When it comes to exploring the country, nothing quite compares to travelling by train. Train travel makes us nostalgic. It’s a reminiscence of how train engines, comic books on the railway station, and getting our muchloved window seat excited us as a kid.
Even today, staring out of the window and just watching the landscape change give us the muchneeded break to savour the little things in our lives. If travelling the world is on your list, it’s time to hit the pause button and go on a well-deserved trip to rediscover yourself. On World Tourism Day on September 27, Paytm travel announced eight scenic routes around India that will let you indulge in a feast for eyes and soul.
THE DESERT QUEEN (JODHPUR-JAISALMER)
If you haven’t enjoyed the view of the golden hues of the desert sand and camels grazing in the distance, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Go on a desert safari aboard this train and experience a visual delight like no other when the golden sand is enveloped by the warm red glow of the sun rising or setting.
THE MAHARAJAS EXPRESS (MUMBAI-DELHI)
The Maharajas Express is the costliest luxury train in India. The train is equipped with world-class facilities including large dining, bar, lounge, generator, LCD TVs, direct dial phone, internet, individual temperature controls and suite bathroom as well. This 8 day/7 night journey from Mumbai to Delhi gives you a peek into royalty and also lets you explore enchanting destinations, on the way.
THE HIMALAYAN QUEEN (KALKA-SHIMLA)
This magnificent beauty awaits you on the journey is obvious enough from the fact that the Kalka-Shimla railway has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. As the toy train moves through the lush green pine forests, the cedar-scented air hits you. From flower meadows to rivulets, nature lovers will not run out of things to look at. The journey will not disappoint thrill seekers either – the steep track and sharp curves will keep their adrenaline level high.
PALACE ON WHEELS (RAJASTHAN TOUR)
Started on January 26, India’s Republic Day, in 1982, ‘Palace on Wheels’ became India’s first pancountry super luxury train. In August 2009, the train was relaunched with new looks and more luxurious facilities, and today, it holds the pride of place as the world’s fourth best luxury train. The cruise train has everything you could wish for – exotic spa, restaurants, TV, internet connectivity, music and security.
DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY (JALPAIGURI-DARJEELING)
The smoke-billowing and whistleblowing train has found itself in many Bollywood films, from Parineeta to Barfi! The route is picturesque from the very beginning, and promises to be a special treat for chai lovers, as it passes by the idyllic tea plantations.
MANDOVI EXPRESS (MADGAON-MUMBAI)
With the Sahyadri hills on one side and the Arabian sea on the other, expect nothing less than a stunning view. The train travels through paddy fields bordered by clusters of coconut trees and coastal peripheries, giving the photography enthusiasts something to look forward to.
THE GOLDEN CHARIOT (BENGALURU-GOA)
The Golden Chariot is a pride of Karnataka. Started by the KSTDC, this luxury train connects popular tourist spots in the state. It has 19 coaches, two restaurants, a lounge bar, conference room, gym and spa. Named after the renowned ‘Stone Chariot’ of Hampi, the Golden Chariot would fascinate you with its architecture and royalty.
ISLAND EXPRESS (KANYAKUMARI-TRIVANDRUM)
The journey is a two-hour one, but the route from the southern tip of India to God’s Own Country is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever behold. The train travels through a dense green expanse pleasant to the eye and offers a view of nature at its pristine best.