Trains are the lifelines of India tourism. Sharing some awesome train journeys we have been on in India.
Journey from Srinagar to Anantnag in Kashmir
We first had a look at these coaches on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. At Patnitop, a bevvy of cars was stuck in a bad traffic jam. A little ahead, we caught up with the culprit. A trailer truck was transporting some train coaches to Srinagar!
In the summer, you pass through lush green paddy fields surrounded by poplar trees. It is a very different image of Kashmir than one of the snow-capped mountains and undulating meadows. We were introduced to the real world scenes of rural Kashmir, where most people are farmers.
Journey through barren landscapes to Jaipur, Rajasthan
On this journey, we were within the cool confines of the Mumbai-Jaipur Duronto, oblivious to the dry scorching heat of the desert-like landscapes outside.
Train rides in Kerala
When God’s Own Country is your tagline -well, that says it all. We don’t ever mind if the train has to make an unscheduled stop. Every scene in Kerala is like it’s come out of a postcard.
This was on the way to Trivandrum.
Konkan railway train journeys in Maharashtra
In Maharashtra, where the Konkan Railway route begins, the train initially passes through densely populated villages. The further we go away from Mumbai, the villages become smaller, and more apart. Farmlands increase. We caught this sunset towards the end of our Konkan Railway journey.
Journey outside the train engine to the Dudhsagar waterfalls
The most memorable train journey though is our ride to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. We had taken the passenger train from Madgaon to Kulem. After which the local guys “helped” us get on a goods train.
Actually – not the train, but the engine of the train. We stood outside the engine, holding on to the railings. The Braganza ghat (connecting Goa and Karnataka) had come alive in the monsoon. The air was fresh – and green. The wind was in our face. And the Dudhsagar waterfalls were right in front of us!
Train journeys in India .are the lifeline of India Tourism