The 7 Fascinating Mountain Hill-Railways in India

Mountain railways of India are seven narrow or metre gauge railway lines operational around the hill regions of the Himalayas,the Western Ghats and valley of Assam and Kashmir. Top 5 amazing mountain railways in India are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,Nilgiri Mountain Railway,Matheran Hill Railway,Kangra Valley Railway and Kalka–Shimla Railway. The Indian railway is planning to start new lines called new Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh Railway,Srinagar Kargil Leh Railway and Jammu–Poonch railway with highest railway track and highest railway station in the world.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway


The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or Toy Train operated by the Indian Railways in West Bengal and listed as the Mountain Railways of India World Heritage Site. The railway operates between Siliguri and Darjeeling, a major summer hill station in India and home to the highest railway station in India,Ghum railway station.
Route: New Jalpaiguri-Kurseong-Ghoom-Darjeeling

Nilgiri Mountain Railway


The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was inscribed as world heritage mountain railways in India and one of the top 5 amazing toy trains. A single track metre gauge line of 46km  from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam railway station in the Nilgiri hills or the Blue Mountains of Southern India.
Route: Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty

Kalka-Shimla Toy Train


The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a mountainous train route from Kalka to Shimla,known for views of the hills and mountains. The route connect Shimla to Kalka and famous for its scenery,Himalayan Sivalik range,tunnel and views of foothills of the Himalayas.
Route: Kalka-Shimla

Matheran Hill Railways


Matheran Hill Railway line connects Neral town to Matheran hill station in the Western Ghats near Karjat. The narrow gauge heritage railway takes approximately 2 hours to reach Matheran through zig-zags deep valleys and view Points. Route: Neral-Aman Lodge-Matheran

Kangra Valley Railway


The Kangra Valley Railway covers a distance of 163 kilometers between Pathankot and Joginder Nagar and the valley is
known for its natural beauty and scenic view. Kangra valley toy train is one of two mountain railways in Himachal Pradesh and a heritage site.
Route: Pathankot -Palampur-Jogindernagar

Lumding Badarpur Hill Queen

Hill Queen Express is only meter gauge track Jan Shatabdi in India runs between Lumding to Lower Haflong in Assam. Lumding-Haflong-Badarpur Hill Railway route runs through the Borail Hill Range between Lumding and Badarpur.
Route: Lumding–Halflong–Badarpur

Kashmir Railway


The Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway line will connect Kashmir with the rest of the country. The railway route also has worlds tallest railway bridge,Chenab Bridge and one of the India’s longest rail tunnel,Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel.
Route: Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla

Proposed Mountain and Hill Railway Projects

The Bilaspur Mandi Leh railway line is a proposed high-elevation railway track connect Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh. The track will become the highest railway track in the world and Taglangla station will become the highest railway station in the world.

Bilaspur Leh Railway
Jammu Poonch Railway
Srinagar Kargil Leh Railway

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