Bangalore: World's fourth largest railway network, Indian Railways is an example in itself for its exemplary service to a country of over a billion people coming from vivid backgrounds and ethnicities. With a total track of 114, 500 Km spread over a route of 65000 Km and carrying a total of 30 million people and 2.8 million tons of freight daily, Indian Railways is truly the lifeline of India and has intrigued world-renowned personalities in the like of Wes Anderson, Danny Boyle and many more.
The whistle of the engine passing by, the memorable train journeys in childhood, the weird snack vendors, the chaos and the jostle at the railway station ; they all bring back memories from the past that have been long etched in the back of our minds.
So, here we present you a list of 10 best train journeys in Indian Railways on some of the most beautiful routes that will leave you spellbound. Take a look:
10. Goa Express:
Route: Vasco-da-Gama (Goa) to Londa (Karnataka)
Journey Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Travelling in this train on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, you can witness the beauty of the Goa beaches as the train edges past some of the most beautiful sand beaches packed with families, landscapes where you can notice smoke coming out of the chimneys of homes preparing early meal. Bright pink blossoms hang so low that you can actually touch them with your hands as the train incises into the heart of Goa's villages. The train speeds up at it approaches the Western Ghats, scuttling in the thick jungles and embracing the curves of the mountains. Make sure you don't miss the magnificent views of the waterfalls in the landscape that increases as the tress thin and the view turns into deep valleys. You will reach Londa as the sun would be setting down giving the sight a striking orange glow.