Traveling by train is an extraordinary experience in India, and one must not miss this wonderful opportunity. The best way to experience India, its culture and its unexplored landscapes is by taking a train ride. Listed below are the top 5 scenic train routes of India –
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling)
This train journey takes you through the Himalayan hills, through tea gardens, dense forests and if the skies are clear enough, you can catch a glimpse of the magnificent Kanchenjunga peak. Breathe in the mountain air, watch the tea pickers go about their job and be amazed at the natural scenery all through the way.
Goa Express (Vasco Da Gama to Londa)
Goa Express runs from Vasco Da Gama in Goa to Londa in Karnataka. This train journey speeds through the majestic Western Ghats dotted with mountainous curves and waterfalls. Enjoy the sprinkling of cold water on your face as the train passes through these waterfalls.
The Island Express (Kanyakumari –Trivandrum)
A short train ride, The Island Express zooms through South India’s most picturesque locations. The journey takes you through swaying coconut palms, ornate Keralite temples, and churches.
Mandapam – Pamban – Rameswaram
Running on a thin bridge, the Mandapam – Pamban – Rameswaram route, connecting Mandapam in Tamil Nadu to the island of Rameswaram, is one of the most dangerous routes in India. Be enchanted by pristine views of the sea all the way to your destination.
Matheran Hill Railway
One of the few heritage railways in India, the Matheran Hill Railway runs between Neral and Matheran. This one is a thriller-packed journey that takes about 281 thriller zigzag turns, treating travellers to beautiful views all through.