The West Bengal government has introduced three new toy trains to the Ghum-Darjeeling circuit to help draw people away from the crazy overcrowded celebrations of Durga Puja in Kolkata. The existing six trains will get additional coaches to accommodate more people as well.
It has been over 150 years since the first railway line was introduced in Mumbai. Since then the Indian railway network has grown to become the most busiest in the world with over 115,000 km of track. And honestly, train is the best way to travel around India.
The sheer versatility of the terrain and the views alone makes it worthwhile. But more so because the extent of the reach of the railways is vast – from remote villages to high peaks. The experience is something that you will not find anywhere else in the world. The train offers a unique opportunity to meet number of people from various parts of the country and an amalgamation of culture.
Here are five journeys that every travel aficionado must take in his/her lifetime.
Travelling like Royalty
The Konkan railway
Image courtesy: Samson Joseph
The western ghats and the greenery makes for one of the most breathtaking journeys you will take in your lifetime. The train meanders through tunnels, hills, green forests and waterfalls.
Image courtesy: Wikipedia, Image of New Jalpaiguri station
Island Express and the New Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar Passenger will take you through contrasting terrains but it would be a ride to remember as the natural beauty is exquisite. The Island express takes you through Kerala while the passenger will take you through the forests of Northern Bengal. Take your pick.
Image courtesy: Firstpost
Kashmir Railway is a classic example why Indian railways is so awesome. The train route crosses earthquake zones and is also subjected to extreme hot and cold temperatures and inhospitable terrain, making it an extremely challenging engineering feat. In winters the temperatures fall well below zero and is subject to snowfall. But the tracks endure the extreme conditions and the views are exhilarating.
– Text and Images by Aparna Mudi
This blog was originally published here by the same author.