Even after so many decades and expanded social services at the railways, there is still something mysterious and captivating about certain railway stations of West Bengal. Surprisingly, there are 172 railway stations in West Bengal. Trains have become a very important part of people travelling across the state. Certainly, some railway stations look different from others. Why? The history and stories behind their establishment are the major contributors because of which they are placed on this list. Let’s find out the facts behind 6 unique and mysterious stations in West Bengal:
Raina Nagar Railway Station
What would you do if you land in a place where there’s no station name on the signboard? Eerie, isn’t it?
It is different from the other Indian Railway stations. Situated in West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district, this station was built in 2008. The official records suggest its name as Rainanagar railway station. Then, why still nameless? Here’s the story! Initially, Rainagar was the name of this station. But some villagers argued about the name and wanted it to be based on that land, Raina. Finally, it was left nameless due to the prolonged clashes that occurred between the villagers .
Begunkodor Railway Station
This station was created in the 1960s in Purulia district of West Bengal. It was in 1967 that its station master saw a ghost while wandering nearby. After the incidence, his whole family got killed in their quarter. Terrified people and staff members stopped visiting the station after sunset. As a result, it got closed. It reopened in 2009 by Ms. Mamata Banerjee (the then Railway Minister). Today, five trains stop at this railway station but people are still scared to pass through this station. If you like thrilling experiences, head for this station! Just remember that it's hard to find people till a long distance. All one can see is wide stretches of rice fields.
Ghum Railway Station
Did you know about India’s highest railway station? If not, you get to know about it now. It is one of the most beautiful stations in the world situated on the hills of Darjeeling. Located at the height of 2,257 m, it is the 14th highest railway station in the world. It is both cool and pretty and surrounded by charming and amazing scenic beauty of nature.
Howrah Railway Station
The most notable thing about this station is that it has India’s maximum number of platforms. Yes, there are 23 platforms at Howrah Railway Station distributed under two complexes. One more interesting fact highlights that it connects over 1273 stations of India. Amazing, isn’t it? This massively structured railway station manages 600 passengers each day. Start your actual journey and experience of Kolkata after deboarding this old railway station!
Kharagpur Railway Station
This one is a popular station that started in 1898. The Kharagpur station connects West Bengal to the states of South India. It was the longest railway platform in the world till 2013. But it soon lost this recognition after the remodelling of the Gorakhpur railway station. The Kharagpur station is 1,072.5 m long and occupies the third position in the list of longest railway platforms in the world. Furthermore, Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Kollam (Kerala) hold the top two ranks in the list.
Belur Math and Dakshineswar Railway Station
Both these stations have entrances exactly replicated from the temples with the same names. Yes, Belur Math and the Dakshineswar Kali are religious spots located at some distance away from Kolkata. There’s a very short distance between the stations and their respective temples. From the ticket windows to the premises of the stations, it shows the miniature forms of the temples which is quite interesting.
Hope this list has already spiked your interest in travelling to West Bengal. And, there is no better and easier way to make your bookings other than the Trainman app. Besides, booking your tickets, you can also search for other trains, find train running status, and much more. So, don’t wait and get ready for a thrilling journey ahead!