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8 Spectacular Train Rides In India That Are Super-Cheap

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Love travelling by train? Why not plan your trips in such a way that you get to experience the most scenic journies while onboard! Here are some of the most amazing trips that the HolidayIQ travellers have experienced. 

1. Ooty

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Garden | Lake | Hill | Boating

HolidayIQ Reviewer Akber Sait adds, “Remnants of the colonial era still remain on these hills in the form of picturesque railway stations...And while in the Nilgiris, who can miss a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, sporting the UNESCO-granted World Heritage status? As the twin tracks snake past quilted carpets of green and disappear around hillsides, passengers are buffeted by a crisp, snappy breeze lent fragrant by the soaring eucalyptus that stands all around like mute sentinels. And then the train snakes through inky black tunnels and while the rhythmic exhaust beat of the loco rings out loud, screams and catcalls of passengers fill the air. Emerging abruptly from a dark tunnel, the narrow, metre-gauge train is poised precariously on a slender viaduct spanning a deep gorge. Little wonder this 'toy train' covering the 46 km journey from Mettupalayam at the foot of the Nilgiri hills to Ooty has been termed 'an engineering marvel' considering the precarious gradients, the numerous meandering tunnels through rocky hills, the twin tracks clinging perilously to steep hillsides, and venturing gracefully across numerous viaducts positioned hundreds of feet above mountain streams and gushing rivers.” Read Full Review

2. Darjeeling

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Hill | Sunrise | Weather | Mountain

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sakshi Paliwal shares, “I would request you to not miss travelling by toy train, as it is going to be one of the best experience....the landscape to New Jalpaiguri in itself is quite scenic.” Read Full Review

3. Matheran

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Hill | Weekend | Nature | Sunset

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amit Rao says, “The toy train takes approx 2 hours to reach the top....The train moves through the mountain, giving a breathtaking view of the Western Ghats. The best time is to visit just after the rainy season, as the greenery will be at its best. But other time of the year also it is a fun ride to enjoy. The train takes you to the centre of Matheran i.e the marketplace.” Read Full Review

4. Araku Valley

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Hemant Patra adds, “Journey to Vizag (Visakhapatnam) to Araku Valley itself is very enjoying as the train passes through around 50 tunnels and it very enchanting to see lush green surrounding, forest, mountains. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach this destination.Read Full Review

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5. Goa

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Beach | Sea | Water Sports | Party

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amalraj Unni shares, “Train journey takes around 8-14 hours depending on the train. It's a nice route with many tunnels and some good valley views....If you are going by train, get down at Thivin and take a cab to Baga beach. It costs around 300 bucks.Read Full Review

6. Palolem

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HolidayIQ Reviewer NEERAJ shares, “Train journey is about 45 minutes and in a luggage/guard coach in crowded condition. This is also a lifetime experience. Plying through clouds and dense forest, finally, you reach to the fall. The exact location of Chennai Express movie. The train stops only for 2 mins without any station or platform and some get off the train... Heavy water and water droplets coming onto you is enough to drive you insane. If you are travelling on Vasco-Howrah route, the train passes by this place.” Read Full Review

7. Shimla

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Hill | Snow | Weather | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Awant Kumar shares, “People can reach Shimla from Kalka either through Toy Train or bus. The bus takes three hours while the Toy train takes around six hours. But the toy train is more enjoyable as the train passes through various valleys and mountains which are great to watch.Read Full Review

8. Visakhapatnam

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Beach | Sea | Valley | Hill

HolidayIQ Reviewer Naresh Sirigineedi says, “Train-line travel is the awesome part. On your journey to Araku by train, you can see the picturesque landscape with greenery, peaks and valleys. Before reaching Borra Guhalu Railway station, the train passes through 42 tunnels... Suggest travel by train as it is scenic with curves and tunnels passing by.Read Full Review

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