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10 Crazy-Beautiful Train Journeys to Take While You're in College

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For most of us, a train journey means a sleepy-eyed commute to work. These rides are several notches above that! HolidayIQ Travellers list 10 gorgeous train rides.

1. Goa Express

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The route is from Vasco da Gama in Goa to Londa in Karnataka. The train passes through Goan beaches and as it approaches the Western Ghats, the train speeds up through thick jungles, hugging the curves of the mountainside. Watch out for waterfalls in the distance, deep valleys and peaks. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Nitin Pethkar says, “The journey is slow but good to travel. For those who have a time to spent on a journey is welcome. You cross by different states, know about these states by local stations where the train stops for some time. You can enjoy the local food here on local stations as well.”

2. Mandovi Express

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This route is from Madgaon in Goa to Mumbai. HolidayIQ Traveller Sachin Bhandary says,The train was not on time when I took it a few months ago. But generally, it runs on time. The train is clean and well-maintained. The highlight of the train is the food served by Ahuja and care caterers: All food items are lip-smacking and can give good restaurants a run for their money. Heera-Upma, tomato soup, fried rice, chicken Manchurian, gulab jamuns, and biriyani - everything is top notch. If you are getting on this almost 12-hour journey, make sure you sample as many food items as possible.”

3. Himalayan Queen

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This train runs on the Kalka-Shima route. HolidayIQ Traveller Saurav says, “I have travelled by Himalayan Queen early morning, starting at around 5 am, no idea of other timings, check with railway website, of course, you have to make advance reservation, this train does not have a/c and it does not require either, best enjoyed with open windows. The ticket price includes complimentary breakfast also. this is a toy train so very limited passenger carrying capacity carries around 18-20 passenger per compartment.”

4. Island Express

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This train operates between Kanyakumari and Trivandrum. The Island express inches through dense greenery and tightly-packed palm trees in Kerala. Sit in the General Class compartment and you're guaranteed great views.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dayanandan says, “Travel by this train was pleasant, started on time. As we entered Kerala it was raining, the route had a lot of greenery with very pleasant climate. It was a breathtaking view when we crossed bridges and tunnels. Amazing view to watch, truly Kerala is God's own country. This beautiful scenery lasted till we reached Kanyakumari.”

HolidayIQ Traveller Pradeep says, “Don't miss the Pamban Bridge view from the train. Those who love photography will love it and must get some good clicks of the bridge.”

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5. Jammu Mail

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Construction of this 53 km-stretch from Jammu to Udhampur has been extended to the northernmost reach of the Indian Railways into the foothills of the Himalayas. Over 20 tunnels and 158 bridges offer jaw-dropping views, especially from across the Gambhir Bridge. On the approach to Udhampur, the land flattens. Must-try is the omelette and sandwiches at the station restaurant in Jammu. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Pritesh Metha says, “Our train experience was good and we faced no troubles.”

6. The Darjeeling-Himlayan Railway

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Travelling at a speed of 12 kph, the Toy Train trundles through dense forests, curving around tea plantations and bringing you as close as possible to the tea-pickers with baskets strapped to their heads. Famous for its reverses, loops and the spiral at Agony Point, the railway line eventually crisscrosses the main road through the town and runs alongside the fruit stalls in the street. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Megha Goel says, “The toy train journey from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Darjeeling is a delight. It is a romantic approach to the Himalayas. One can book the tickets on the IRCTC website. The best part of the journey is when the train passes through the Batasia loop. The train takes a very long time to cover the distance but the splendid view it offers makes it worth it. It is a once in a lifetime experience.”

7. DLI-JSM Express

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HolidayIQ Traveller Dev Nagar says, “The train passes through Alwar, Jaipur etc through the night and reaches Jodhpur early morning. From there it crosses through vast tracts of wasteland and dunes giving mesmerizing views of the sunrise and the bland stretches which go on for miles uninterrupted. On the whole an interesting journey with people, language, flavour changing like in a kaleidoscope.”

8. Orissa Tribal Odyssey

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The Koraput to Rayagada railway line passes through dark and dense forests, meadows, waterfalls and terraced valleys. The Rayagada region is known for its scenic beauty and heritage in tribal Odisha, an unexplored paradise.

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9. Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Mettupalyam to Ooty, which is located at 7228 ft. Running at a speed of 10.5 km/hour, the train passes through many tunnels and bridges, offering wonderful views of the green hills, tea estates, and tall bridges.

HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam says, “The train stops at many stations, each one more beautiful and quaint than the other. You can buy snacks at almost all stations but tea served at Coonoor is a must!” The Chaiyya Chaiyya song was shot on the rooftop of NMR.

10. Matheran Hill Railway

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The Matheran Hill Railway is the only heritage train in Maharashtra. The narrow gauge rail route between Neral and Matheran goes through forests and offers panoramic views. The train covers a distance of 20 km in one-and-a-half hours. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Vinish says, “The train covers a distance of 12 miles in an hour thereby allowing the passengers ample of time to soak in the scenic views.”

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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