Best Indian Rail Journeys
The sound of ‘chug chug…chuk….chuk’ with an occasional whistling sound made by the steam engine whizzing past me, still holds special memories, since I, as an Army Officer’s child have travelled the length and breadth of India by many different trains and thought about enlightening readers about the top 9 Indian Rail Trips that ought to be taken by each one of you that wishes to see the country at its magnanimous best:
1. Golden Chariot from Bangalore to Goa
The train takes travelers on a voyage starting from Bangalore and ending in Goa. Some of the stopovers include Kabini wildlife sanctuary, Hampi and Badami. The cabins are well equipped with facilities like inbuilt showers providing hot and cold water, themed dining cars. It costs £2,965pp.
2. Goa Express from Vasco da Gama to Londa(Karnataka)
Whizzing across the western ghats like a snake, the train offers breathtaking views of the beautiful lush green locales of the ghats and hills that abound the region. One can view many waterfalls and small Goan villages enroute.
3. Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey
Priced at £2,925pp, the train is luxury personified and offers you a “princely’ experience. It departs from Mumbai to reach Delhi and offers all kinds of facilities onboard like bar, dining car and luxurious cabins. Tourists can stopover at Ranthambore and also visit Taj Mahal and Ajanta and Ellora caves.
4. Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express
Taking about 16 hours to reach Assam, the train starts in New Jalpaiguri and offers breathtaking views of tea plantation on the way.
5. Jammu Mail
Tagged as a latecomer, the train is seldom on time, but offers tourists magnificent views of tunnels and bridges that decorate the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It starts everyday from Jammu to reach Udhampur, a beautiful hilly town lying at the footsteps of the famous Trikuta Hills enshrining the popular Vaishno Devi deity.
6. The Toy Train
The best of the best hill trains to have chugged its way in India is the Toy Train that plies between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. The train is more like a “hop on hop off” train and takes about 8 to 9 hours to reach Ghoom, the highest spot in Darjeeling. A World Heritage site, the train weaves across the curvaceous Batasia Loop and offers you a breathtaking view of the snow capped Kanchenjunga Mountain.
7. Nizamuddin Duronto Express
Travelling from Pune to New Delhi? Then, hop on to this train as is takes about 20 hours as journey time and the price includes food too. There are a number of facilities like bottle holders, reading lights and phone sockets.
8. Himalayan Queen
I have traveled from Kalka to Shimla by this super awesome train that weaves its way through many bridges and tunnels. One can see apple orchards and flowering trees and waterfalls from his or her cubicle. It takes about 5 hours to reach.
9. Mandovi Express
From Madgaon to Mumbai, the train takes you on a whirlwind journey , passing through bends and curves that lend a unique experience of traveling the Indian countryside.
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