10 Unique Places to Visit in India by Train

One of today's themes is rail travel. Are you're looking for that epic, bucket-list train trip to the middle of nowhere or simply love the fact that riding on the train is the most exotic joyride you can experience in India. Gift yourself a royal experience in the land of royals. A little expensive but luxury train travel is definitely a great way to explore India.

Though there are options on the luxury train travel, trains offers you a cherishable eight-day heritage tour of India. Traverse your way through North India in a luxury train and get to visit the Taj Mahal and grand palaces in Rajasthan.

India is a place of unforgettable and amazing destinations. Its spellbinding natural beauty offers rich monuments of flora and fauna. All the tourist across the globe visit India for its romantic travel destinations, adventurous and thrilling destinations with luxury.

If you have not visited India yet, chances are that your life is going to change for the better after the trip. You will see people with nothing with a big smile on their face, religious leaders encouraging people to improve themselves, and very well-mannered school kids with perfect English.

India is full of the unexpected, but there are some places every traveler should experience. Travel in one of the top luxury trains in the world.

Below you will find few of them.

1. Lumding – Haflong, Assam

This rail route is in Assam and is one of the newer rail routes of India and is carved on the side of the Barak Valley in Assam and can be better experienced when travelling in Kanchanjunga Express which covers the entire section in day time. It is like a hidden paradise with each turn bringing something unexpected.

2. Nilambur – Shoranur, Kerala

It is a non electrified single lane railway in Kerala which run through thick vegetation very close to the track and connects twelve tiny stations. Rail and nature lies intertwined throughout this beautiful route. Stations are all green and really clean where these stations itself are tourist spots. Spending time walking and hanging around these stations are favorite activities among tourists.

Trains are less crowded which makes the journey peaceful. Vazhalikkavu is nothing short of a wonder located in between the green paddy fields, river Nila and a forest. An evergreen location which could bring peace and serenity to the eyes. The temple is located 10 km away from Shornur railway station in Painkulam village.

3. Ajodhya Hills, West Bengal

Ajodhya Pahar is a small hill station located in the Purulia district. Ajodhya Pahar is a part of Eastern Ghats of India. The most popular town is Bagmundi. Ajodhya Pahar is popular among youngsters to learn rock climbing. Pakhi Pahar is most popular among tourists during winter. There are many natural trekking trails to enjoy during the rains.

You can visit Ajodhya Pahar is many ways. You can travel from Kolkata by train up to the Purulia Station. You can also visit by road.

4. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra is a place that holds the symbol of eternal love -The Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal - a place that is a former member of the seven wonders of the world, is an insignia of eternal love. The home of the Taj Mahal, Agra in north India is the most visited place in India. It is quite cold in the winter months.

A great time to enjoy winter weather around a city covered by a misty fog blanket in the early mornings, followed by cool, sunny mornings, chilly afternoons and cozy nights by the bonfire.

This is one of the best times to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal, as the entire city celebrates their special celebration of the Taj Mahotsav. Dotted with several historical monuments the city is a mix of the old and new and has a unique blend of cultures.

Agra is a place of historical importance. It treasures some of the oldest monuments and heritage sites like Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, etc. Agra is located at the bank of river Yamuna and preserved the rich culture left by the Mughals.

The roads of Agra are always full of people and its shopping district is the busiest place among all. Agra has some of the most appetizing cuisines and some of the dishes are still maintain if their original form this the Mughal empire.

5. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

To begin with, Lucknow is a big, stifling capital of Uttar Pradesh. The arts, painting, music and dance, flourished under the generous patronage of the last Nawabs of Awadh. Take your time to visit the monuments, especially the Bara Imambara with its three-dimensional labyrinth known as Bhul bhulaiya, Chota imambara, Kaiserbagh palace, the Chattar manzil and the Residency.

The buildings of the three sides of the quadrangle Qaisarbagh once provided rooms for the ladies of the harem of Wajid Ali Shah, the last ruler of the Awadh kingdom. In the center rises the white Baradari, a large white stone building that was previously paved with silver. This historic palace is considered one of the beautiful royal buildings of India.

6. Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Bihar is rich with culture and historic places to visit. There is a small city in there that you must explore. For all Buddhist and spiritual people, Bodh Gaya is a must place to visit. A solo trip here will help you immerse yourself in the calm and serene environment of Bodh Gaya. It is the place where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment. Thus a lot of people come here to meditate, or research or in search of peace.

Dungeshwari Cave which is also known as Mahakala Cave is near Bodhgaya and Buddha spent 6 years meditating in this cave and that is the reason Fasting Buddha is depicted here with a weak and frail body.

There are hotels and Government apartments and bungalows where you can stay here. Reaching Gaya is easy through rail, road, and air and then you can go the monasteries. The best time to come here is between November and March. If you want to listen to the holy man Dalai Lama, plan a trip either in December or January.

