Traveling by train is one of the most fascinating ways of exploring the Indian landscape, as it lets you experience its immensity, colour and vibrancy up close. With more than 115,000 km of railway tracks, India has one of the world’s largest railway networks covering its length and breadth. From the mighty Himalayas in the north to the exotic tea plantations of the south, the beautiful railway tracks of India take you through some of the most stunning train journeys. Train journeys of India are an escape and are on the travel list of everyone who visits this vibrant country. Here are some of the most scenic train journeys of India that will delight your senses to the core.
Maharaja Express – Indian Panorama
Redefining executive travel, the Maharaja Express works on the principles of sheer class and luxury. Recreating the travel experiences of Indian Royalty and British aristocrats, in the opulence of their private saloons and personal butlers in attendance close by, the Maharaja Express offers an unmatched experience.
The Himalayan Queen – Kalka to Shimla
The 60-mile route between Kalka and Shimla in the state of Himachal is best known for the endearing “toy train” ride. It’s a five-hour journey across 102 tunnels, scenic bridges and viaducts. The train offers a series of panoramic views of the jade landscapes and valleys, pine forests, and dramatic and exquisite mountain peaks.
The train journey ends at the summer capital of the erstwhile British government in India. The toy train has been declared Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site by UNESCO and runs at a slow, idyllic pace, giving you ample time to soak up the surrounding natural glory and is surely one of the most beautiful train journeys in India.
Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendor
Rediscover the art of elegant train travel with the Deccan Odyssey. Similar to the Maharaja Express, the Deccan Odyssey lets you embark on a journey through the magnificent landscapes and territories of India.
Experience a royal journey as you get to explore Maharashtra’s heritage sites, forts, and palaces. Visit the remarkable Buddhist caves of Ajanta and Ellora and the 19th-century palace of Kolhapur along with an array of exclusively crafted cultural experiences that are spread across prominent destinations of Maharashtra, Rajasthan & Gujarat.
Pamban Train – Tamil Nadu to Rameshwaram
Over 100 years old, the Pamban railway bridge is located in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu and connects Rameshwaram island to the mainland. It’s not just a bridge, but an extremely popular tourist attraction that leaves the travellers awestruck with the surrounding view of the azure sea. The narrow bridge stands on 143 piers, spanning 2 km between the mainland and the island and gives another worldly feeling when you journey through it! If you’re adventurous enough, pack your bags and head towards South India where you will be enchanted by this engineering marvel!
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling
A slow-moving train ride, the Darjeeling Himalayan railway gives you ample opportunities to enjoy the pristine views of snow-capped mountains, jade forests, lush landscapes and sprawling tea plantations in the Eastern Himalayas. There will be times when you’ll be passing through local villages and can reach out and touch the thatched stalls and even get a handshake from a local!
Did you know that Darjeeling Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been conferred heritage status by the UNESCO? Covering a distance of over 88 km, the age-old wagons will give you a certain sense of nostalgia and a vintage feel as you travel.
Some rail journeys rattle and rumble through historic landscapes while there are others that swoosh beside spectacular sceneries. As you immerse yourself in the grandeur of these rail journeys, HI Tours gives you ample reasons to plan your glorious vacation once we get through the global COVID-19 crisis.