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Train journeys in north India you should certainly make

One of the world's largest railway networks, the Indian railways, has turned 162-year-old today!

chandigarh Updated: Apr 20, 2015 12:13 IST
Neetika Walter
Neetika Walter
Hindustan Times
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One of the world's largest railway networks, the Indian railways, has turned 162-year-old.

With around 14,300 trains that run everyday, Indian railways covers a distance equal to three and a half times the distance to moon! Not only this, cutting through various landscapes, the railways carry over 13 million passengers & 1.3 million tons of freight everyday.

Truly the railways is the lifeline of our country.

On railways 162nd birth anniversary, we give you a list of train journeys in North India that you should certainly take.

1. Jammu-Udhampur rail link

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With 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges, this rail link offer breathtaking and picturesque view of the rivers and valleys around the Shivalik Mountain Ranges.

2. Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla

One of the challenging rail link, Qazigund-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link was built to connect the Kashmir Valley to the rest of country. This rail link has an 11 km long tunnel, the longest in India that cuts through massive Pir Panjal mountain range. Travelling on this railway link would be a lifetime moment as it picturesque and awe-inspiring view would certainly take your breath away!

3. Pathankot – Kangra-Palampur-Jogindernagar

This railway link starts from Pathankot and ends at Joginder Nagar. As the train moves upward, the journey becomes more scenic. You can view the snow capped Dhauladhar hills from a distance as the train will take curves moving over high bridges and inside tunnels. This track, however, has fewer tunnels as compared to the Shimla-Kalka rail link.

4. Shimla-Kalka rail link

Kalka-Shimla Railway holds record for greatest inclination of over 5816 ft (1772 metres) in its 96 kilometres stretch. This train journey should be on your must-take list as it is UNESCO World Heritage site. The train takes you from picturesque lush-green forests and offers breathtaking view of the Shivalik range. This train built in 1903, passes through 103 tunnels.

5. Anandpur Sahib- Amritsar rail link much awaited Anandpur-Amritsar rail has been recently introduced. The train link will benefit devotees keen to pay obeisance at Takht Keshgarh Sahib and Akal Takht. This train journey will give you an experience of another kind.

So, all those seeking some thrill, just get on the train baby!

First Published: Apr 16, 2015 21:01 IST