Sasaram is a very beautiful place with tomb of renowned Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri that is located in the center of a big artificial lake. The tomb is famous among tourists from all around the globe.

7. Ranchi, Jharkhand

Tagore Hill is one of the favorite tourist attractions in Ranchi. The Ranchi hill attracts visitors to have a panoramic view of the place. At the base of Ranchi Hill there is a lake, which is known as Ranchi Lake. This lake has increased the beauty of the place. The Ranchi hill in Ranchi can be easily accessed from all corners of the city.

The place is also considered as one of the privileged places for hiking and rock climbing. For this reason, many adventure lovers are also attracted to Ranchi Hill.

8. Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra

The valley of flowers, as most people of Maharashtra call it is situated in Satara. Not many know that it is certified as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site for its endemic flowering plants. In the month of August, Kaas Plateau is a feast for the eyes, as the entire plateau is covered with a varied range of flowers.

Although the flowering season lasts only for two odd months at the Kaas Plateau, its beauty remains long afterwards. As the sun flows through the clouds gently caressing the rain, the sight of thousands of delicate colored flowers soothes the senses in a way that only nature can.

Situated in a hilltop alongside Krishna river, Jor is indeed a quaint place far away from the crowd and nestled quietly in Shayadri mountain ranges. What makes this place different is that it's still undiscovered by many and hence the silence speaks here more than the people. Chirping of birds, the quiet river flowing in magnificence and the army of mountains surrounding it gives a soothing touch.

9. Raipur, Chhattisgarh

As the capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is the most famous city here in the state. It has many fabulous places that make it special in the country also. You can find here many historical, religious and natural places.

10. Ludhiana, Punjab

Ludhiana is another traditional Punjabi city near Chandigarh, famous for its woolen clothes and cotton t-shirts. The month of February hosts the infamous Mach Auto EXPO, which takes place at the Glada Ground. Automotive enthusiasts from around the world come to this expo which is the largest one in India.

The latest in engineering machinery, automotive tools and parts, hand tools and machine tools and much more are exhibited at this event. During one of the largest business conferences in India, this is also the ideal time to enjoy the traditional city and culture of Punjab during the month of February.

If you have already booked your tickets and want to check the train status you may do so through NTES site.
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  • Max Coutinho
    Max Coutinho April 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Hey Kalyan!

    It is nice to see you back, man! :D

    You were missed. Welcome back.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Delirious
    Delirious April 30, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Thank you for visiting my blog!
    I so much agree with you about train rides. There is a kind of romance to it. I've been wanting to take a train ride for some time now. I think the scenery is what makes it so pleasant.

  • Mridula
    Mridula May 1, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Great narration. But these days so many times I consider a flight just to cut those two days off from my leave :(

  • My Unfinished Life
    My Unfinished Life May 1, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    hey kalyan..i found you again!!!!!

    great narration....i agree travelling by train has a charm of its own.....

  • Neeraj
    Neeraj May 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Excellent article!
    Indeed there is a certain romance of train travel.
    No other mode of transportation allows strangers to connect in a way that train travel does.

  • momof2
    momof2 May 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Beautifully worded. I haven't been on a real train ride since I was a child.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  • Pixel Peeper
    Pixel Peeper May 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Kalyan - so true! I used to ride the train to school daily; by no means a long, exciting trip as you so eloquently describe, but I still have fond memories of these daily commutes.

  • Windsmoke.
    Windsmoke. May 1, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Sounds like you had a fantastic adventure traveling by train seeing the country side from a different angle. Just wandered over to say thank you for your comment on my humble blog it's much appreciated and i hope to hear from you in the future :-).

  • ~*. D E E P A  .* ~
    ~*. D E E P A .* ~ May 2, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    so so so true !
    i started travelling by buses in between, now am back to train journeys !

    EBENEZER ADOKWEI May 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    I agree, traveling by train is quite unique, faster and less traffic..lol.
    Nice post.Keep the good work going.Meanwhile plz do pass by my blogs page read,follow and comment to aid me improve my works too.Thank you.Lovely day.

  • Rajesh
    Rajesh May 2, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Traveling by train is a wonderful experience. Only question is time.

  • Bhargavi
    Bhargavi May 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Train journeys are charming.I always jump with joy when I have to take a train somewhere!

  • Arti
    Arti May 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Excellent article! And I so agree, train travel experience is like nothing else!

  • Aditi joshi
    Aditi joshi May 10, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    @ Kalyan

    Superb Article... Loved it
    Thanks for visiting my blog.


  • Bani
    Bani November 23, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Quite like the title! train journeys are indeed romantic! there's this simple beauty in gazing at the change of tracks to the view outside! absolutely love endless/long train journeys! =)

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