Make the journey an adventure on the mountain railways of India.

The Mountain Railways of India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made up of three historic railways – the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nigiri Mountain Railway, and the Kalka-Shimla Railway.

National Geographic Travel calls them the holy trinity for train aficionados because they are more than just relics of British colonization, all three remains fully operational.

Often called the “toy train” because of its small size, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened in 1881. It has a serpentine track that takes you to a series of switchbacks, hairpin turns, and bridges.

The Nigiri Mountain Railway spans 29 miles though the mountains of the Tail Nadu state. This steam-driven line climbs through jungles until you reach the final station in Udhagamandalam.

Meanwhile, the Kalka-Shimla Railway line takes passengers through 102 tunnels and across 864 bridges.

As you take these railway lines, you’ll pass by interesting places worthy of stop overs. Give in to your curiosity. It’s part of the adventure!

Ride the Stunning Mountain Railways of India

Serpentine tracks, arched bridges, and hairpin turns await you on this journey through India.

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Thursday, 19 July 2018



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