We are sure every one of us has some wonderful railway travel memories from our childhood like looking out of the window and admiring the changing sceneries as the train travelled through towns and villages; chit chatting, reading books or singing songs; yummy travel munchies, etc. Apart from these wonderful memories, there are some really wonderful rail-routes that you should check out at least once in your lifetime. These routes have the most breathtaking views be it mountains or valleys or even rail bridges over water – they are not to be missed out on. Here are some rail-routes - plan a trip just to experience and enjoy the gorgeous view from the train window:
Rameshwaram – Pamban Sea-Rail Bridge
Apart from just an exciting train ride, this route from Tamil Nadu to Rameshwaram over the Pamban Bridge is extremely thrilling and adventurous! It is in its true sense one of the most amazing railway routes in India. Also known as Blue Sea Bridge, it connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island to rest of India and is the second longest bridge in India.
Nilgiri Mountain Train - Mettupalayam to Ooty
Probably the very few railways that still run on steam, this Nilgiri Mountain Train has been running since 1908 from Mettupalayam to Ooty. The route is ecstatic as it passes through the Nilgiri Mountain with thick pine, eucalyptus and oak forests around with the bends, curves, and tunnels. It is an experience to be taken if you are a nature lover at heart. The hit Bollywood song – ‘Chhaiyya Chhaiyya´ was shot on these Nilgiri Mountain Trains.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling
This beautiful rail route is one of the five Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site known for its amazing journey. It is a toy train journey is the one that runs from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. You can witness the transformation of the climate as Jalpaiguri is a plain while Darjeeling being a hill station – the route gives you a breathtaking view of snowy peaks of the Himalayas and the magnificent Kanchenjunga. This route was declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
Hubli to Goa (Madgaon)
This route is considered as one of the most breathtaking views for passing through the Western Ghats and for the exquisite view of Dudhsagar Waterfalls along the route. Literally known as "Sea of milk", Dudhsagar falls came into the spotlight after being shown in Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s blockbuster - Chennai Express. It looks like a thin-tiny stream from far but as the train goes closer it’s humongous and sheer beauty with the gushing water sound will leave you awestruck.
Kalka to Shimla
Yet another splendid route from Kalka to Shimla with snow-clad valleys, this toy train is another World Heritage. With the upslope route of 96 km, 102 tunnels and more than 85 bridges – the route passes through forests of rhododendron, deodar, pine, and oak. The train moves in a slow pace due to the upward slope which gives you a lot more time to admire the nature’s bounty at ease. It is considered one of the best North Indian train journeys.
Coastal Kerala – Ernakulum to Trivandrum
A train ride beginning from Ernakulum, up to Trivandrum is one of the most spellbinding ways to experience the magic of Kerala. This journey almost includes the true essence of Kerala with the view of the beautiful crystal clear lakes, the placid backwaters, the rich coconut grooves, paddy field and many other Kerala charms. Every view is plain picturesque and worth experiencing.
Snow Train - Srinagar to Baramulla
This one is the most enchanting rides that one can experience in Kashmir. With the train making its way through the thick snow, you can experience the chilly train rides while enjoying a spellbinding view. The ride from Srinagar to Baramulla experiences some interruptions due to the snow, but while you wait for the route to clear, you get to feel the beauty of Kashmir covered in snow with Chinar trees placed along the distance.
Assam Aroma Trains -Guwahati to Silchar
This ride gives your nostrils a hell of a wonderful time as you smell Assam even before you see it. The thick tea plantations and river valleys along the train route passing through the Haflong valley and Barak valley. This route is considered the beautiful yet the most dangerous routes of India.
Jammu – Udhampur railroad
There is absolutely no exaggeration that Kashmir Railway Routes are simply beyond beautiful! With extreme weather conditions and difficult stretch of land and territory, it makes the journey exciting with over 20 tunnels and 100 bridges over the mighty Himalayas. Thus making this rail-route the tallest one under construction in India. The train journey includes a scenic beauty of the Himalayan Rivers and Shivalik Mountain Ranges.
Karjat to Lonavala
The train ride from Karjat to Lonavala through Monkey Hills, Thakurwadi and Khandala is mystical and passes through the lush greens of the Western Ghats that are well known for their biodiversity. You can witness many steer clear streams and gushing waterfalls while your train takes an ascending journey uphill towards the Monkey Hills. We recommend the rainy season to experience the most of this green view through your train windows.
Weren’t all these routes simply stunning? So pack up your bags and explore these nature’s bounty in India!