Have you ever heard or read the quote, “It’s the journey that matters, not the destination”? We would like to think otherwise. Because when you travel by train, especially in India, the journey and the destination both are equally important. We not only have some of the world’s most scenic train routes but also some of the most beautiful railway stations in India.
Indian Railways is the lifeline of millions of Indians. Being one of the world’s largest and busiest railway networks in the world, we have thousands of railway stations spread across the length and breadth of the country. These railway stations not only help us plan our India tour and enjoy our India tour packages but also keep on stunning us with their beautiful surroundings or by the mastery with which they were built. Railway stations in India have been designed to define the character of the city or region they are built in, and instantly give us an idea of how beautiful our trip would be.
So, let’s feast our eyes on some of the most beautiful railway stations in India, which are simply spellbinding.
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)
Functioning since 1888, India’s most photographed railway station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is sure to top our list of the most beautiful railway stations in India. Built in the Indo-Saracen style and designed by Fredrick Stevens and Axel Haig, CSMT is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Earlier known as the Victoria Terminus, this one of the busiest railway stations in India is the headquarters of the Central Railways and is also one of the most iconic landmarks of Mumbai. You can visit the CSMT Heritage Museum between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM on weekdays and learn about the history of Indian Railways within the heritage building of the railway station.
2. Cuttack Railway Station (CTC)
Opened in 1896, Cuttack Railway Station was inspired by the prominent 14th century Barabati Fort of the Kalinga Period. A class-A railway station in the East Coast Railways division of the Indian Railways, Cuttack Railway Station is among the top 100 railway stations in India in terms of daily booking which welcomes over 10,000 passengers daily.
3. Jaisalmer Railway Station (JSM)
Located in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer Railway Station looks like a royal palace made of gold. It aesthetically fits into the surrounding exotic geographic features of sand dunes and also reflects the beauty of the ancient city of Jaisalmer. Undoubtedly one of the most lavish and beautiful railway stations in India, the Jaisalmer Railway Station is a great place to start your Jaisalmer sightseeing. A part of the North Western Railways division, Jaisalmer Railway Station hosts several luxurious trains like Palace on Wheels, Ranikhet Express, Corbett Park Link Express, Malani Express, and so on. Don’t forget to check it out while enjoying your Rajasthan tour package.
4. Dudh Sagar Waterfalls Railway Station (DWF)
Does having a waterfall nearby a railway station qualify it to be on our list of the most beautiful railway stations in India? Yes, indeed! Dudh Sagar Railway Station is located close to the picturesque and grand Dudh Sagar Waterfalls which we have all seen and admired in the SRK and Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express. Located amidst lush green hills this one-platform railway station is one of the only 3 railway stations in Braganza Ghat that you can marvel at while on your way to enjoy your Goa tour packages.
5. Ghum Railway Station (GHUM)
Located at a height of 2,258 meters above sea level, the Ghum Railway Station in West Bengal is the highest railway station in India. Opened in 1881, the Ghum Railway Station, nestled among the scenic landscape in the shadow of the Himalayas, is also one of the smallest railway stations in India. During your Darjeeling holiday, take a walk to the Ghum Monastery or ride in the iconic Darjeeling Toy Train and be mesmerized by the scenic route that leads to one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.
6. Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station (LKO)
One of the few railway stations in India with a big landscape garden, the Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station was designed by J.H. Horniman, with elements of Mughal, Awadhi and Rajput architecture, giving it a unique character of its own. Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station is also one of the oldest railway stations in India and holds great historic importance in the history of railways as well as our freedom struggle.
7. Old Delhi Railway Station (DLI)
Located in the iconic Chandni Chowk area of Delhi, the Old Delhi Railway Station definitely deserves a special spot in our list of the most beautiful railway stations in India. The architecture of this railway station was inspired by the Red Fort and it is one of the busiest and most important railway stations in the national capital. Being close to the Red Fort, it is an important gateway for tourists planning to visit the ancient city of Delhi to enjoy their Delhi tour packages.
8. Srinagar Railway Station (SINA)
It is impossible to talk about beautiful places be it the scenic lakes or beautiful railway stations in India and not talk about Kashmir – our very own heaven on earth! Located deep within the snowy region of Kashmir valley and built using wood in the traditional Kashmiri architecture, it is one of the most unique railway stations in India. It completely complements the local surroundings and is a great place to start your Jammu and Kashmir tour packages on the right note.
9. Madhubani Railway Station (MBI)
Unlike any other railway station in this list, the Madhubani Railway Station in Bihar is the only railway station in India that can boast of being a live art gallery. With local artists decorating the walls of the station like a canvas and creating the world renowned Madhubani Paintings – Bihari folk art, the Madhubani Railway Station is sure to leave a long lasting impression on your mind. No wonder this simple yet colourful building secured a place in our list of beautiful railway stations in India.
10. Egmore Railway Station
Previously a fort that used to store ammunition for the British forces, the Egmore Railway Station in Chennai is a prominent landmark. Built in the Gothic style of architecture, it is one of the two main railway terminals in Chennai, the other being Chennai Central. Also known as Madras Egmore, this railway station is colored in red and white with pink accents and detailing which is a treat to the eyes and justifies why it is considered to be one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.
11. Kanpur Central Railway Station
One of the most beautiful railway stations in India in the northern region, Kanpur Central Railway Station is an architectural marvel of its time built in the neoclassical style. It has several domes and pillars that will transport you to colonial times when the architecture of public places had a larger-than-life character. Kanpur Central was also the inspiration behind the Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station.
Be it the natural beauty in and around them or the way they are designed and constructed these railway stations have their very own style, which adds to their charm.
No matter which part of the country you are in, we bet you would come across some of these beautiful railway stations. And we assure you; these railway stations would uplift your mood and keep you captivated with their breathtaking beauty.
Whenever you get a chance to travel by train, make sure to give a second look at the railway station you are arriving at or leaving from, and we are sure you will be left stunned admiring the beauty and uniqueness of the railway station.
That’s the beauty of traveling in India! You not only get to marvel at the natural scenic beauty all the way but also at the wonderful man made stations at the commencement or the conclusion of your journey. And what’s more amazing is that with the Indian Railways you can also get a chance to earn up to Rs.80,000 per month!
As a principal agent of IRCTC, Akbar Travels is specially authorized to appoint IRCTC agents all over India. These IRCTC agents not only book train tickets or IRCTC tourism packages but also provide a plethora of travel related services to their customers. These services include booking bus and flight tickets, reserving hotel rooms, processing visas, issuing travel insurance, etc. Apart from these the IRCTC agents also offer complimentary services like money transfers, online bill payments, DTH and mobile recharge, etc., and earn handsome commissions.
What’s more? When you become an IRCTC agent with Akbar Travels, you get the brand recognition, special training, and round the clock support that comes along with being a part of the “Akbar family”. You also get access to our exclusive travel portal wherein you can provide all the above-mentioned services and much more, all in one place!
With the flexibility of working any time and that too from anywhere, this is a perfect opportunity for you to be your own boss! So, don’t let this opportunity escape, and grab it before it’s too late!
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