5 train rides in India that are worth your time and money
Train ride in India: Traveling is fun and can truly be the abode of heaven for travel enthusiasts. It allows you to visit new cities, interact with people, and sample other foods. Amidst the stringent international travel restrictions, what can an Indian do to meet his/her travel needs? Well, traveling domestic is your best bet. Consider taking a train ride instead of going to the beach or traveling up the mountains by car. During the trip, you get a chance to unwind, watch the scenery and spend time with your loved ones. India.com reached out to Shripad Vaidya, CO-Founder, and COO, ConfirmTakt, to inquire about trains that are worthwhile both in terms of time and money.
5 train rides in India that are worth the money and time:
1. Kalka Shimla Toy Train
There are two reasons people visit Shimla- to capture the panoramic view of the mountains and enjoy the toy train ride. Built in 1903, the train is known for its engineering masterpiece, which includes 102 tunnels, 919 stunning curves, and 864 bridges. The journey starts from Kalka, taking you amidst amazing views of waterfalls, lush green forests and rugged mountains. By the time it reaches Shimla, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the city, which holds the title of ‘Queen of Hills’. This ride is so special that it has been listed as a UNESCO site. Generally, five trains cover the distance between Kalka and Shimla- Shivalik Deluxe, Himalayan Queen, Rail Motor, Shimla Kalka Passenger and Shimla Express, with fares starting from Rs.70 onwards.
2. Mandovi Express
Started in 1999, Mandovi Express has been in service for more than 21 years. It is named after the Mandovi River, which is known as the lifeline of Goa. The train runs between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Goa Junction, which is the primary railway station of Goa. The train covers a distance of 581 km with an average travel time of 11 hrs 50 mins and is known for its delicious food which includes a mix of regional cuisines like Gujarati Dabeli, Methi Vada, Soup, Idli-Vada, and more. With the help of comfortable seats, sumptuous hospitality and delicious food, traveling with Mandovi Express promises to provide a pleasant experience to the passengers.
3. Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey
If you want to feel like a true king, then Deccan Odyssey is the way for you. The train has been made to imitate the traditions of different royal eras of Maharashtra. It operates between Delhi and Mumbai with 21 coaches. The entire train is equipped with facilities like internet connectivity and air conditioning to give maximum comfort to the passengers. Other provisions like a well-stocked bar, multi-cuisine menu, conference cart and spa make Deccan Odyssey an unforgettable experience by paying a minimum fare of Rs 5,12,400.
4. Golden Chariot
When people want to travel in style, they ride on the golden chariot. The train covers the regions of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu along with Pondicherry and Goa. Once inside, travelers are greeted with charming hospitality and bombarded with a 360-degree view of the centuries-old tradition. The decoration of the train creates a beautiful atmosphere, which makes the views passing through here even more magical. With a starting price of Rs 53355, travelers get the best of suites, dining experiences, spas and more at their service.
5. Darjeeling Toy Train
Boarding the Darjeeling Toy Train is an opportunity that hardly anyone would want to miss. It is given by UNESCO and of course for the right reason. The train operates between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling with the help of a small steam locomotive. Since most of the components of the train are around 100 years old, it moves at a slow speed, allowing passengers to absorb the surrounding beauty of the hills. The toy train takes you through villages and into local shops where kids shake hands at you, a moment a photographer will cherish forever. By paying a minimum of Rs 1420, you can get the ride of your life and enjoy the view of Batasia Loop covered in the lap of hills.