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8 Journeys that will Prove that Travelling by Train in India is the Best!

8 Journeys that will Prove that Travelling by Train in India is the Best! ggpht.com

Sitting by the window and enjoying scenic views, the samosas from the hawkers, the enthusiastic group of loud passengers in the next compartment- welcome to the Indian Railways. Travelling by trains has it’s own charm. Here are some train journeys you just cannot miss.

8 Journeys that will Prove that Travelling by Train in India is the Best!:

  1. Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
  2. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  3. Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
  4. Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Goa
  6. Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu)
  7. Berhampur (Odisha)
  8. Baramula (Jammu & Kashmir)

1. Kalka to Shimla for it’s stunning views

Kalka to Shimla for it’s stunning viewssource: lh6.ggpht.com

102 tunnels and 80 bridges! Immerse in the beautiful pine trees, oaks and the absolute beauty of Shimla. This journey from Kalka to Shimla spanning for 5 hours is simply mesmerizing.
Nishant Gupta: Awesome breathtaking views of mountains are a visual treat. The journey takes around 5-6 hours which is more time taken by road but it is worth.

Visiting Shimla and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Barowalia Resorts

Mid-range stays: Woodstock Resort

Luxury stays: The Oberoi Cecil

2. For tea gardens and mountains vistas: New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling

For tea gardens and mountains vistas: New Jalpaiguri to Darjeelingsource: epicful.com

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.

Megha: 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.

Visiting Darjeeling and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Shangri-La Regency

Mid-range stays: Sonar Bangla Hotel


Luxury stays: Darjeeling - Silver Oaks, A Sterling Holidays Resort

3. Sand dunes and wildlife: Jaipur to Jaisalmer

Sand dunes and wildlife: Jaipur to Jaisalmersource: hlimg.com

The Desert Queen rail route between Jaipur and Jaisalmer passes through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan offering views of sand dunes and desert wildlife. Sit by the footboard and watch the sunrises of the desert.

Jasvir Singh:  The view of sand dunes from the window is very beautiful.

Visiting Jaisalmer and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Priya Hotel

Mid-range stays: Hotel Rang Mahal

Luxury stays:Desert Tulip Hotel

4. Tea Estates: From Mettupalyam to Ooty

Tea Estates: From Mettupalyam to Ootysource: indiarailinfo.com

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 views of the green hills, tea estates and tall girder bridges.

Priyam: 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!

Visiting Ooty and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Hotel Alakapuri

Mid-range stays: Darshan Hotel

Luxury stays: Savoy Hotel

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5. The glutton's train: Mumbai and Goa by Mandovi Express

The glutton's train: Mumbai and Goa by Mandovi Expresssource: deviantart.net

Travellers swear by Mandovi Express for the yummy food. From hot chai, coffee, vada, shira, cutlets and sandwiches for breakfast to chicken biryani, veg fried rice, pav bhaji, gulab jamuns, ‘garam kanda bhajia'- the train serves it all. Not enough? Travel for the gorgeous green countryside of Konkan belt.

Sachin Bhandary: I travelled by Mandovi Express - which runs between Mumbai and Goa - and serves delicious sheera, upma, tomato soup, chicken fried rice, chicken manchurian and biryani. They were surprisingly lip-smacking.

Visiting Goa and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Angels Holiday Resort

Mid-range stays: Ocean Palms Goa

Luxury stays: Vivanta by Taj- Fort Aguada

6. A photographer’s delight: Mandapam to Rameshwaram

A photographer’s delight: Mandapam to Rameshwaramsource: deviantart.net

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.

Pradeep: 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.

Visiting Rameshwaram and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Ambika Hotel

Mid-range stays: Daiwik Hotels

7. Spot Migratory Birds: Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapur

Spot Migratory Birds: Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapursource: holidify.com

This track runs on the shore of the Chilka lake. Nestled between the Eastern Ghats and the Chilka lake, this train route passes through Chilika lake in Orissa, the second largest  lagoon for migratory birds.  This journey is definitely a treat for bird watchers!

Simanchal Bhanja: The rising sun at Chilika Lake was indeed breathtaking and the timing of my journey was perfect too.

Visiting Berhampur and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays: Hotel Kamas Inn


8. The Snow Sojourn: Qazigund - Baramulla

The Snow Sojourn: Qazigund - Baramullasource: indianexpress.com

A journey through heaven! Pass through Kashmir Valley, weaving through the snow capped peaks and the Chinar trees.

Sachin: I boarded a train to Baramulla in the north. It was freezing cold.

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