Top 8 scenic Rail routes of India

Railways are the lifeblood of India. It provides one of the best ways to explore a culturally and naturally diverse country like India. The act of traveling on a train while gazing out at the beautiful landscapes that pass by is one the best experiences one can have. So, let us look at eight of the most scenic rail routes in India.

1. Vasco Da gama – Londa Jn

The train to Goa passes through the Western Ghats with stretches of Tropical forests, long tunnels and through many waterfalls.The highlight of the route is the train passes through the Dhudhsagar waterfall, which is India’s one of the highest waterfalls.

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2. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Popularly known as the toy train, it is the oldest of the five mountain railways in India. The route passes trough the majestic hills of Darjeeling district as it winds up from the plains of Siliguri towards Darjeeling. The view covers stunning natural beauty and vegetation of Darjeeling with the snow-capped Kanchenjunga readily visible in the background. The toy train is also a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site.

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3. Mettupalayam – Ooty

This route is another mountain railway route known as the Nilgiri mountain railway. It starts from Mettupalayam, a town in Tamil Nadu to Conoor through Ooty. The train passes through 16 tunnels and about 250 bridges taking you to a height of 7300 feet. Tea gardens, lush green forests and deep valleys make this trip an enticing experience.

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4. Guwahati – Lumding – Silchar

This rail route enables one to transition from the Brahmaputra Valley to the Barak Valley region of Assam via the beautiful Barail hills. The route includes Haflong, the only hill station of India and Jatinga, which is famous as the bird suicide center. The lush green forests with dense undergrowth is a treat for the senses. The majestic Jatinga river accompanies the route for much of the way and adds to its natural splendor.

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5.Jaipur – Jaisalmer

Unlike the other routes, this does not boast of much natural vegetation, being in the middle of the Thar desert. However, it is not without its own charm. The vast undulating desertscape with its starkness has its own poetic beauty and keeps you interested throughout the journey.

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6. Quazigund – Srinagar – Baramulla

The train route passes through the beautiful valley of Kashmir ringed by the magnificent peaks of the Himalayas. Traveling on this route is always a treat but most particularly in the winters when the entire valley is covered in fresh snowfall giving a dreamy quality of landscape which is hard to beat.

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7. Araku Valley Railways

One of the most beautiful valleys in India is Araku Valley. The amazing flora and fauna have made it a hotspot for many botanists and nature enthusiasts.  The trip offers a long cave routes, many waterfalls and lush green forests. With the introduction of special Vistadome coaches with special glass ceilings and increased window areas, tourists will be able to better appreciate the view.

Araku Valley Railways


8. Jogindernagar-Pathankot
Also known as the Kangra Valley railway, this meter gauge train line of 164 KM long was constructed in the year 1926 and started operation in the year 1929. The route is very scenic with a distance view of snow capped Dhauladhar hills accompanying you across the beautiful Kangra valley. It also provides an easy route to Dharmashala, being located at a distance of 20 KM by bus from Kangra station.Image Courtesy:

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