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9 Railway Stations That Are Gateways to Exploring India

9 Railway Stations That Are Gateways to Exploring India

Taking you to stunningly beautiful locales or intriducing you to India's cultural heritage, railway stations are an integral part of your exprience while exploring India. HolidayIQ Travellers share travel tips.

1. Darjeeling

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Hill | Mountain | Nature | Heritage

HolidayIQ Reviewer Husain Parvez shares, “Getting down at Darjeeling railway station in the afternoon gives you a once in the lifetime experience. This narrow-gauge Railway journey in DHR is one amongst the few mountains Railways in the world where the slow speed train gives you a chance to interact with the Himalayan flora and fauna.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer VIJAYAKUMAR JOHN says, “Ghum railway station is the highest altitude railway station in the world.6500 feet above sl.the toy train steam engine was made to run during 1936 with some modifications at present. The toy train runs on road side houses shops crossing the roads just like a bus.all vehicles used to stop when the toy train crosses the road.we enjoyed the pleasant toy train ride. we got down at ghoom station and proceeded to Kalimpong in the arranged sumo.enroute we have seen the panoramic view of Teetsa river valley hills and river at 2000 feet below at a view point.at Kalimpong we visited the world famous north,south and cetral American cactus of various types in pine view nursery. It is a worth while visit.then we returned to Darjeeling and visited the mall.Darjeeling is a nice place to visit and one can enjoy the eastern Himalayas. ” Read Full Review

2. Mumbai

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Sunset | Heritage | Architecture | Nature

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq adds, “A unique historic railway station A unique historic railway station, designed by Fredrick based on Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Mughal buildings, construction work was began in 1878 and completed in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, in Bori Bunder area of Mumbai. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Gide Alfred adds, “Places I enjoyed include, Kala Ghoda art precinct, the Victoria Terminus (CST) railway station, ” Read Full Review

3. Agra

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Fort | Architecture | History | Heritage

HolidayIQ Reviewer Tanvi Gupta shares, “Reaching the fort is easy by road. Also the Agra Fort railway station is situated within the fort if you are travelling by train....Visiting the gigantic Red Fort at Agra, that housed multiple Mughal generations, gives you a chance to revisit the royal lifestyle and historical milestones of the bygone era of the Golden Bird (as India was known).” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer PADMA NAYAK says, “The nearest railway station to Taj Mahal is Agra Cantt. Taj Mahal remains closed every Friday of week and opens at sunrise to sunset. Photography is allowed here and cost of entry fee is of Rs 20 INR per visitor for Indian citizen only. There are also many monuments available in Agra like Agra Fort, Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri etc. You can also visit these after visiting Taj Mahal. You can also do shopping in roadside at Agra. Hotels are available in affordable price for stay.” Read Full Review

4. Shimla

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Hill | Ridge | Nature | Mountain

HolidayIQ Reviewer A S says, “From the fairy tale Summer Hill or Potter hill is around 5 km from main city. It has the most picturesque railway station almost out of fairy tale. It reminded me of the movie The Lake House for some reason. ...This place is more for adventurers. This is the place where you can camp, trek, do river crossing and other adventurous sports.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer A S says, “The mall road is a must visit place and most important plan your trip via toy train from Kalka; Shilma railway station is also a scenic view. ” Read Full Review 

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5. Ooty

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Lake | Hill | Nature | Weather

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sudarshan Mn shares, “The scenic and breath taking beauty takes you to the past Get down at Mettupalayam railway station in Tamilnadu, on the Broad Gauge Platform and slowly walk across on to another platform to get a completely different look of Indian railways. ...On a 5 hour long journey at the slowest speed possible and ensure you would spend the time out capturing the whole beauty of the majestic Nilgiri mountains and its valley. If you have kids they will keep themselves busy peeping out of the windows, watching the steam engine, take the twists and turns through the curves of the mountain. Keep your breath intact even though the sceneries are breathtaking, because you might encounter elephants standing on the railway if you are lucky enough. Your train would wait patiently for the elephants to move out because the elephants have the right of way. You would pass through several bridges hearing the sound of gentle streams flowing under them. Several small rivulets and waterfalls, birds and bushes, trees and mountains, cloud and rain, rainbows and colors all in one place with one train journey. Believe me its one train journey that you would not want to miss in your life time. Train passes through difficult terrain, under the cut rocks and steep gradients. Before you reach Coonoor, you would get the glimpses of the Nilgiri Tea Gardens and they would never far from there. The Ooty station itself is in the heart of the city and will give you warm feeling of travelling through one of the most beautiful railways in the world. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Alok Mishra adds, “Journey commences from Martupalyam railway station to Ucatamund (Ooty) railway station via Coonoor and the most amazing leg of this complete journey for me was MTP-ONR, where it runs on Steam Engine.” Read Full Review

6. Lucknow

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Heritage | Monument | History | Museum

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rahul Kudesia says, “After reaching Lucknow first thing you see is Charbagh station, which is a monument in itself, well maintained and clean campus of railway station is very rare in our country. Weather was also good, winters was on its peak and lots of fog every night and morning.” Read Full Review

7. Amritsar

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Border | Peaceful | History | Architecture

HolidayIQ Reviewer Mittal sanjay adds, “We reached here in evening and firstly went to Atari railway station which is 2 km away from the border. ...Amritsar is famous for many places like Jaliyawala bagh, golden temple and waga border. ” Read Full Review

8. Udaipur

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Palace | Museum | Heritage | Fort

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukanya Rao adds, “ Udaipur is full of the Mewar history of Maharana Pratap and his faithfull horse Chetak. You get a feel of it from the railway station itself. ...One can visit here if they want to visit a culture and history rich place. I took the night train (Mewar Express) from Delhi and reached Udaipur early next morning. ” Read Full Review

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9. Visakhapatnam

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Valley | Hill | Museum | Mountain

HolidayIQ Reviewer Naresh Sirigineedi adds, “Train line travel is the awesome part of the travel. On your journey to Araku by train you can see picturesque Landscape with greenery, peaks and valleys. Before reaching Borra Guhalu railway station the train passes through 42 tunnels. Entry Fee: Adult Rupees 40/- Child Rupees 30/- Cameras allowed at fee of Rupees 25/- and Video and Digital cameras at a fee of Rupees 100/- ” Read Full Review

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