Each of us have at least one fond childhood memory that revolves around train – gazing out of the window and being amazed at the changing landscape, seeing the moon speeding with the train, playing antakshari or fighting with other kids over window seat. Nowadays planning a vacation rarely includes a train trip. Due to lack of time, drop in flight fares or considering comfort and hygiene factors, most travellers prefer to go by air. However, train journeys have a sense of quaintness and charm that remains unmatched with any other mode of transport. Interacting with people from diverse backgrounds, relishing the drab meals of train or passing through picturesque frames – all add up to making your journey as enticing as the destination. But before you plan your train trip it is always better to take assistance from IRCTC website to sort any train enquiry. Here’s a list of four scenic train routes in India that will turn you a bit more nostalgic and compel you to take your next vacation by train.
- Siliguri – Alipurduar: Planning a train journey to the foothill regions of West Bengal will give you an experience of a Jungle Safari on wheels. Secluded by dense forests and embracing the meandering Teesta and Sankosh Rivers, the Dooars Valley in West Bengal is blessed with the panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas in the backdrop. This route offers striking views of wildlife and glimpses of Himalayan ranges. Don’t be surprised if you spot a rhino from your seat or see an elephant crossing the railway track. The course of the journey covers sanctuaries like Mahananda, Jaldapara, Buxa Tiger Reserve and Chapramari forest. In case you want to do just a part of the entire journey, you may check IRCTC train enquiry between two stations.
- Bangalore – Kanyakumari: Making way as one of the most scenic train journeys, this route will transport you to the land of “Malgudi Days”. This journey encompasses lush plantations, picturesque meadows, placid water bodies and above all a rustic view of local villages. From the Silicon Valley of India to the Land’s End, this journey exudes the pristine beauty of nature. The best train in this route is Island Express which completes the entire distance of 944 km in 19.5 hours.
- Jammu – Udhampur: Located in the high earthquake intensity zone, this route is fascinating and challenging at the same time. Traversing through snow-capped mountains, rugged terrains and the splendid view of the Shivalik Ranges, this train journey must be included in the bucket list of every travel enthusiast. En route, you will cross approximately 158 bridges and more than 20 tunnels. The trains chug through steep mountain edges and enthralling valleys to bestow the authentic charm and beauty of Paradise on Earth.
- Jodhpur – Jaisalmer: The rail journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer will explode all your preconceived notions about deserts as being a barren and dreary stretch of land and is sure to challenge your travel taste. The vibrant settlements of colourful mud huts set against the yellow soil and stray camels grazing across the dunes will make your heart thump louder. The sight of the never-ending desert with the rising sun at the backdrop is a view to cherish forever. On your way, you will come across diversified topography like sand dunes, scattered habitat, and xerophytic vegetation and will get the feel of a desert safari. Though Desert Queen is the best train onin this route, you may check IRCTC train enquiry page for other options.
Aren’t these routes absolutely stunning? So what are you waiting for? Plan your next train trip with full zest and relive those childhood memories once again!