makes it way up. On a clear day, you can also see the snow-capped mountaintops of Kanchenjunga.
2. Goan Experience :
Route: Vasco Da Gama – Londa
If you thought Goa was all about the party, you need to hop on this train to see it’s so much more than just that. This ride takes you from scenic beaches to curves of the Western Ghat Mountains that are a treat to your eyes. On the way, you get a chance to witness the breathtaking Dudhsagar Waterfalls an exquisite view in our very own India.
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3. Konkan Railway :
Route: Ratnagiri – Mangalore
The Benevolent Mountains, Sahyadri, also known as the Western Ghats runs parallel to the tracks offering a magnificent view from your train window. This railway is an epitome of excellent engineering as it cuts through uneven terrain and ducks landslide areas making this journey adventurous and scenic. The route also includes a number of stunning curves, bridges, and lakes that are enchanting.
4. Desert Queen :
Route: Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
Barren land and the boring terrain is what you first think when you hear about a desert journey. Contrary to the common belief, a desert journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is anything but dull and boring. The traditional mud huts, camels’ grazing by the side, while women go about their daily chores in colorful sarees is a pure sight of the rich Indian culture. Rajasthan a place of royalty and exorbitant luxury, the trains are so comfortable that it is worth a visit. Take a morning train to witness the sunrise and prepare to be amazed!
Be it barren land, lush green forests or lofty mountains, Indian railways has sculptured through such divine locations that make the journey a memorable one. Sandwiched between forests and lakes, India has some of the most picturesque destinations, so pick a long weekend and get on a train now!