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7 Beautiful Train Journeys to Ride Around India

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Do you want to embark on a journey where you can ride trains and enjoy a wonderful view? This mode of transportation has been around for a long time and is still significant to this day. A country that offers you to enjoy beautiful journeys on the train is India, as it has many railways connecting to different destinations.

Witness fascinating scenery while on the train, where you can relax, munch on some snacks, play games or read a book. It is also a relatively cheaper way to travel in India, so you better grab this opportunity. Here, we have listed down seven beautiful train journeys in India that you can take yourself on an adventure.

1. New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling 

The New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling train journey is one of the most well-known rails and main attractions in India. Known as the “Toy train,” they offer a joyride for tourists and passengers the chance to ride on a steam locomotive on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The train chugs around beautiful hills, mountains and even a tea garden to take great pictures of.

The narrow track is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you will pass by villages and experience panoramic views throughout the journey. You don't need to worry about the amenities, as they will be provided on the train. And while the ride is relatively slow, you can take the time to absorb the view.

2. Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (Desert Queen)

If you want to enjoy and experience a safari in the desert, then the Jaisalmer to Jodhpur railway is for you. It is called the Desert Queen as it passes by a dry, barren desert with inhabitants that reside in the land, wildlife, and camels grazing the land.

You will be enveloped in the view, especially if you board the train in the early morning or evening, as the warm, golden glow encompasses the desert, and you witness the beautiful sun rising or setting. The whole ride will not feel monotonous as you encounter many things scattering the desert. We recommend bringing along a Polaroid camera to take some instant shots as memories.

3. Mandapam- Rameswaram

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Need a short getaway? Just hop on the beautiful train route from Mandapam to Rameswaram, as it screams serenity and peacefulness. The train is supported by a bridge-like railway surrounded by the blue sea- and sometimes it feels dangerous, which is not for the faint of the heart. However, the view will make you feel like you are in a movie, as the sea welcomes you with its sparkling water. It will be an experience like no other, and you will be engulfed with the beauty of the sea when you pass by it.

4. Karjat - Lonavala

The journey from Karjat to Lonavala gives off a mystic-like atmosphere, especially during monsoon season. The lush greenery will glisten from the water, resulting in a beautiful view, and feeling like you are in a magical rainforest. With the rise of foreign tourists wanting to explore, we think this is the perfect train to hop on. The train ride will go through a tunnel and welcome you with a fantastic view, so you can expect beautiful things at the end of the tunnel.

Moreover, the passage is connected near the hills and gives off a scenic vibe; wherever you turn your head, all you see is the luscious green scenery that makes you appreciate what nature has to offer. Plus, the mountain views are breathtaking, and it is an adventure you will never forget.

5. Pathankot – Joginder Nagar

Anyone who enjoys thrills and the train ride from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar will be on an adventure as the railway is very tall and the height is quite challenging. However, from your height, you will see the forest and greenery from a better view, and nothing can beat the incredible scenery you are witnessing. Moreover, you will encounter beautiful mountains, all high in their glory.

The ride moves at a slow pace and takes about 8 hours to arrive at Joginder Nagar. So, you will have enough time to take in what is in front of you and absorb all the positivity from the trip. It feels like you are on top of the world and enjoying your time at this magnificent location.

6. Mumbai - Goa

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The Konkan railway travels through Mumbai to Goa, offering lush green scenery that amazes you. While on your journey, you will see many streams and rivers which give you the essence of nature. Passengers would be in awe of the scenic atmosphere, especially when the train passes through the Sahyadri mountains, making the vibe of your journey feel majestic. The railway itself is really high, and the thrill will be present, but the view will be very worth it. It is definitely a must-visit location when you travel to India.

7. Kalka - Shima (Himalayan Queen)

For a picturesque trip where you can cherish the cold surroundings, the ride from Kalka to Shima or as known as the Himalayan Queen is the train ride you want to be on. The various trees, such as pine and oak, will surround your journey, and whenever snow falls, it will land on the trees, making it such a scenic view. The white snow will bring you to a winter wonderland and enchant you with its cloud of beauty.

The train’s speed is slow but steady and estimated to be 5 hours journey as there are slopes, curves and bridges that they have to go through. However, you can really take the time to admire the view outside your window, so get comfortable and just prepare to be amazed.

There is a view and railway for everyone, and if you could travel to India, take the chance and hop on a train to have the time of your life exploring. It keeps you constantly excited to see what nature and India offers!

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