India is a vast nation and one of the cheapest ways to see its length and breadth is to take train journeys across the country. India has one of the largest networks of railways and it connects the north to the south and the east to the west. These train journeys are not always short, some even lasting three days but that has never deterred people traveling around to admire their countrys beauty. After months of prior booking, people finally get on board for a long journey with suitcases and packed meals from home. These are often shared with fellow travelers and as one moves from one part of the country to another, people taste delicacies of other regions offered on the railway stations where the train halts for a few minutes. While train journeys often make us nostalgic, many of us are moving to faster means of transport to reach our destination. However, these train journeys pass through some of the most scenic trails of the country and offer vistas that have to be seen to be believed. We list the top ten breathtaking train routes in India and urge you to take them at least once in your lifetime. ALSO SEE 12 wacky things to do on long train journeys Also Read - Staffer at Rail Bhawan Tests Positive For Coronavirus; Fifth Case in 2 Weeks in Same Building
Mandapam to Rameswaram
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One of the best as well as the most adventurous train routes in India, the ride is on the second longest bridge of the country that connects Rameswaram on the Pamban Island to Mandapam in Tamil Nadu. The train runs on the thin Pamban Bridge and on either side you can see the beautiful Palk Strait. This is the first sea bridge of the country and the environment is highly corrosive making it dangerous too and is the only way to reach the island. Nonetheless, Rameswaram draws a lot of crowd every single day, most of them are pilgrims. The island of Rameswaram is home to several temples including the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple. The journey is not more than 20 minutes but it is something that you should definitely experience at least once. ALSO SEE 5 reasons Rameswaram is an underrated tourist destination Also Read - Comedian Vir Das' Neighbour Sneezes On Him During Altercation, Threatens to Slap Him | Watch Viral Video
Siliguri to Alipurduar
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The northeast of India has some hidden gems that havent been explored by many travelers yet. Due to low connectivity with the rest of the country, the wonders are still intact. However, the Railway Budget has promised to increase the number of trains to the northeast in the coming years which means you have more to explore. One train ride that you should not miss is the one from Siliguri to Alipurduar which is so scenic that you would want to take it again. The train passes through several wildlife reserves which means lots of greenery and the occasional spotting of animals too. En route the train crosses several streams too. It is a journey right through the midst of nature transporting you to paradise before your destination arrives. The journey lasts between two-and-a-half hours to three-and-a-half hours depending on the train you take. ALSO SEE Stories of Indian train journeys
Kalka to Shimla
Evoke the child in you with a toy train ride from Kalka to Shimla. The journey is special for a number of reasons, one of them being that it is a fun ride that passes through 102 tunnels and 82 bridges. It is only 96 km but it takes about five hours to cover the distance but we arent complaining as it is one of the most scenic routes in India. Not just kids, even adults can enjoy this train ride thanks to the visual treat it offers as it passes through some of the most beautiful parts of the country. The ride is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the steepest rise in altitude in 96 km. Spot different kinds of trees that grow here and enjoy the cool breeze that hits your face as you ride along this journey. ALSO SEE How to book tickets for Shimla toy train
Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
The best part of living in India is that you can see vivid regions and terrains all in a train journey. From mountains to the sea and greenery to barren deserts, there is everything on display in our country. To get a glimpse of the golden desert, take a train ride from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer which takes a little over six hours. En route you can experience the wonders of the Thar Desert as you pass numerous villages with colorful mud huts. Spot camels along the way and if you are going in the summer, you can also see the sunrise in the desert which is simply marvellous. Rajasthan is one of the most tourist-friendly places in India and this time, chuck the flight journey and hop on a train to have a different, memorable experience. There are several trains that run between the two cities.
Vasco Da Gama to Londa
Goa is one of the most beautiful states and even though it is synonymous with beaches, there is a lot of greenery to explore too. The hinterlands of Goa offer gushing rivers and waterfalls that many tourists are now exploring in the state. Even though the route to Goa from different parts of the country is pretty scenic, the most epic one is from Vasco Da Gama to Londa as you can witness the Dudhsagar Waterfalls en route. The waterfalls lie on the border of Goa and Karnataka and this train journey gives you a clear view of it. The distance between the two cities is about six hours by train and you will surely love every minute of it. You may even get a few drops of water on your face due to the gushing force of the waterfall. After you cross this, you can see the red soil this region has to offer. The best time to take this train journey is during the peak monsoon season as that is when the waterfall is in its full form. ALSO SEE Why you must visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls
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