For more than a hundred years the mountain railway trains have made their way to the wonderful world of the Indian Hill Railways from the Nilgiri Hills to the south to the Himalayas to the North.
1. The Nilgiri Mountain railways, Tamil Nadu:
It is one of the most exciting toy trains in India. Your train ride will be filled with breathtaking views of the tea estates and gorgeous valleys and ravines. It is popular railway line for honeymoon couples.
The course covered: Ootacamund, Mettupalayam, Kellar, Coonoor, Wellington, and Lovedale.
Length of track: 46 km
Railway ticket charges: 30rs second class,205rs first class
2. Kalka Shimla Railway:
It is one of the most historic toy trains and also one of the popular ways of reaching Shimla which was once the summer capital of the British Raj. The people particularly travel from Barog as they get to witness one of the longest tunnels and breathtaking sceneries. There are about hundred and three tunnels and eight hundred bridges. The ride will definitely be a memorable experience for tourists.
Length of track: 96.54kms
The course covered: Summerhill, Shimla, Shoghi, Salogra, Solan Brewery, Barog, Kumarhatti, Dagshai, Dharmpur and Kalka Junction.
Duration of ride: 5 hours
Railway ticket charges: Rail motor=300rs, Shivalik Deluxe=500rs, Shimla Kalka Express=70rs and Himalayan Queen=260rs.
3. Matheran Hill Railway, Maharastra:
It is one of the unique mountain railways in India as the journey from neral to Matheran is filled with sharp turns and a tunnel named ‘one kiss’ that adds to the uniqueness of the mountain railway.
Length of track: 21kms
Duration of ride: 2 hours
The course covered: Neral, waterpipe, Jumapatti, Aman Lodge and Matheran
Railway ticket charges: second class=65rs, first class=265rs and deluxe salon=1325
4. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways:
If you want the best Darjeeling sightseeing tour, take a ride in the world-famous toy Train that chug-a-lugs through the beautiful lush green hills of Darjeeling. The toy train covers almost all the sightseeing places in Darjeeling. If you are looking for Darjeeling sightseeing rates do visit the website of Enroute trip you will get all the information there. It has been a world heritage site since 1999. It is probably one of the most famous mountain railways in India.
Length of Track:88kms
The course covered : NewJalpaiguri,SiliguriTown,Sukna,Rongtong,Tindharia,Ghayabari,Mahanadhi,Kurseong,Sonada,Ghoom and Darjeeling.
Railway ticket charges: Diesel Engine ride=800rs per person, steam engine=1300rs per person.
5. Kangra Valley Mountain Railway:
If you want to kiss the cool Himalayan winds then you definitely need to ride the Kangra valley railway as it makes its way to the misty mountains. You will definitely have an awesome experience if you take a ride on this toy train.
Length of track:164kms
The course covered: Pathankot, Jwalamukhi road, Kangra, Palampur, Baijnath and Joginder Nagar
Railway Ticket Charges: 27rs one way.
Taking a toy train ride is the solution for all your stress and problems as fresh air emanating from the mountains will rejuvenate your mind and body.