Its always a wonderful affair with these slow chugging engines. Taking you places, the train routes across the country are an experience of a complete visual bliss. These tracks reach the remotest places and become your window to an all new world. Here's a list of the most wonderful railway routes across the country making your travel more about the journey than the destination.
1. A milky way crossover across the mighty Dudhsagar Falls: The Goa Express
Traversing across 6 states, this almost 2000 km long journey gives you an eyeful of the culture across the country. Passing the majestic Dudhsagar Waterfalls at the Braganza ghat section, this journey to Vasco da gama, the nearest railhead to the capital of Goa, offers a picture postcard backdrop as you travel.
The 103 tunnels through the pines dotting the green hillocks take you to Shimla, with the last tunnel serving as a landmark to the town. This mountainous route to the British summer capital in the 20th century is now declared a heritage property. Taking you in an almost 100 km journey to Shimla via Dharampur and Solan, this Himalayan Queen is a complete panoramic feast.
3. A journey to God's own country: Kerala Anubhavam
A scenic bliss with pristine shorelines, this 250 km stretch between Ernakulam to Trivandrum via Kollam is a pure visual delight. The journey through this coastal state with neatly lined palms and tranquil lakes all along the way lets you experience this silent charm of rural Kerala.
4. Through the snowscapes of Paradise : Kashmir Valley Railway
This spectacularly scenic rail route is overlooked by the Patni and Pir Panjal Range. The landscapes outside the window keep you spellbound as you travel past Srinagar and Baramulla from Jammu. You gaze at the slowly unfolding young Himalayas outside the train window as it moves across the stone bridges and breathtaking mountain passes.
5. The Sea Bridge Ride into the blue: Mandapam-Pamban-Rameswaram
Its a rail ride out to the sea through majestic 2.4km Pamban Rail Bridge on the Palk Strait. Its your chance to dive into the shades of blue of the sea and the endless sky merging at the horizon. The delightful coastal journey becomes a window to the rich South Indian culture as it leads to Rameswaram, the longest temple corridor in the country.
6. The Odisha cultural odyssey :Koraput to Rayagada
The Eastern Ghats reveal themselves in all their splendid beauty as the train passes through numerous tunnels in the Deomali Hills, the majestic viaducts, limestone caves and rich farmlands. From the green inland regions to the serene coastal line, the Hirakhand Express takes you on an absolute scenic voyage as you savour the forest berries bought from one of the many halt stations.
7. The whistling and winding Queen of the young Himalayas: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Its a road of romance from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling as the tracks wind round and reach 2200 meters above sea level. Ghum station, the summit of the line, is the highest located railway station in India. The snowcapped Kunchenjunga stands at a stunning height overlooking the panoramic view of the Darjeeling town from the Batasia Loop.
8. Chugging through the green of gardens and silence of the lakes: Mettupalayam-Conoor-Ooty
This is a journey back in time as you hover over the valley on your left for five hours through 250 bridges and 16 tunnels. Traversing through Hillgrove, Wellington, Keeti, Lovedale and other wonderfully scenic stations, the train speeds as slow as 12km/hr giving you an opportunity it step out and manage a click amidst the pines and the beauteous valley below.