Being a good passenger of the Indian Railways for more then 15 years and traveled through the beautiful train routes around the country, Here is the list of 12 most scenic train routes of Indian Railways. The list may get longer, if we add few more train route such as Karjat-Lonavala,Junagarh-Delvada,Pune-Satara and Neral-Matheran. Please share your travel journey across the numerous train routes of India.
Blue Sea Ride (Mandapam-Pamban-Rameswaram)
The most amazing train ride in India, through the second longest sea bridge in India, connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island to rest of India. Drive on the Pamban Bridge over a flat blue sea on the Palk Strait.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty)
The Nilgiri Express or Nilgiri Mountain Train is one of the Mountain Railways of India, crosses through the rolling hills of Nilgiri ranges and offers stunning view of nature around. Chaiyya Chaiyya song was shot on the roof top of NMR.
Jewel of Thar Desert (Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer)
The Desert Queen rail route passes through the dry forest and waste land of Thar Desert of Rajasthan. Train through the thar desert offers barren desert land, sand dunes, desert wildlife and tribes.
Great Chambal Beehad (Agra-Gwalior)
The Great Beehad of Chambal is known for its dacoit, lies at semi-arid zone of north-western India. Chambal express offers amazing view of these Beehad or ravines of Chambal.
Orissa Tribal Odyssey (Koraput-Rayagada)
The Koraput to Rayagada railway line passes through the dark and dense forests, meadows,water falls and terraced valleys. Rayagada region is known for scenic beauty and heritage on the land of tribal Odisha, an unexplored paradise.
Adventures Araku Valley (Visakhapatnam-Shimiliaguda-Araku Valley)
The Adventures train journey to Araku Valley through the majestic Eastern Ghats,coffee plantations via the highest Broad gauge railway station of Shimiliguda. Araku Valley is known for its scenic beauty and inhabited tribes.
Aroma of Assam (Guwahati-Lumding-Silchar)
The flavors of Assam offers one of the best train route in India through the lush greenery,amazing river valleys and tea gardens. Assam Railways route is India’s most dangerous stretch of railway.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (New Jalpaiguri-Ghum-Darjeeling)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the five Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site know for its beautiful and amazing journey. Ghumrailway station on the Darjeeling rail line is India’s highest railway station.
Coastal Kerala (Ernakulam-Kollam-Trivandrum)
Train jounrney through the long Arabian Sea coastline of Kerala offers exotic view of the surrounding area, coconut trees line, green paddy fields and water channels over the enchanting backwaters.
The Konkan Railway offers amazing natural beauty around the routes,which includes the majestic and magnificent Sahyadri mountain ranges, number of stunning curves, river bridges, lakes and other water bodies.
Kalka–Shimla Toy Train (Kalka–Kandaghat-Shimla)
Himalayan Queen Train passes through the 107 tunnels, 864 bridges,picturesque Himalayas and so many curves. The Kalka Shimla toy train provides one of the most scenic train journeys in India,through the picturesque Himalayas mountain ranges and one of the highest railway station.
Kashmir Valley Railway (Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla)
Kashmir Railway is one of the most scenic railway line of India passes through the 20 tunnels and 100 of bridges over the young Himalayas, also host the tallest Indian railway bridge(under construction). The Kashmir Railway line is the most challenging railway project of Indian rail system, crosses the major earthquake zones,high altitude mountain passes and terrain in the extreme temperatures of cold.