India is a land of many wonders such as heritage sites, historical monuments, beautiful landscapes, and breathtaking nature. The country also boasts a highly varied and diversified culture. Besides these, India is home to the 4th largest railway network in the world.
The railway network features several railway stations with such stunning surrounding ambience, that you will feel compelled to whip out your phone and snap some gorgeous pictures. Posting portraits of these exotic railway stations on your social media handle is guaranteed to fetch you numerous likes and engagement.
There are so many beautiful railway stations that it is hard to decide which ones to pick out and which ones are the best.
Haflong Railway Station, Assam
Haflong is well-known for its beautiful valleys, hills, and picturesque landscapes and has often been referred to as a “White Ant Hillock”. Popular among nature enthusiasts and campers, it is located at an altitude of 680 meters above sea level and is an ideal destination for peaceful getaways.
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Given the designation of “Greenest Railway Sation” by Indian Railways, the Halflong railway Station connects Haflong, with Silchar Guwahati. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the lush green hills of the region, the eye-catching train stop is definitely a breath of fresh air.
Moreover, the station is recognized for its adherence to sustainable environmental practices. These include the promotion of energy efficiency, utilizing renewable energy sources, and the implementation of efficient solid waste management protocols.
Trains Plying To Haflong
- 15615 | GHY SCL EXPRESS - Guwahati (GHY) To Haflong (NHLG)
- 15611 | GHY SCL EXPRESS - Guwahati (GHY) To Haflong (NHLG)
Shimla Railway Station, Himachal Pradesh
While talking about exciting destinations in India, it is impossible to leave out Shimla. It is without a doubt one of the most popular hill stations in the country. Shimla also has the distinction of having the biggest ice skating rink in South Asia.
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Among the many other beautiful gems of the hill station is its railway station, which is reputed to be one of the greenest in India. The surrounding areas are covered in lush green forests and majestic Himalayan foothills.
As the station is located in such a pristine setting, its administrators have taken great care at upholding an eco-friendly ethos. To this end, solar panels have been installed to cater to a significant portion of the station's energy requirements.
Additionally, the management has also undertaken several other eco-friendly measures such as planting trees and adopting effective waste management and recycling.
Trains Plying to Shimla
- 52453 | KLK SML EXP - Kalka (KLK) To Shimla (SML)
Kathgodam Railway Station, Uttarakhand
Nestled among the beautiful Kumaon Himalayan Foothills of Uttarakhand, is a quiet little suburb of Halwani City known as Kathgodam. The town is an entry point for Uttarakhand’s many renowned hill stations like Nainital, Sattal, and Ranikhet.
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The Kathgodam Railway Station offers an incredible ambience. Among these, you will see the Shivalik foothills in the station's immediate vicinity, giving it a particularly verdant atmosphere.
The pleasant climate that is a year-round feature of the region further accentuates the lush green ambience leaving one completely mesmerised. Furthermore, the station usually does not have bustling crowds and is characterized by a very relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.
Trains Plying to Kathgodam
- 12040 | KGM SHTBDI EXP - Delhi (NDLS) To Kathgodam (KGM)
Dudhsagar Railway Station, Goa
Dudhsagar Railway Station is renowned as a popular picturesque location. Situated at the border between Goa and Karnataka, the station offers visitors an exquisite view of the Braganza Ghats.
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The station is also surrounded by incredible natural beauty along with some man-made greenery as well. As you approach the station, you will be welcome by a spectacular glimpse of the majestic Dudhsagar Falls. The waterfall was in one of the iconic scenes of the hit Bollywood film Chennai Express.
Not far from the train stop, you will be able to walk among Goa’s inhabitants of the wilderness at the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Tourists can also visit the Mahadev Temple whose lush garden enhances the spiritual bliss of devotees.
Barog Railway Station, Himachal Pradesh
Barog Railway Station is part of the Kalka-Shimla railway line. It is situated at an altitude of 1,531 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the gorgeous, green forested hills of Himachal Pradesh. The ambience in and around it is idyllic and calm and it is seldom ever crowded.
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The area inside the station premises is equally beautiful and hardly feels like a railway station. Rather whether you are alighting at the station from your train or entering the station from the town, you will feel that you are still in the lap of nature.
The station premises itself is a garden filled with many beautiful plants and trees. What’s more the Kalka-Shimla railway line on which it lies also features the world's straightest railway tunnel- Tunnel 33.
A Journey Across Never-ending Beauty
Irrespective of the part of the country you are in, you are likely to have come across the aforementioned names before, especially if you are a regular train traveller. For those who are not, this review would have certainly been very informative.
And even those who have travelled from, to, or through the aforementioned stations are now likely to take special notice the next time you pass through any of them. All travellers will likely experience an upliftment in their spirits when taking in the spectacular beauty surrounding stations
With such diversity of scenic beauty, each of the stations has its unique charm. That’s one of the best parts of train travel in India - the chance to marvel at both natural beauties as well as man-made ingenuity!