Go through the list of most beautiful train journeys in India and make sure you head to one of them, the one that you find truly out of this world. You will realize that the trip is nothing short of a dream. There are mountains, waterfalls, rivers, plains, deserts and every possible landscape you can imagine.
1. Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a beautiful Himalayan city in West Bengal. Darjeeling is a famous tourist attraction well known for its tea industry, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and its scenic beauty. It’s a honeymoon hotspot and a great weekend getaway from parts of Sikkim, Kolkata, and Jalpaiguri. It is famous for the distinctive black tea grown in the plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Built between 1879 and 1881, the railway is approximately 88 km (55 mi) long. Its elevation ranges from around 100 m (328 feet) in New Jalpaiguri to around 2,200 m (7218 feet) in Darjeeling. There is a toy train operated by Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It leaves from the NJP station and goes to Darjeeling. The narrow gauge track climbs uphill and passes through Asia’s highest station known as Ghoom. The toy train, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was introduced during British colonial times in the 1800s and is still in operation. Until recently, the train was pulled by a steam locomotive and took more than 10 hours to reach Darjeeling. Today it is transported by a diesel engine and takes about 7 hours.
- Best Time to Visit: October to March
- Toy Train Schedule: 12 rides are scheduled from the morning starting at 7:40am till afternoon the last train being at 4:20pm.
- Where To Stay: Hotel Mount View: 57 Gandhi Road,Near Circuit House
Aashraya Home: Lebong cart road Mount Valley, post North Point Singamari
2. Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
The Rajasthan trip which is otherwise full of colors can have a very bright tint if you travel to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur to Delhi Jaisalmer Express. The journey time in the train called “Desert Queen” takes almost 6 hours to reach the destination. Teeming with havelis, colourful marketplaces, and numerous Hindu and Jain temples, Jaisalmer is a tourist’s delight. Jodhpur, another popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, isn’t too far. The distance between Jaisalmer & Jodhpur is around 300 km, so if visitors to Jodhpur have a couple of days to spare, they can visit Jaisalmer as well. Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are connected via National Highways 11 and 125. Regular buses operate between the two cities and take around five hours.
- What To See: Jaisalmer Fort, Desert Safari, Kuldhara Village, Gadisar Lake, Desert National park
- Where To Stay: Hotel Lalgarh Fort And Palace: Patwa Haveli Road Kalakar Colony, Jaisalmer 345001 India
Prince Desert Camp: Village Sam Lakhamana Dunes, Jaisalmer 345001 India
3. Ratnagiri to manglore
Many trains connect these two cities, depending on the length of the journey. Passing through the mighty Western Ghats, for the most part, it’s full of waterfalls, mountains and valleys that you won’t see anywhere else in the country. One of the most fascinating railway lines is in the Konkan railway network, in the Ratnagiri sector in Mangalore. This is one of India’s most scenic train journeys that is truly absorbing and in which dense forests, mighty Western Ghats, deep tunnels, river bridges, sharp bends and countless seasonal streams will leave the mark. fascinated and hypnotized travelers. The Distance between Ratnagiri to Mangalore by road is 606KM. The aerial distance from Ratnagiri to Mangalore is 483KM.
Best Time to Visit: August and September
4. Mandapam – Rameshwaram
This train route falls on the Palk Strait that’s between Tamil Nadu and the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. The strait connects Bay of Bengal with Palk Bay that falls on the southwest. Going on a train over the Pamban bridge is an exhilarating experience. The sea breeze over your face, the sound of trains wheels on iron and the long expanse of water, all add up to an unforgettable experience. It is most recommended to take a train to Rameshwaram just to get this experience. The railway bridge passes over Adam’s Bridge also known as Ram Setu from the Hindu mythology. The train ride gives a spectacular view of the vast blue sea. You’ll have to ride it to believe it. The sea breeze playing over your face, the sound of train wheels chugging on iron, and sea water stretching as far as the eye can see, this journey is truly unforgettable.
- What to See: Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, The Five-Faced Hanuman Temple, Lakshmana Tirtham, Agni Theertham, Dhanuskodi Beach, Adam’s Bridge
- Best Time To See: For The Monsoon : August | 28°C to 35°C
For Pleasant Winters: October to April | 17°C to 32°C
Located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, Kanyakumari is surrounded by the coast, magnificent hills, temples, churches and other structures. Formerly known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari is located in Tamil Nadu. The name Kanyakumari comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari temple. Until the end of British rule in 1947, Kanyakumari was under the rule of the Pandyan Kings and the Kings of Travancore at a later stage. The borders surrounding the district are the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar, Tirunelveli and Kerala. It is located at the confluence of the western and eastern coastal plains at the tip of the country, where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet.
- Best Time To Visit: October to March
- What to Do: Inspiring sunrise and sunset images along with silhouettes. The best hours to take seascape and skyscape images are early in the morning from 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and in the evening at about 6:00 p.m.
- What to See: Kanyakumari Beach, Vivekananda Memorial Rock, Kanyakumari Temple