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7 Most Breathtaking Train Journeys In India

Travelling by train has its own charm. The real joy is peering outside the window, lost in thoughts and witnessing the changing landscape. HolidayIQ Travellers pick some of the most scenic train routes in India.


1. Kalka to Shimla

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Set in the backdrop of the Shivaliks, the route between Kalka and Shimla is one of the most picturesque in India. The train passes through more than 100 tunnels and 850 bridges. The train inches along the tracks built over bridges, which resembles art galleries of ancient Rome. 


2. Mettupalyam to Ooty

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


3. Mandapam to Rameshwaram

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Rameshwaram located on Pamban Island is connected to Mandapan via the Pamban Bridge. The train ride across the Pamban Bridge provides a beautiful view of the Palk Strait. 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.”



4. Goa to Mumbai

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Nestled between the Sahyadris and the Arabian Sea, Konkan Railway operates trains between Margoa to Mumbai. Trains pass through many tunnels and over 2000 river bridges. Sarbajit Ghosh, a HolidayIQ Traveller says, “The train passes through more than 100 tunnels, each time opening up to new scenery. I will rate this journey as one of my best ever.”


5. Neral to Matheran

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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.”


6. Jaipur to Jaisalmer

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The Desert Queen rail route between Jaipur and Jaisalmer passes through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan offeringviews of sand dunes and desert wildlife. HolidayIQ Traveller Jasvir Singh says that the view of sand dunes from the window is very beautiful. 



7. New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling

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The oldest mountain railway in India, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway offers stunning views of the mountains including the Kanchenjunga. The highlight of the route is the natural loops the train passes through; the most famous being the Batasia Loop. HolidayIQ Traveller Megha says, “The train takes a very long time to cover the distance but the splendid views it offers makes it worth it. It is a once in a lifetime experience.”



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