Top 10 most beautiful railway journeys in IndiaNew Delhi: India is a land of infinite variety with white Mountains on the north to golden desert in the west and the wide open deep Indian Ocean in the South. The best way to
New Delhi: India is a land of infinite variety with white Mountains on the north to golden desert in the west and the wide open deep Indian Ocean in the South. The best way to explore India and its various beautiful places one should undertake tour to various parts of the country through Indian railways.
Indian Railways which is the second largest rail network in Asia covers almost all the places of the country. A major portion of this rail network pass through the country side which displays the original India and its living Lets take a look on some of the most memorable train journeys that one can undertake in India to enjoy the various facets of nature.
Here are the 10 most beautiful train routes in India:
1) The Kashmir Railway (Jammu – Udhampur): Jammu & Kashmir which is said to be the Heaven on Earth offers one of the most beautiful travel experiences by the railways. The section from Jammu to Udhampur has 20 major tunnels along with a record 158 bridges which offers an awe inspiring view of the Himalayan Rivers and valleys around the beautiful Shivalik Mountain range. One can board Uttar-Sampark Kranti Express and can be a part of grandest Train Journeys in India.
2) Kalka – Shimla( Himachal Pradesh) : The total distance of this train journey may be just mere 96 Kms only but it provides one of the most breath taking railway journey in India. The rail journey also find itself mentioned in Guiness Book of World Records for having one of the steepest rise in altitude in railway journey.
The train which runs on a narrow gauge has been built over viaducts which resemble the arch galleries which gives impression of ancient roman architecture.The railway line has a total of 102 tunnels, 87 bridges and 900 curves and was was built in 1903
3) Madgaon (Goa) to Mumbai: The train journey on the western front of India gives a vivid view of Western Ghats and the rainforest of the area.The British who have constructed railway line in most part of India were not able to construct a railway in this area. Finally the Indian engineers constucted the railway line which is also known as Konkan Railway, a feat of engineering in India. The route which is mainly in the Sahyadri hills has 92 tunnels and about 2,000 bridges among which the Panvalnadi is the highest one.
4) The Sea Bridge ride ( Mandapam- Pamban- Rameswaram): The train journey in the southern most tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu connects the Pambamisland with the mainlaind of India. It is the second longest sea bridge in India which crosses the Gulf of Mannar during its journey. The railway bridge is between Mandapam and Pamban Juncion, the bridge is approx. 2.3 Km . So when you will plan your journey to Rameshwaram, you have to cross this bridge to reach Rameshwaram.
5) Ernakulam-Kollam-Trivandrum: If one has to have the lifetime experience of travelling in 'God's own Country' in railways then a traveller should travel in the beautiful country side of Kerala.One should begin the journey from Ernakulam and go till Thiruvanthampuram. It can be said to be kind of Holiday package which includes the enchanting backwaters, the pristine lakes, the coconut palms fencing the water channels and a peek into the rural life of Kerala.
6.Dooars Voyage (Siliguri-Hasimara-Alipurdar): This rail journey is for the ardent nature lovers. The voyage through the forest of Doars takes one through the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, Chapramari forest and the Buxa Tiger reserve.
Dooars Valley in West Bengal is embraced by the alluring charm of the gurgling Teesta and Sankosh rivers with the Eastern Himalayas serving as the backdrop.
The route, most of which is covered by dense and scenic patches of forests, is known for offering amazing views of wildlife and the great Himalayan Range as well.