1. The Western Ghat Saunter (Karjat – Lonavala)
The Western Ghats are rich in biodiversity, and during the monsoons this journey gets even more magical.The greenery looks refreshed with numerous streams and cascading waterfalls. The train passes throughthe village settlements of Thakurwadi before hiking up Monkey Hill, then crossing Khandala andreaching Lonavala.
3.Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Mettupalayam – Udhagamandalam)
Running for over 110 years, this is a train journey you should definitely have on your bucket list. Goingthrough rocky terrain and meandering its way through tea plantations, the steam locomotive covers 46 kmto Ooty in four and a half hours
4. The Goa Experience (Vasco Da Gama – Londa)
Vasco da Gama takes you from the serene beaches to the precarious curves of theWestern Ghat Mountains offering a breathtaking sight of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, one of India’s highestand most exquisite falls.
5. The Konkan Railway (Ratnagiri – Mangalore)
The magnificent Sahyadris join in to make this one of the most sought after journeys for any railwayenthusiast in India. The Konkan Railway is also an example of the expertise of the engineers of thiscountry, who constructed this marvel battling against a hostile loose terrain with frequent landslidetendencies.
6. The Kangra Valley Odyssey (Pathankot – Jogindernagar)
Starting from Pathankot in Punjab, the train covers 164 kms to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh,meandering through numerous passes and rivers of the Kangra valley. It is a laid back option for travelingacross the Kangra valley. Yet the views it offers compensate for the speed
7. The Kashmir Railway (Jammu – Udhampur)
The extremes of winter and summer along with the unfavorable terrain make this route one of the mostthrilling of all Indian train rides. This route has 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges which offer astoundingviews of the rivers and valleys around the beautiful Shivalik Mountain Ranges
8. The Chilka Route (Bhubaneshwar – Brahmapur)
The train route runs between the Eastern Ghats and the Chilka Lake providing all the stunning views of Orissa. The Chilka lagoon is a sight for migratory birds and is a perfect place for birdwatchers
9. The Desert Queen (Jodhpur – Jaisalmer)
If you thought a desert route from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer would be dull, you couldn’t be more wrong. Thesight of painted mud huts and numerous camel grazing is just so typically Rajasthani and magical.Witnessing a sunrise or sunset from the train is pure delight to the senses.
10. The Matheran Hill Railway (Neral – Matheran)
The only heritage railway in Maharashtra, Matheran still is a favourite among locals and visitors. Thisnarrow gauge rail line was built by Akbar Peerbhoy between 1901 and 1907. It runs through large patchesof forest and covers a total distance of 20 km
11. The Island Express (Kanyakumari – Trivandrum)
A short train journey, but one packed with visual delights, this journey takes you through tightly packedcoconut trees, and past coastal architecture. This train ride is through South India’s most picturesquelocations.
12. The Mandovi Express (Mumbai – Goa)
The train that connects you to both these lovely places is one that gives an equally stunning view of whatis sandwiched in between the Sahyadari hills and the Arabian Sea. Rumbling through 92 tunnels and 2000 bridges
13. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Siliguri – Darjeeling)
Running from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, the journey takes you as close as possible to the tea pickers with baskets strapped on their heads and the smell of tea leaves that wafts in the air. An interesting thing tonote about this train is that it runs on the metre gauge and is also a UNESCO world heritage site since1999.
14. The Himalayan Queen (Kalka – Shimla)
The heritage railway between Kalka and Shimla features in the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the steepest rise in altitude in the space of 96 km. It passes through 102 tunnels and 864 bridges,flanked by the picturesque Shivalik Mountains on both sides. The fresh air, and the whizzing views of oak, pine and maple trees are just some things that make this journey awesome
15. Shindavane and Ambale (Pune-Satara)
The railway cuts deep through the barren and lofty Sahyadri mountains and passes through loose rocks onall sides. This lies in the Pune-Satara section of the Central Railways