One of the best ways to explore a culturally and naturally diverse country like India is through railways. The pleasure of being in a train and gazing at beautiful landscapes from the window seat is an exciting as well as a heart-warming experience for every traveller. So, we bring you our list of seven supremely scenic rail routes in India.
1. The Snow Sojorn (Quazigund – Srinagar – Baramulla)
The journey offers a mind numbing ride through the snow-capped peaks and the dreamy scenic quality of the valley. This is one of the best winter rides in the country and the government is likely to connect Jammu to the current rail network.
2. The Toy Train – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The toy train railways is the oldest of all five mountain railways of India. The rail trip offers you main loops during the journey but the best and the famous loop is “Batasia loop”. The view covers stunning natural beauty and vegetation of Darjeeling with the snow-capped Kanchenjunga. The toy train is also a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site.
3. Flavors of Assam (Guwahati – Lumding – Silchar)
The lush green bushy fields and forests across the huge valleys separated by the river Jatinga and winding along the bushy forests. The tea gardens of Barak valley and then the fertile even plains the rail trip offers you a glimpse into the rich vegetation of the state of Assam.
4. The Goan Experience (Vasco Da gama – Londa Jn)
The train route goes through the tropical forests, long tunnels and through ghat sections and through many waterfalls. The precarious curves of western ghat mountains and lush green villages are complete contrast to the serene experience of serene beaches that goa offers. The train passes through the Dhudhsagar lake, which is India’s one of the highest waterfalls.
5. The Desert Queen (Jaipur – Jaisalmer)
India is the land of diversity. One hand it offers you snow-capped mountains and fields, thick forests and on the other hands it offers you the beauty of barren desserts. The dessert queen offers you a trip from Jaipur to Jaisalmer offering you the flavour of barren desserts. This enchanting trip keeps you interested throughout the journey as the view of the landscapes keep changing from time to time.
6. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Mettupalayam – Ooty)
The Nilgiri mountain rail trip starts from Mettupalayam, a town in Tamil Nadu to Conoor through Ooty. Introduced by the British in 1908, this trip remains one of the most amazing journeys that will take you to height 7300 feet. The train passes through 16 tunnels and about 250 bridges. Tea gardens, lush green forests with tall trees and small bushy tropical forests, this trip offers you an enticing experience.
7. Araku Valley Railways
Once an important port for East India, Vishakpatnam has a rail link to the Araku Valley which lies on Kothavalasa and Kirandul line. Araku Valley has been a hotspot for many botanists and nature enthusiasts. The trip offers a long cave routes, many waterfalls and lush green forests.