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Train Journeys In India That Are An Experience In Themselves!

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Joining the length and breadth of India and touching her heart like no one else does, the Indian Railways has entranced dreamers, intrigued authors and inspired filmmakers from Danny Boyle to Paul Theroux for a very long time.

Sneak into the undiscovered cultures of India’s nooks and crannies, gaze into unexplored landscapes and soak in the invigorating air on scenic train journeys with this list of spectacular routes that will certainly change your perspective about travelling in the country!

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

Connecting Jammu to Srinagar and Baramullah, this journey promises jaw-dropping views of snow-capped peaks standing guard over this delicate, beauteous vale and quaint, frost-covered villages as your train weaves through pine forests. Travel through the Banihal Tunnel which, at 11.2 km, is India’s longest railway tunnel and truly a great engineering feat. Let Kashmir overwhelm you with its wild beauty!

2. The Himalayan Queen (Kalka – Shimla)
The Himalayan Queen (Kalka – Shimla)

Take a ride on India’s pretty little metre-gauge railway, Himalayan Queen, as it takes you to one of the most beautiful summer destinations in India. Drink in the splendid sight of orchards blooming with tiny red flowers and rivulets gurgling down the mountain slopes as you cross the famous 102 tunnels, 87 bridges and 900 curves on this beautiful journey.

3. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling)

This cute little toy train is your ticket to a delightful tour of the gorgeous undulating hills of Darjeeling , replete with tea-plantations and forests of cherry and pear. Traverse through the bustling main road, enjoy the reverse, loops and the spiral at Agony Point, trundle through the risky curves and if lucky, see the snowy tip of the majestic Mt. Kachenjunga.

4. The Konkan Coastal Saga (Ratnagiri-Madgaon-Honnavar-Mangalore)
The Konkan Coastal Saga (Ratnagiri-Madgaon-Honnavar-Mangalore)

The stunning route of Konkan Railways hugs India’s southwest coastline and takes you on a breathtaking journey through sunlit paddy fields lined with coconut and mango trees, small villages bursting with life and over glistening stretches of water leading out to sea. You will love this one, especially in the monsoon, when the world outside explodes in green!

5. The Sea Bridge Ride (Mandapam- Pamban- Rameswaram)
The Sea Bridge Ride (Mandapam- Pamban- Rameswaram)

Watch the sun’s rays play on the sparkling azure water of the Indian Ocean and soak in the serenity of the panoramic vista as the Sethu Express traverses over the bridge to reach the Pamban Island in the Gulf of Mannar. A journey that will remain etched in your memories for a long time to come.

6. Orissa Tribal Odyssey (Koraput to Rayagada)
Orissa Tribal Odyssey (Koraput to Rayagada)

Taking you to the tribal Odisha, this train journey will take you through the sprawling meadows, roaring rapids, whispering forest and terraced valleys of the mystical Deomali hills. Observe the beautiful intermingling of natural beauty and ethnic treasure on this fascinating train journey.

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