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Traditional Indian trains that you must travel

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Thursday, 22nd July 2021

The Heritage Railway is more than just a tourist attraction. Not only do they help create a feeling of nostalgia, but they also give us a glimpse into the history of this land. Although most trains have been transformed by traditional railways for safety purposes and technological advancements, they still have old-school charm. In addition, the views on these routes are unmatched.

This is a list of traditional trains that you absolutely must travel.

Kalka-Shimla Railway

This narrow-gauge railway travels between Kalka and Shimla and is famous for its beautiful views of forests and mountainous areas. It was built in 1898 to connect Simla, the summer capital of India, with the rest of the Indian railway system. It is a 2 foot 6 inch (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in northwest India, built by HS Harington. It is now operated by Northern Railway. In 2007, this railway was recognized as heritage and UNESCO added the Kalka-Shimla railway to the mountain railway of India's World Heritage site in 2008.


Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

This train is also called a toy train and it runs between New Jalpaiguri Station and Darjeeling Station. The Darjeeling Himalaya Railway began in the late 19th century, covering 6 winding routes and 5 large loops to reach higher altitudes. In 1999, this route was declared a World Heritage Site, it is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. The train ride setting also has a retro charm. Since this route is one of the most scenic mountain railway lines in the world, taking this train will definitely change your view of train travel.


Also Read: Unknown facts about Jaisalmer Fort.


Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is located in Tamil Nadu and was built in 1908 by the British. This route from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam (Ooty) takes approximately 4.8 hours to complete. In most cases, there is only one train per trip on this route; however, during the peak summer period, there are four trains running one way each day. In July 2005, UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site and it is now operated by the Salem Department of Railways.


Matheran Hill Railway

This train is included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, but riding this train will be one of the best trips of all time; Remember our words!

This narrow-gauge train runs between Neral and Matheran in Maharashtra. The interesting thing to note here is that it winds its way along the famous Western Ghats, so as far as scenery is concerned, you can hitchhike. In addition, this 21 km long route has been in operation since 1907. The train departs from Nelar, then climbs Marseland Hill through two large twists and turns, then completes the 140-hour journey.


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