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Love At First Sight
All over the world, hills have a beauty that attract tourists again and again. The serenity and the beauty fills one's heart with joy and admiration. In India too, hill stations draw countless tourists every year. They come here to relieve their stress and gain a new freshness. Opportunity to enjoy adventure activities also bring them to these hill stations.

A number of these hill stations are located in the Himalayan ranges. The mighty Himalayas are an apt crown for India. The glory of the Himalayan range is unmatched and can best be appreciated by seeing them with one's own eyes. The beauty of other mountain ranges of India too is awesome. To travel to destinations situated in these mountains of the country is like a beautiful dream. To make these dreams come true, the Indian Railways have made some awesome contribution. The Railways have brought the mountain range closer to us by means of mountain railways.

The five rail networks - the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kangra valley Railway, the Kalka Shimla Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the Matheran Light Railway - were designed and constructed mainly in the last quarter of the previous century and the first quarter of this century. Besides serving their basic purpose, they are also a treat for the passengers as they pass through a very beautiful terrain. These railways are also wonderful examples of excellence in engineering achieved by the masters of the craft at a time when skills in this field were rather primitive.

For your vacation to India this year, board any of the below mentioned hill trains. The visual treat on way and the experience of being on hill train will leave a lasting impression on you.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
It was a crisp winter night in the year 1878. A glorious fire crackled on one side of the hall. The polished parquet floor of the planters club at Tindharia resonated with choreographed footsteps. The Sahibs (Gentlemen) and Memsahibs (Ladies) were attired in their best tails, frills and feather hats...

Kangra Valley Railway
No one could have thought of making a finer selection of territory for building a new mountain railway in India than the Kangra valley. Few places can match this scenic region in the sub-Himalayas...

Kalka Shimla Railway
The idea of a railway line to Shimla dates back to the introduction of railways in India. In the Delhi gazette, a correspondent in November 1847 sketched the route of a railway to Shimla with estimates of the traffic returns etc. in appropriate style...

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Coonoor is situated 6,000 feet above sea level at the southeast corner of the Nilgiri plateau and at the head of the principal pass from the plains. Up this Ghat runs a road 21 miles long and a rack railway 16 ¾ miles from Mettupalaiyam in Coimbatore district...

Matheran Light Railway
Abdul Hussain, son of the business tycoon, Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy of Mumbai, was a regular visitor to Matheran at the turn of the century. After having obtained a reluctant consent from his father, young Abdul Hussain camped at Neral in 1900 AD to plan for a narrow gauge railway line to Matheran...

The first three railways connect the foothills of the Himalayas with exotic hill stations, the fourth connects Mettupalayam on the foothills of the Nilgiris to the beautiful hill station of Ootacamund (Ooty) in the south and the fifth runs on the Western Ghats.


The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway || The Kangra Valley Railway
Kalka-Shimla Railway || Nilgiri Mountain Railway || Matheran Light Railway
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