Train journeys are a fun experience to many, and especially bring back memories of childhood and summer vacations.
Top 10 Indian rail journeys
Travelling through greenery, hovering bridges, and dark tunnels, trains journeys do bring in lots of fun to holiday travel. Let us have a sneak peak at the ten best rain journeys in India
Train: The Toy Train
Travel Time: 9 nights
Journey: Travelling at a speed of 12kmph, this tiny steam train, trundles through tea plantations, taking you as close as possible to the tea-pickers with baskets strapped on their heads. The railway line zigzags through the main road of the town, and runs alongside its market. A glimpse of Mount Kanchenjunga can be caught, if the sky is clear.
Train: Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey
Travel Time: 10 nights tour
Journey: This elegant railway gives you a feel of how the Maharajas of yester years once travelled. Hence, is really friendly on the pocket. The splendid scenic beauty that unfolds along the way can be enjoyed in this air conditioned luxurious train. Several are the onboard activities like multi cuisine dining options, fully equipped library, to keep the guests entertained.
Route: Vasco da Gama, Goa to Londa, Karnataka
Train: Goa Express
Travel Time: 3 hours 30 mins
Journey:This train inches past pristine beaches and villages of Goa on Sundays. As it approaches the Western Ghats, the train speeds up through thick jungle and precarious curves of mountains. As the vegetation decreases, the waterfalls increase and the scene changes from rocky hills to deep valleys.
Route: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal to Tinsukia, Ledo, Assam
Train: Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express
Travel Time: 18 hours
Journey:This journey involves two trains. The super-fast Rajdhani whizzes past vast stretches of emerald green paddy fields and tea plantations to reach Assam. As the stars come out, the train sweeps past the Brahmaputra River. The second stretch from Tinsukia to Ledo is the easternmost tip of the railway and the scenic beauty of this place is awe inspiring.
Train: Nizamuddin Duronto Express
Travel Time: 20 hours
Journey:The Duronto Express from Pune to Delhi erases six hours off the normal 26-hour journey. It covers a fantastic route with the most varied topography and the onboard service is excellent. The train trundles past beautiful rivers, deserts, mountains and villages. Passengers are offered tasty meals included in the ticket prices and new interiors. The trains are derailment-proof!
Train: Mandovi Express
Travel Time: 12 hours 15 mins
Journey: The Konkan Railway, sandwiched between the Sahyadri hills and the Arabian Sea, takes a stunning route as it cruises through 92 tunnels to makes its way through mountains and crosses 2000 bridges over hundreds of rivers. The breathtaking journey that takes you through postcard scenery of paddy fields lined with coconut trees, small villages and over endless stretches of water.
Route: Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu to Trivandrum, Kerala
Train: Island Express
Travel Time: 2 hours 15 mins
Journey:As the train makes a start from Kanyakumari and it inches through dense greenery, tightly-packed palm trees, signature style of Kerala, the train is flooded with aroma. You pass through little churches and houses built in artistic Kerala architecture. This journey is a short and sweet!
Route: Kalka, Haryana to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Train: Himalayan Queen
Travel Time: 5 hours 10 mins
Journey:Built in 1903, this metre-gauge railway passes through 102 tunnels, 87 bridges and 900 curves. Apart from those excitement seeking travelers, even regular commuters use this train to travel up and down the hillside. Fully bloomed brightly colored orchards, announce the entry into Shimla. The train stops frequently to let the passengers step out and enjoy the scenes and refreshments at the local stations.
Train: Golden Chariot
Travel Time: 9 nights
Journey: The train traverses across Karnataka, stopping by at tourists spots such as Kabini wildlife sanctuary, heritage sites of history of Hampi and Badami. The sunset over the hills, peaking through forests that can be witnessed on the evening before arriving in Goa, is enchanting. The train is elegant and well equipped with hot showers, libraries and dining options.
Route: Jammu to Udhampur, Jammu state
Train: Jammu Mail
Travel Time: 3 hours
Journey: This 53km stretch of railway into the foothills of Himalayas is the northernmost reach of the Indian Railways. The 20 tunnels and 158 bridges that is crosses while weaving its way around the rocky Shivalik mountain range, gapping rivers and deep valleys, offers jaw-dropping views. Flat lands and green pastures, mark the approach of Udhampur.