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OMG! Facts About 10 Unique Railway Stations In India

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Railway stations have, of course, become much more than places where you simply board a train. They carry a distinct design, unique features and piece of history with them. HolidayIQ Travellers list down 10 such unique places.

OMG! Facts About 10 Unique Railway Stations In India:

  1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  2. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  3. Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Jammu & Kashmir
  5. Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh)
  6. Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh)
  7. Madhya Pradesh
  8. Rajasthan
  9. Cuttack (Odisha)
  10. Dhanushkodi (Tamil Nadu)

1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - UNESCO World Heritage Sitesource: wikimedia.org

CST is one of the most remarkable railway stations in the world. A UNESCO world heritage site the station, CST is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture  blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. It's remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay. HolidayIQ Traveller Ramesh Kabra from Mumbai shares, “Most of us would have visited VT station but we rarely find time to stop & admire this imposing stately building. Built around 1880 to commemorate the golden jubilee year of Queen Victoria it was known as Victoria Terminus. This area was known as Bori Bunder ( bori is sack & and bundar is port) & station was then known as Boribunder & from here the first Indian train had operated in 1853. I do not understand why we try to change history by renaming it as Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). This station with 18 platforms is one of the largest in the world. The building made in Victorian Gothic style with a blend of Hindu Mughal style gives the appearance of a Palace. There is good use of Indian motifs including flora & fauna to embellish the columns, arches & walls. On the top of the dome there is a figure of a lady holding a torch. This building has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage site. I am sure when you visit this station next time you would look at it with a new perspective.”

2. Ghum Railway Station - 14th Highest Railway Station In The World

Ghum Railway Station - 14th Highest Railway Station In The Worldsource: wikimedia.org

Ghum (also spelt as Ghoom) is the highest railway station in India and 14th in the world. Gliding at an altitude of 7,407 ft, Ghum is a meeting point of several roads like Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mongpu to name a few. HolidayIQ Traveller Raj from Bangalore says, “A nice ride through the scenic roads of Darjeeling takes you to Ghum where there is a museum. Make sure to book your tickets in advance.”

3. Royapuram Railway Station - Oldest Operational Railway Station In India

Royapuram Railway Station - Oldest Operational Railway Station In Indiasource: wikimedia.org

Royapuram Railway Station is the oldest railway station currently operational in India (the original structures of the two older stations, Bombay and Thane, are no longer operational). Also, it is the first railway station in South India. The first train of South India started operating in June 1856 from Royapuram Railway Station.

4. Manwal Railway Station - India's First 'Green Station'. It Runs On Solar Power

Manwal Railway Station - India's First 'Green Station'. It Runs On Solar Powersource: indiarailinfo.com

The first green station of India, the Manwal railway station is powered by solar power. Nestled in the bosom of Jammu & Kashmir, the station lies on the Jammu-Udhampur rail route. The station lighting and fans work on the solar energy generated by the 28 solar panels installed on the station.

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5. Gorakhpur Railway Station - Longest Railway Platform In The World

Gorakhpur Railway Station - Longest Railway Platform In The Worldsource: wikimedia.org

The longest railway platform in the world with stretch of around 1.35 km, Gorakhpur dethroned Kharagpur from the no.1 spot which held the record till 2013 with it’s 1.0725 km-platform. HolidayIQ Traveller Jagriti Singh shares, “Gorakhpur is a nice city with one of the longest platform in India, it has many places to roam around like, railway museum and Gorakhnath Mandir which is one of the famous places in the city. The roads are small with heavy traffic jams in day time so please be careful while travelling at school and office hours.”

6. Sarnath Railway Station - Design Inspired By The Sanchi Stupa

Sarnath Railway Station - Design Inspired By The Sanchi Stupasource: indiarailinfo.com

The Sarnath railway station design elements are based on the famous Sanchi Stupa. HolidayIQ Traveller Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary from Punalur shares, “During my visit at Varanasi, I visited Sarnath which is 13 km north east of Varanasi. Sarnath is the centre of the missionary work of Sri Budh. After getting enlightenment from Bodh gaya of Bihar Sri budh walked for 3 weeks & reached Sarnath. It is at Buddha stupa in Sarnath Sri buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. Sri Budh with his five monks used to sit below the Bodhi tree at Sarnath for spiritual classes & finally enlightened the monks & they started their mission for spreading Buddhism all over the world. Attracted by this so many monks especially from the neighbouring countries started their missionary work for Buddhism. At Sarnath we see Buddha pagodas constructed by Chinese monks, Sri Lankan monks, Tibetan monks, Burma monks & Nepali monks. Among the pagodas the very charming & beautiful pagoda is the construction by Nepali monks in white marble. In addition Budh museum is also functioning at Sarnath. The Sarnath town is also neat & clean. From Varanasi, bus/ auto service is available to reach Sarnath. All amenities & facilities are available at the town for visiting tourists. Guides are available near the pagoda for guiding the tourists. They are very co- operative & reasonable. For visiting Kashi, Sarnath visit is an integral part. The sapling of the Bodhi tree is from famous tree in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.”

7. Bhawani Mandi Railway Station - A Single Station Located In Two Different States!

Bhawani Mandi Railway Station - A Single Station Located In Two Different States!source: wikimapia.org

Bhawani Mandi, also known as 'The Orange City', is located in Rajasthan. Bhawani Mandi and surrounding rural belt have got huge orchards and fields of oranges. The division of Bhawani Mandi Railway Station and its periphery between the two states (MP, Rajasthan) is nearly 50-50. The entrance and waiting room are in Rajasthan, while booking windows in Madhya Pradesh. 

8. Rashidpura Khori Railway Station - The Only Station Completely Run By Locals

Rashidpura Khori Railway Station - The Only Station Completely Run By Localssource: quora.com

Rashidpura Khori, a small village station on Sikar-Laxmangarh narrow gauge of North Western Railway is one of it's kind. The station is run and operated by the villagers. The station was shut down in 2005 by Indian railway citing poor income, however the locals petitioned and conditionally pursued the railways to open the station.

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9. Cuttack Railway Station - Built Like A Fort

Cuttack Railway Station - Built Like A Fortsource: wikimedia.org

Recently renovated in the shape of the historic Barabati Fort, a 14th century fort built during the rule of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the Kalinga region.

10. Dhanushkodi Railway Station - Located In A Ghost Town

Dhanushkodi Railway Station - Located In A Ghost Townsource: pazhayathu.blogspot.com

Located at the southern tip of Rameswaram, at the eastern coast of the Tamil Nadu, the town of Dhanushkodi was submerged during the 1964 cyclones. Before the 1964 cyclone, there was a train service up to Dhanushkodi called Boat Mail from Madras Egmore (Now Chennai Egmore). The train would to halt at a pier on the south-eastern side of Dhanushkodi township where a waiting steamer transported passengers to Sri Lanka across the Palk Strait. HolidayIQ Traveller Asmita Pradhan from Mumbai shares, “This place is roughly 20 kms away from the Rameshwaram Railway Station. You can take the bus till the bus and if you wish to go further till Rama Sethu, hire a jeep or join a group of people.”

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