20 Most Beautiful Train Routes In India

India is a land known for its cultural heritage and beauty. But apart from that, India is also blessed with some of the beautiful and eye-catchy natural wonders. India is a peninsular country blessed with hills, mountains, islands, seas, oceans, rivers, and lakes. India is not only diverse in cultural aspects but also in geological aspects.

India has the hottest deserts, snowy mountains, and dense forests. It sounds great just to hear itself, right? What if you are given a chance to travel through the amazing landscapes of India on a train?

Here are some of the train routes in India with spectacular scenery. Read further to know more.

1. Chennai to Rameshwaram

The train route passes through the Bay of Bengal, connecting a small town called Rameswaram in Pamban island and Chennai. You can enjoy the most scenic view through the ocean while on a train. The travel on the 100-year-old Pamban bridge is a thrilling experience for sure!

2. Jammu to Qazigund

This enchanting Kashmiri rail route from Jammu to Qazigund is like a trip to heaven on earth. This white paradise with snow-covered mountain tops and tall chinar trees would be a treat to your eyes. The pure, white snow sheet gives an amazing look throughout the trip.

3. Kangra Valley Railway

This sub-Himalayan railway route through the Kangra valley has a lot of stunning views of rivers and dense trees all through the way. The mesmerizing views from above the bridge would charm you completely.

4. Konkan Odyssey

The splendid views of the Sahyadari hills, impressive bends, and plenty of water resources form an astounding part of the Konkan Odyssey. Apart from giving scenic views, this train rote is appreciated for the amazing work by the Indian engineers despite frequent landslides.

5. Nilgiri Mountain Railway

It is 110 years-old train route that must be experienced by everyone at least once. This 46 Km journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty through the rugged terrains the spectacular tea gardens would give a refreshing feel to all travelers.

6. Matheran Hill Railway

This train travel amidst the western ghats is filled with abundant scenic beauty. It really feels fresh after this journey as vehicles are prohibited inside this hill town. This 112-years old train route connects Neral and Matheran.

Matheran is the smallest hill station of India but it holds true to the saying - small things come in big packages. Matheran has to be one of the most undeniably cute little hill stations of India. Located on an elevation of 800 metres above sea level in Western Ghats, Matheran is incredibly peaceful and eco-friendly.

Other than making it your favourite summer holiday destination it is also a must visit during the peak monsoon season. Displaying a variety of shades of green, rich biodiversity and scenic vistas all around, Matheran is a treat for sore eyes.

7. Kalka Shimla Railway

This rail route between Kalka and Shimla holds a Guinness record for the rise in steepest altitude in the distance of 96 km. It was built in 1903 during the British rule in India. The thick green sheet through the windows is an enticing view to watch.

8. Desert Circuit

This sojourn through the Golden city has vibrant and colorful sand huts and grazing camels in the hot desert. It connects the pink city of Jaipur and Jaisalmer.

9. Cochin to Trivandrum

This train ride from Cochin to Trivandrum is one of the mesmerizing ways to encounter the beauty of God's own country, the Kerala state. The ride through the crystal-clear lakes, backwaters, tall coconut grooves, and the Kerala villages would be the memorable trip of your life.

10. Karjat to Lonavala

The Western Ghats are known for their rich diversity. The train route from Karjat – Lonavala during the rainy season becomes more beautiful with glittering waterfalls and numerous clear streams. The dense green vegetation creates a graceful view from your train’s window.

11. Agra to Gwalior

This trip from Agra to Gwalior is filled with thick green patches giving a remarkably comforting feel to the eyes. The view of the Chambal River not only offers a lovely sight but also creates a feeling of thrill and adventure.

12. Kollam to Sengottai

This connecting train route between Kollam – Punalur – Sengottai was established way back in 1907. This section is a feast to the eyes and savors the scenes of rich greenery and plenty of architectural bewilderments.

13. Guntakal to Guntur

The journey from Guntakal to Guntur through the beautiful Eastern Ghats offers a lovely sight, especially within Dhone and Cumbum. Cumbum station gives a charming view of Cumbum Lake, known for being Asia's oldest man-made lake.

Annavaram is a small village situated 4 km from Chilakaluripet in Guntur district. The name "Annavaram" is derived from the Tamil word "Annam" meaning "Dry land where paddy cultivation was not possible". The river Kallamuri (which flows from the hills of Mahabubnagar district) and Pochampadu lake are two places which make Annavaram a perfect tourist destination. There are several waterfalls, forests, lakes and hot springs in Annavaram.

Guntur is one of the largest cities in Andhra Pradesh, situated 64 kilometers from the Bay of Bengal. The major attraction of Guntur is Amravati. Millions of people come to visit Mahachaitya Stupa in Amravati. Nagarjuna Dam in Guntur also attracts tourists. Guntur is one of the religious cities of Andhra Pradesh; that is why there are many beautiful temples made of magnificent architecture. Amareswar Temple is the chief of those temples.

14. Bhubaneswar to Brahmapur

The trip from Bhubaneswar to Brahmapur with the eastern ghats on your right side and the Chilika Lake to your left is an astonishing sight for nature lovers. If you love bird spotting, don't miss to board this train with your binoculars.

15. Koraput to Rayagada

The trip from Koraput to Rayagada is 200 m above sea level. When the train drives down from Koraput to Rayagada, the downhill sight looks thrilling and stunning. Horse-shoe-shaped curves and dense jungles are additional attractions while on the train.

16. Junagadh to Delvada

The route from Junagarh to Delvada, is the best opportunity for you to make a stop at Gir as well as get a view into the westerly region of Saurashtra.

17. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

This route from New Jalpaiguri – Darjeeling is said to be the journey on India's oldest mountain railways. The mesmerizing view and the dense green valleys are amazing views to watch.

18. Himatnagar to Udaipur

The route from Himmatnagar – Udaipur is a journey through the Aravali ridges, made because of erosion of an old -folder mountain. These hills carry a rich history of the Rajasthan state.

19. Pune to Satara

In this trip from Pune to Satara, the train passes through hills and crosses and large rocks on all its sides, creating a magnificent sight.

20. Lumding to Silchar

The journey between Guwahati – Lumding – Silchar is filled with aromatic scents of the pleasant green valleys, rivers, and other natural sights. The thick tea estates would give a feel-good moment for all passengers

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