|Photography by Stuti © 2013|
That reminds me of mostly interesting, rarely shocking experiences, train travel has given me. Indian Railways have never ceased to fascinate me. During my early years to reach my granny’s place Haridwar from Mehsana we used to first go to Palanpur then take a train to Delhi and then bus from ISBT, Delhi to Haridwar. It used to be long but reaching to my grandma's embrace was always soothing.
Nonetheless, the journey used to be interesting. Ajmer's famous Rabdi and rabbits running at the dhaaba en-route Haridwar are a few things which are hard to forget; train journey is fun as well. I still remember how my mum and I used to get up first at around 4 in the morning only to watch the sun rising—that used to be the best thing during train journey including those fights over the window seat.
The history of rail transport in India began in mid-19th century and first ran between Mumbai and Thane. Indian Railways has come a long way since then. Indian Railways is divided in to 17 zones, which further branches into many sub divisions. Indian Railways differ not only in respect of speed but also class. It completed 160 years on 16th April 2013 of nationwide connectivity with the transportation of around 23 million passengers / day, which is commendable.
With the tag of the most affordable mode of transportation to reach long distance’, it sets itself apart in terms of class, and it’s a privilege to talk about some great, interesting and beautiful trains; every traveller, non-traveller and photographer shall experience once in a lifetime and one shall know about.
As the name suggests, Rajdhani (which means ‘capital’) connects New Delhi, India’s capital, with other important destinations across the nation. This is fully AC and among the fastest trains run by the Indian Railways. It also gets the major priority in the Indian Rail Network. Depending on the duration of the journey, passengers are served complimentary food. It is kind of really cool that by the time you finish your meals, which include breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and three-course meal in dinner, the journey is already over—you will barely take note the time passing.
It is a tourist train that runs on the Buddhist circuit of India. Launched in 2007 by IRCTC, this train takes passengers through 8 days and 7 nights of spiritual journey. Taking its name from Mahaparinirvan of the Buddha, it’s known for comfortable and sacred journey. Fully air conditioned, it offers first class and two- & three-tier coaches, attracting Buddhist pilgrims to large scale for its service.
Palace on Wheels
Started long back on 26th January, 1983, it is a luxury tourist train launched by Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourist Development Corporation. With the background of Royal Coaches, Cultural Ethos and Beautiful Royal Interiors, it has 23 coaches, and can house 104 tourists at a time. It is a world-class travel mode and a dream for everyone to experience.
Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
Launched in 2009, this luxury tourist train is of the order of Palace on Wheels, and takes the same route as Palace on Wheels, in that it takes tourists through several tourist, wildlife and heritage sites across Rajasthan.
Run by IRCTC, the most expensive luxury train in the world, Maharaja Express a dream to travel in which I am sure gonna live one day. It’s the best and is equipped with modern amenities, includes pneumatic suspension, live television, wifi, attached bathroom, dining cars, lounge, bar, souvenir shop, etc. It is an epitome of luxury and royalty which is running on wheels for all the luxury and travel enthusiasts in the world.
Deccan Odyssey and The Golden Chariot
Launched on the lines of Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey and The Golden Chariot run in Maharashtra and the South-West region, respectively. Apart from being luxury tourist trains, they are almost like 5-star hotels running on wheels.
I hope I haven't left anything remarkable.
Enjoy the ride, Experience the best in #IncredibleIndia.
P.S. Picture Source: Google
P.S. Picture Source: Google