Experiencing the length and breadth of India and touching her heart like no one else does, the Indian Railways has inspired many dreamers, intrigued authors and filmmakers from Danny Boyle to Paul Theroux for a very long time.
Explore the undiscovered cultures of India’s niches and crannies, admire into unexplored landscapes and feel the invigorating air on scenic train journeys with this list of interesting and amazing routes that will surely change your perspective about traveling in the country.
1. The Snow Sojourn (Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla)
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This route connecting Jammu to Srinagar and Baramulla and undoubtedly this journey promises jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped mountain standing guard over this delicate, beauteous valley and quaint, frost-covered villages as your train weaves through languishing forests. When passing through the Banihal Tunnel which covered almost11.2 km, are India’s longest railway tunnel and surely a great engineering feat. Let Kashmir zonked you with its wild beauty. A train named as Baramullah Banihal DEMU Train. It covers route Qazigund to Baramulla.
2. The Kashmir Railway (Jammu – Udhampur)
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After experiencing Kashmir beauty let’s taking you to the tour of the Indian Himalayas, Jammu to Udhampur stretch offers splendid views of the mighty mountains and the gorgeous valleys of wonderful chinar trees and proud poplars marching into the blue yonder. Jammu rail crosses almost 158 bridges and 20 major tunnels that pique one’s interest. And if you’re waiting for the commonly delayed train, the station restaurant at Jammu Tawi makes the best omelet sandwiches and masala tea. Train name is Jammu Mail and covers route Jammu to Udhampur.
3. The Himalayan Queen (Kalka – Shimla)
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Enjoy a trip on India’s pretty little metre-gauge railway, Himalayan Queen, as it makes you fall in love with one of the most beautiful summer destinations in India. Drink in the superb sight of orchards blooming with small red flowers and rivulets gurgling down the mountain slope as you cross the famous 87 bridges, 102 tunnels, and 900 curves on this beautiful and amazing journey. Train named as Himalayan Queen and covers the route Kalka to Shimla.
4. The Araku Valley Railway (Vizag – Araku)
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On this route you can experience the palm-fringed coast to thickly-forested mountains and coffee plantations; the train journey from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley is delightful and dreamlike. The train covers the route of lush green valleys, towering cliffs and thundering waterfalls before crossing through the famous Bora Caves and it’s the deepest caves in India. This train named as Vishakhapatnam-Kirandul Passenger and route is Vishakapatnam to Araku Valley.
5. Aroma Of Assam (Lumding- Silchar)
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Watch big stretches of emerald green paddy and tea plantation go by as the train inches into the flourishing green Haflong Valley before meandering along the sparkling River Jatinga into the captivating countryside of the Barak Valley. Feel the refreshing mountain air lift your spirits as you enjoy the scene with some hot tea and local snacks, bor and pakori. This train named as Cachar Express and covers route Lumding to Silchar.