Let’s take a look at the most beautiful Railway Station ones in India. The Indian Railways are believed to be among the largest networks in the world, accompanied by a few Indian railway stations with great architectural wonders.
1. Madurai railway station
Madurai Junction is a railway station in South India and the main station serving the city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The station is the headquarters of the Madurai rail division of the Southern Railways and is an A1-rated station by Indian Railways to be one of the top 100 reservation stations in the country. The local artists have worked up their magic on the walls of the railway station in Madurai, which is famous for the Meenakshi Amman Temple. A mural in the waiting hall of the station shows the wedding scene of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwar, in which the hand of the Goddess is being given in the hands of the latter by Lord Vishnu himself.
2. The Dudhsagar Railway Station, Goa
- Location: Doodh Sagar Waterfalls, Goa
- Operated By: South Western Railway zone
- Platforms: 1
- Tracks: 2
Dudh Sagar Water Falls Station is a small station in the South Goa District, Goa. It serves Dudhsagar Falls. The station consists of a single platform. The platform is not well sheltered. Many facilities are lacking, including water and sanitation. This station is one of the three of the Ghats of Braganza. Dudhsagar Falls is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa. It is 60 km from Panaji by road and is located on the Guntakal–Vasco da Gama rail route about 46 km east of Madgaon and 80 km south of Belagavi.
3. Charbagh Railway Station, Lucknow
- Location: Charbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Platforms: 9 (Lucknow Charbagh) + 6 (Lucknow Junction)
It is built at a price of 70 lakhs, Lucknow Charbagh was designed by J. H. Horniman. The foundation of the railway station was placed in March 1914. The building was completed in 1923. A major role in its design and planning was carried out by Chaubey Mukta Prasad, a consulting engineer for Ms Lanebrown and Hulett. It has a large garden in front of the building. It incorporates the mix of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal architecture and has a palatial appearance. This railway station, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lucknow, is called Char Bagh (four gardens) because of the four gardens which are believed to have existed here till 1867. Of them, one garden still exists today, and is located just across the railway station. Spacious and large, the park complements the beauty of the railway station significantly.
4. The Jaisalmer Railway Station, Rajasthan
- Opened: 1921
- Platform: 3
- Location: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Jaisalmer is rich in culture, history, variety of food, colorful markets and so on. The Jaisalmer Railway station has three platforms and a total of five tracks. Jodhpur- Jaisalmer Railway was merged with the Western Railway in November 1951. Later North Western Railway came into existence on 1 October 2002. Here are some trains that are passing through Jaisalmer railway station like Leelan Exp, Leelan Exp, Runicha Express, Runicha Express, Jsm Lgh Exp, Lgh Jsm Exp, Jsm Ju Express, and many more. Jaisalmer railway station is 2 km far from the city. This station is well connected from Jaipur, Udaipur Jodhpur, New Delhi, Agra and other major cities of India.
5. Vijayawada Railway Station, Andhra Pradesh
The Vijayawada city junction railway station was constructed in 1888. On 1 November 1899, the broad-gauge line was constructed between Vijayawada and Chennai. The Vijayawada railway station, as the headquarters of Vijayawada Division, was assigned to the Southern railway. Vijayawada station has the standard station layout, and has 10 platforms. The Vijayawada junction also houses a diesel locomotive shed which has the WDM-2 locomotive and also an electric locomotive shed, Vijayawada which has the locos WAG-7, WAM-4 (now scrapped or retired), WAG-5 WAP-4. Vijayawada station has now been upgraded with a new route relay interlock system that returns the rapid and punctual movement of trains in the city junction.
6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
- Former Name: Victoria Terminus, Bori Bunder Railway Station
- Constructed: 1878
The terminus was designed by the British-born architectural engineer Frederick William Stevens, in an exuberant Italian Gothic style. In March 1996, the name of the station was changed to “Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus” (with the station code CST) after Shivaji, the 17th century warrior chief who employed guerrilla tactics to challenge the decline of the Mughal Empire and founded a new state in the western Marathi-speaking areas of the Deccan Plateau. The terminus is the headquarters of the Central Railway of India. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, serving as a terminal for long-distance and suburban trains. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay.