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8 Journeys that will Prove that Travelling by Train in India is the Best!

HolidayIQ.com logo HolidayIQ.com 14-01-2017

Sitting by the window enjoying scenic views, the samosas from the hawkers, the enthusiastic group of loud passengers in the next compartment- welcome to the Indian Railways. Travelling by trains has it’s own charm. Here are some train journeys in India you just cannot miss.

1. Kalka to Shimla for it’s stunning views 

Kalka to Shimla for it’s stunning views: 102 tunnels and 80 bridges! Immerse in the beautiful pine trees, oaks and the absolute beauty of Shimla. This journey from Kalka to Shimla spanning for 5 hours is simply mesmerizing.Nishant Gupta: Awesome breathtaking views of mountains are a visual treat. The journey takes around 5-6 hours which is more time taken by road but it is worth. Visiting Shimla and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Barowalia ResortsMid-range stays: Woodstock ResortLuxury stays: The Oberoi Cecil - 27774 Ratings, 16626 Reviews, 36 Sightseeings, 1110 Photos © lh6.ggpht.com 102 tunnels and 80 bridges! Immerse in the beautiful pine trees, oaks and the absolute beauty of Shimla. This journey from Kalka to Shimla spanning for 5 hours is simply mesmerizing.Nishant Gupta: Awesome breathtaking views of mountains are a visual treat. The journey takes around 5-6 hours which is more time taken by road but it is worth. Visiting Shimla and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Barowalia ResortsMid-range stays: Woodstock ResortLuxury stays: The Oberoi Cecil - 27774 Ratings, 16626 Reviews, 36 Sightseeings, 1110 Photos

102 tunnels and 80 bridges! Immerse yourself in the beautiful views of the pine trees and the absolute beauty of Shimla. This journey from Kalka to Shimla spanning for 5 hours is simply mesmerizing.

2. For tea gardens and mountains vistas: New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling 

For tea gardens and mountains vistas: New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway offers stunning views of the mountains including the Kanchenjunga. The highlight of the route is the natural loops the train passes through; the most famous being the Batasia Loop.Megha: The train takes a very long time to cover the distance but the splendid views it offers makes it worth it. It is a once in a lifetime experience.Visiting Darjeeling and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Shangri-La RegencyMid-range stays: Sonar Bangla HotelLuxury stays: Darjeeling - Silver Oaks, A Sterling Holidays Resort - 14073 Ratings, 8837 Reviews, 70 Sightseeings, 1479 Photos © epicful.com Darjeeling Himalayan Railway offers stunning views of the mountains including the Kanchenjunga. The highlight of the route is the natural loops the train passes through; the most famous being the Batasia Loop.Megha: The train takes a very long time to cover the distance but the splendid views it offers makes it worth it. It is a once in a lifetime experience.Visiting Darjeeling and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Shangri-La RegencyMid-range stays: Sonar Bangla HotelLuxury stays: Darjeeling - Silver Oaks, A Sterling Holidays Resort - 14073 Ratings, 8837 Reviews, 70 Sightseeings, 1479 Photos

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway offers stunning views of the mountains including the Kanchenjunga. The highlight of the route is that the train passes through natural loops; the most famous being the Batasia Loop. 

3. Sand dunes and wildlife: Jaipur to Jaisalmer

Sand dunes and wildlife: Jaipur to Jaisalmer: The Desert Queen rail route between Jaipur and Jaisalmer passes through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan offering views of sand dunes and desert wildlife. Sit by the footboard and watch the sunrises of the desert.Jasvir Singh: The view of sand dunes from the window is very beautiful. Visiting Jaisalmer and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Priya HotelMid-range stays: Hotel Rang MahalLuxury stays:Desert Tulip Hotel - 5536 Ratings, 3704 Reviews, 52 Sightseeings, 671 Photos © hlimg.com The Desert Queen rail route between Jaipur and Jaisalmer passes through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan offering views of sand dunes and desert wildlife. Sit by the footboard and watch the sunrises of the desert.Jasvir Singh: The view of sand dunes from the window is very beautiful. Visiting Jaisalmer and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Priya HotelMid-range stays: Hotel Rang MahalLuxury stays:Desert Tulip Hotel - 5536 Ratings, 3704 Reviews, 52 Sightseeings, 671 Photos

The Desert Queen rail route between Jaipur and Jaisalmer passes through the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, offering views of sand dunes and desert wildlife. Sit by the foot-board and watch the sun rise amidst the desert.

4. Tea Estates: From Mettupalyam to Ooty 

Tea Estates: From Mettupalyam to Ooty: The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Mettupalyam to Ooty, which is located at 7228 ft. Running at the speed of 10.5 km/hour, the train passes through many tunnels and bridges, offering wonderful views of the green hills, tea estates and tall girder bridges.Priyam: The train stops at many stations, each one more beautiful and quaint than the other. You can buy snacks at almost all stations but tea served at Coonoor is a must!Visiting Ooty and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Hotel AlakapuriMid-range stays: Darshan HotelLuxury stays: Savoy Hotel - 40577 Ratings, 25813 Reviews, 52 Sightseeings, 2352 Photos © indiarailinfo.com The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Mettupalyam to Ooty, which is located at 7228 ft. Running at the speed of 10.5 km/hour, the train passes through many tunnels and bridges, offering wonderful views of the green hills, tea estates and tall girder bridges.Priyam: The train stops at many stations, each one more beautiful and quaint than the other. You can buy snacks at almost all stations but tea served at Coonoor is a must!Visiting Ooty and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Hotel AlakapuriMid-range stays: Darshan HotelLuxury stays: Savoy Hotel - 40577 Ratings, 25813 Reviews, 52 Sightseeings, 2352 Photos

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Mettupalyam to Ooty, which is located at 7228 ft. Running at the speed of 10.5 km/hour, the train passes through many tunnels and bridges offering wonderful views of the green hills and tea estates. 

5. The glutton's train: Mumbai to Goa by Mandovi Express

The glutton's train: Mumbai and Goa by Mandovi Express: Travellers swear by Mandovi Express for the yummy food. From hot chai, coffee, vada, shira, cutlets and sandwiches for breakfast to chicken biryani, veg fried rice, pav bhaji, gulab jamuns, ‘garam kanda bhajia'- the train serves it all. Not enough? Travel for the gorgeous green countryside of Konkan belt.Sachin Bhandary: I travelled by Mandovi Express - which runs between Mumbai and Goa - and serves delicious sheera, upma, tomato soup, chicken fried rice, chicken manchurian and biryani. They were surprisingly lip-smacking.Visiting Goa and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Angels Holiday ResortMid-range stays: Ocean Palms GoaLuxury stays: Vivanta by Taj- Fort Aguada - 10329 Ratings, 7490 Reviews, 20 Sightseeings, 4346 Photos © deviantart.net Travellers swear by Mandovi Express for the yummy food. From hot chai, coffee, vada, shira, cutlets and sandwiches for breakfast to chicken biryani, veg fried rice, pav bhaji, gulab jamuns, ‘garam kanda bhajia'- the train serves it all. Not enough? Travel for the gorgeous green countryside of Konkan belt.Sachin Bhandary: I travelled by Mandovi Express - which runs between Mumbai and Goa - and serves delicious sheera, upma, tomato soup, chicken fried rice, chicken manchurian and biryani. They were surprisingly lip-smacking.Visiting Goa and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Angels Holiday ResortMid-range stays: Ocean Palms GoaLuxury stays: Vivanta by Taj- Fort Aguada - 10329 Ratings, 7490 Reviews, 20 Sightseeings, 4346 Photos

Travellers swear by Mandovi Express for the yummy food. From hot chai, coffee, vada, shira, cutlets and sandwiches for breakfast to chicken biryani, veg fried rice, pav bhaji, gulab jamuns and ‘garam kanda bhajia' for dinner- the train serves it all. Not enough? Then travel just for the gorgeous view of the green countryside of Konkan belt.

6. A photographer’s delight: Mandapam to Rameshwaram 

A photographer’s delight: Mandapam to Rameshwaram: Rameshwaram located on Pamban Island is connected to Mandapan via the Pamban Bridge. The train ride across the Pamban Bridge provides a beautiful view of the Palk Strait.Pradeep: Don't miss the Pamban Bridge view from the train. Those who love photography will love it and must get some good clicks of the bridge.Visiting Rameshwaram and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Ambika HotelMid-range stays: Daiwik Hotels - 5178 Ratings, 3494 Reviews, 22 Sightseeings, 271 Photos © deviantart.net Rameshwaram located on Pamban Island is connected to Mandapan via the Pamban Bridge. The train ride across the Pamban Bridge provides a beautiful view of the Palk Strait.Pradeep: Don't miss the Pamban Bridge view from the train. Those who love photography will love it and must get some good clicks of the bridge.Visiting Rameshwaram and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Ambika HotelMid-range stays: Daiwik Hotels - 5178 Ratings, 3494 Reviews, 22 Sightseeings, 271 Photos

Rameshwaram located on Pamban Island is connected to Mandapan via the Pamban Bridge. The train ride across the Pamban Bridge provides a beautiful view of the Palk Strait.

7. Spot Migratory Birds: Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapur

Spot Migratory Birds: Bhubaneshwar to Brahmapur: This track runs on the shore of the Chilka lake. Nestled between the Eastern Ghats and the Chilka lake, this train route passes through Chilika lake in Orissa, the second largest lagoon for migratory birds. This journey is definitely a treat for bird watchers!Simanchal Bhanja: The rising sun at Chilika Lake was indeed breathtaking and the timing of my journey was perfect too. Visiting Berhampur and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Hotel Kamas Inn - 616 Ratings, 337 Reviews, 14 Sightseeings, 31 Photos © holidify.com This track runs on the shore of the Chilka lake. Nestled between the Eastern Ghats and the Chilka lake, this train route passes through Chilika lake in Orissa, the second largest lagoon for migratory birds. This journey is definitely a treat for bird watchers!Simanchal Bhanja: The rising sun at Chilika Lake was indeed breathtaking and the timing of my journey was perfect too. Visiting Berhampur and want to stay close to all this goodness:Budget stays: Hotel Kamas Inn - 616 Ratings, 337 Reviews, 14 Sightseeings, 31 Photos

This railway track runs on the shore of the Chilka lake. Nestled between the Eastern Ghats and the Chilka lake, this train route passes through the second largest lagoon for migratory birds. This journey is definitely a treat for bird watchers!

8. The Snow Sojourn: Qazigund - Baramulla 

The Snow Sojourn: Qazigund - Baramulla: A journey through heaven! Pass through Kashmir Valley, weaving through the snow capped peaks and the Chinar trees.Sachin: I boarded a train to Baramulla in the north. It was freezing cold. - 8 Reviews, 10 Sightseeings © indianexpress.com A journey through heaven! Pass through Kashmir Valley, weaving through the snow capped peaks and the Chinar trees.Sachin: I boarded a train to Baramulla in the north. It was freezing cold. - 8 Reviews, 10 Sightseeings

A journey through heaven! Pass through the Kashmir Valley and travel amidst the beautiful snow-capped peaks and the Chinar trees.

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