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Scenic Train Rides in India


There are many scenic train rides in India. It is not possible to list them all. Hence, we have listed a few as below:-
Konkan Railway Bombay - Goa - Mangalore. Scenic run through the western ghats. Most noticeable feature are the long tunnels. There is one tunnel which is approx. 6 kms long taking 7 minutes to get through. There is a day time train from Bombay - Goa. Times are:
Dep Bombay 0655 Arr Madgaon (Goa) 1845.
Dep Madgaon (Goa) 1030 Arr Bombay 2130. You can also travel on the southern section (i.e. Goa - Cochin) by day. Approx. times are listed below:-
Dep Madgaon (Goa) 0735 Arr Cochin 2355 (Sun, Mon & Tue)
Dep Cochin 1155 Arr Madgaon (Goa) 0320 (daily)
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Newjalpaiguri - Darjeeling. Arguably, the greatest ride in the world. Special 2 foot narrow gauge railway referred to toy train: that goes through towns where school children walk and run side by side; has reversing sections; excellent loops such as Chunbati and Batasia (at Ghoom); beautiful scenery. It climbs from just 500 feet above sea level to 7,407 feet above sealevel at Ghoom.
This has recently been classified as a world heritage site. Did you also know that there is a society called the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society. For details click here. Approx. Times:
Dep Newjalpaiguri 0900 - Arr Darjeeling 1610.
Dep Darjeeling 0915 - Arr Newjalpaiguri 1650.
Note: This train runs subject to local weather and weather related track conditions. Note: Currently the train is only running from Kurseong - Darjeeling. This situation may change.
Ootacamund Rack Railway: Mettupalayam - Ootacamund. Narrow gauge steam run till Coonoor. This railway runs with a central track that engages to prevent downward slides. This railway has tunnels, bridges and excellent tea plantation scenery. Approx. times:
Dep Mettupalayam 0710 Arr Ootacamund 1200. (Daily)
Dep Ootacamund 1500 Arr Mettupalayam 1835. (Daily)
Note: This train runs subject to local weather and weather related track conditions.
Shimla Toy Train: From Kalka - Shimla. Excellent run on the Shiwalik express early morning with breakfast in Barog. Beautiful scenery along the route and the existence of many tunnels en-route (around 100 tunnels on this trip).
Approx. Times:
Dep Kalka 0540 Arr Shimla 1110. (Daily).
Dep Kalka 1210 Arr Shimla 1720. (Daily).
Dep Shimla 1030 Arr Kalka 1605. (Daily).
Dep Shimla 1730 Arr Kalka 2155. (Daily).

Goa - Londa: From Goa - Londa - Goa. Excellent run covering Castle Rock and the Dhudhsagar waterfalls.
Approx. Times:
Dep Goa 0710 Arr Londa 1003. (Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun).
Dep Londa 1040 Arr Goa: 1510. (Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat).

Mumbai - Pune: Several trains throughout the day follow this short 4 hours route from Mumbai - Pune through the western ghats. the most secenic section of which is from Karjat - Lonavla.

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