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7 Scenic and Luxurious Train Journeys to Take Across India

Discover the breathtaking vistas of our country by embarking on one of these whimsical train journeys—from the uber-luxurious to the quaint and romantic.  

There is something so special about taking a train journey, isn't there? Being cocooned in the comfort of your cabin as you traverse the countryside and take in the scenic beauty around you sounds like an experience unlike any other, and far different from taking a road trip or a flight. If you find that the thought of experiencing such a journey sounds exciting, but don't know quite where to start, allow us to guide you through a list of some of the best trains to take across India.

1. Vasco Da Gama to Londa

This journey from Goa to Karnataka takes you through beach towns, dense forests, waterfalls, mysterious tunnels and lush green fields, taking you through the best of the Konkan Coast and the Western Ghats Mountains. The train also passes by one of India’s tallest waterfalls, Dudhsagar at the border of Goa and Karnataka.

2. The Palace on Wheels

A luxury tourist train that takes you on a 6 night and 7 day trip across Rajasthan, this one features a 24-hour concierge service, high-end dining and even an on-train. While the tariffs can be steep, they promise an experience unlike any other.

3.The Darjeeling Toy Train

A World Heritage Site and India’s oldest mountain railway route, Darjeeling’s famous toy train begins at New Jalpaiguri and takes you on a winding ride traversing tea plantations, steep mountains and dense forests. On clearer days, you can even catch a glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

4. The Maharaja Express

The newest luxury train experience in the country offers 4 different tips: The Indian Panorama that takes you from Delhi to Ranthambore, Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi; The Indian Splendor that travels from Rajasthan to Mumbai; The Heritage of India which traverses Rajasthan and The Treasures of India that takes you from Delhi to Agra, Jaipur and Ranthambore.

5. The Kashmir Valley Railways

The Kashmir Valley Railways is among India’s most special rail journeys. The Jammu – Udhampur route passes through 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges, giving passengers breathtaking views of rivers, valleys, mountains and forests.

6. The Nilgiri Mountain Railways

Built in 1908, this stretch of rail from Mettupalayam to Ooty in Tamil Nadu is said to have the steepest rail track in Asia and offers among the most picturesque views one can imagine.

7. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Modelled after the Palace on Wheels, this luxury tourist train follows a similar route through the scenic sights of Rajasthan.

8. The Simla Toy Train

A UNESCO World Heritage property, this train travels from Kalka to Simla on a meandering, 5-hour journey that takes you over bridges, through tunnels and with views of misty mountains and lush-green vistas.