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There are a few rail routes in India that are unlike any other such as the route through the Dudhsagar falls. This is because of the unearthly views these journeys offer to you.
The railway is the backbone of India’s transport system. Railway connects every part of India giving a sense of unity to our country’s diversity. From regional locals to long-distance express trains, millions travel by trains every day in our country. If you want a sophisticated experience of India, a rail journey is a must.
The changes in the landscapes as you cross borders between states, the beauty of the forests and mountains and the dead silence of the desert are a few of the things you can experience through these journeys.
Here is a list of five most awesome scenic rail routes in India.
Darjeeling Himalayan railway ( New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 2 feet gauge railway known as the toy train, which runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling a distance of 88 km and 14 stations along the way. This small train runs at a snail’s pace and covers the magnificent Himalayan landscapes. For a traveller going through the train for the first time, you would never have a moment t look away from the window. The misty mountains, the rich fauna, and the sheer heights to which the Himalayans tower will leave you astounded. This train was opened in 1879 and remained the most attractive train route in India.
Himalayan Queen ( Kalka to Shimla)
The Himalayas are the mountains of revere and wonder to all. The Himalayan Queen winds around the narrow rail route in their humongous mountains with ease and offers its passengers views that they will never forget. The whole area from Kalka to Shimla is lined with waterfalls, luxuriant greenery, and some months of the year, flowers of all the colors in the world. This 105 km long journey will leave you wanting for more.
Mandovi Express ( Mumbai to Goa Rail Route )
The Mandovi express covers a journey of about 11 hours, 40 minutes from Mumbai to goa. This route takes the train through the Western Ghats. This mountain range of the west is full of rich flora and fauna. Lined with numerous waterfalls tinkling down the enormous mountains, this route takes you to a world of surreal and back for half a day.
Dooars voyage (Siliguri- Newmal- Hasimara- Alipurduar)
It paves the way for the most adventurous train journeys in India; the Dooars voyage takes you through numerous wildlife sanctuaries and forests. With streams and rivers sometimes running under the route and animal sightings, this is a route full of surprises. It cuts through the Chapramari Forest, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, dense Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, and Buxa tiger reserve. This journey offers you the experience of a lifetime.
Desert queen is a tourist train that runs in the state of Rajasthan. This train showcases the barren lands and deserts of Rajasthan and the sheer endless sight of absolutely no life. The train has a look of the Rajasthan royalty from the inside, which gives a wholesome experience to the journey. The route also takes you around the forts and palaces in Rajasthan. This train runs between Nawalgarh- Fatehpur- Pidawa- Mukungarh- Shekhawat for three days and three nights.