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Mountain Railways of India

A Quick Peep in A few Mountain Railways of India

Traveling has always been a treat for people who love to go on tours and journeys. Talking about modes of transportation, trains have always been relished by everyone. It is apparently because of their ease and the inexpensiveness.  The good part is that Indian Railways connect maximum possible parts of this country and cater the convenience to its lakhs of passengers who travel every day.

You might have travelled the usual metro cities; small towns and villages by train, right? What about the mountain areas? Well, of course, passengers know train times, names and everything about the trains they use for travelling. But here you are going to know about some mountain railways of India.

Ooty 2,210 m: 7,251 ft – Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Ooty or Queen of Hill Stations is the most famed hill station in India. It is located in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Nilgiri Mountain Railway line runs between the places called Mettupalayam or Coimbatore to Ooty and caters most gorgeous view of nature and encompasses a distance of forty six kilometres. It might leave you excited that Hindi song Chaiyya-Chaiyya from film Dil Se was shot on roof top of Nilgiri Mountain Railway or NMR.  The entire route is absolutely beautiful!

Ghum 2,257 m: 7,405 ft:  Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Ghum is located on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway line and the toy train runs between the places named Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal. This narrow gauge railway line and the toy train are mentioned as World Heritage Site. It might also interest you that Ghum station is recognized as India’s highest railway station at a height of 2,257 metres.

Ahju 1,291 m: 4,236 ft – Kangra Valley Railway

Ahju station is situated at a height of 1,210 meters (3,970 ft) in Kangra Valley Railway route. The Valley Railway line lies between Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas and sub-Himalayan zone and runs from Pathankot to Jogindernagar and covers a distance of 164 kilometres.

Shimla 2,086 m: 6,844 ft – Kalka Shimla Railway

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh surrounded by splendid valleys of Kullu and Mandi is also popular for its Kalka–Shimla Railway; it is a narrow gauge railway line from Kalka to Shimla.  Kalka–Shimla Railway caters breath-taking views of hills and surrounding villages situated on slopes of the Himalayas and encompasses a distance of 96 km. This Kalka-Shimla railway route possesses eight hundred six bridges, one hundred three tunnels, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, mountain railways of India. The entire route and track is enveloped with beautiful sites and landscapes.

Joginder Nagar 1,189 m: 3,901 ft Kangra Valley Railway

Jogindernagar railway station is situated in Himachal Pradesh, and it is the last station of the Kangra Valley Railway route.  This Valley Railway runs from Pathankot to Jogindernagar, and it is one of two mountain railways that run in the area of Himachal Pradesh and covers a distance of 164 kilometres.

So, while you have explored and experienced different railway journeys; this time go for some mountain railway experiences. These railway experiences will fill you with utmost merriment and freshens.

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