“Take a vacation…You can always make money; You can’t always make memories!”
Speaking of vacations, what better way to enjoy the panoramic view of the journey than a train ride. A train is more than just a mode of transportation, it is akin to a small world moving through a larger world. A train journey is an avid traveler’s delight and the varied landscape of India offers something for everyone’s taste.
We have compiled the best train routes that are sure to make you take that long overdue summer vacation.
Kalka Shimla Himalayan Railway
Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Kalka-Shimla toy train traverses a beautiful mountainous route. It is known for the dramatic views of the hills and surrounding towns.
As the train gradually winds its way up narrow tunnels and bridges, surrounded by the luscious pine forests you feel as if traveling back in time. This one moves quite leisurely so it is a must for the laid back travelers who prefer the journey to the destination!
The Konkan Railway, which runs parallel to the Arabian Sea coastline connects the 3 states of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. It offers some of the most spectacular and spellbinding views.
As the train rumbles along the Western Ghats of India, the route offers a variety of landscape from hills, valleys, bridges and tunnels to rivers, backwaters, and seashore.
The Desert Circuit
Your travel itinerary is not complete if you haven’t experienced a train ride over the golden sands of Rajasthan. As the train trudges along the arid landscape between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, this journey gives a jaw-dropping view of sand dunes and sunset.
Some of the most luxurious trains run on this route and is a must if you wish to travel like royalty!
Goa Express Route
The journey between Vasco da Gama (Goa) to Londa (Karnataka) is a treat for the nature lover’s eyes. Making its way along the sunny coast of the Goa, this train moves into the mesmerizing terrain of the Western Ghats.
The landscape is riddled with waterfalls and it is the only train to pass through the misty Dudhsagar Falls, a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train running between Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling is also one of the three Mountain Railways, along with Kalka-Shimla Rail that is designated a UNESCO world heritage site status.
This journey offers a glimpse into the past with a steam engine still functional in one of the toy trains. Offering the most scenic view of the Eastern Himalayas and lush green tea plantations of Darjeeling, the journey is a must this summer.
So where are you traveling this summer?
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