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10 most beautiful train stations in India
Here is a list of 10 most beautiful train stations in India. While some of them are fine examples of architectural brilliance, others are special for their unique and picturesque location.
Dudhsagar train station
Located near the spectacular Dudhsagar Falls, this train station is a feast for the eyes. Surrounded by lush greenery, scenic beauty, and misty mountains, it is a famous tourist attraction.
The train station became more popular after being featured in the Bollywood blockbuster, Chennai Express.
A beautiful red building that sits neatly on the banks of the Hooghly River is how people describe the famous Howrah Junction. The intersection was originally designed by George Turnbull and has been redone by Halsey Ricardo, a British architect.
A famous landmark of Kolkata City, the train station completed its 100th anniversary in 2005 and it still looks as great as it did when it started. Functional since December 1, 1905, Howrah Junction also has the distinction of being the first stop on the famous Rajdhani Express.
Cuttack train station
An architectural masterpiece in every way, Cuttack Railway Station is unique in India. This station is one of the top 100 booking stations on the Indian Railways. The architecture of the station is similar to that of the Barabati Fort, a large historical monument built during the reign of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.
Barog train station
Barog train station has an interesting and rather unusual history. An engineer (Colonel Barog) claims to have committed suicide out of sheer humiliation when the two ends of a tunnel he built near the train station did not meet. Allegedly a miscalculation, this resulted in the British imposing a fine of one rupee. The city itself is named after the engineer.
The tunnel, which was built later, is now the longest of the 103 tunnels on the Shimla-Kalka Railway route. The station is like a hidden paradise between extensive pine and deodar forests. The station looks very appealing during the rain.
Char Bagh Railway Station, Lucknow
Char Bagh train station in Lucknow City is definitely one of the 10 most beautiful train stations in India and refers to the four beautiful gardens that existed in the past. The station looks like a traditional palace with imposing towers on each side.
The train station, designed by J.H. Hornimen, was built at an altitude of INR 70 lakh and the foundation stone was laid in 1914. The structure was built in 1926 with intricate minars and domes of Saracen design.
Ghum train station, Darjeeling
Known as the highest railway station in the country, Ghum near Darjeeling is more than just a railway station. It is an attraction in itself. Embedded in a charming landscape, tourists in particular come here to enjoy an incomparable view of the surrounding area.
Ghum Station also falls on the route of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the Toy Train, one of the main activities in Darjeeling.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
This train station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an architectural splendor in itself. Also known as the Victoria Terminus, it greets its guests with magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture that magically enchants its visitors.
The station was designed by Frederick Stevens and construction was completed in 1887. However, the terminus was functioning before it was completely completed and the first train from this station was discontinued in 1853. Don't miss the jungle-themed facade, it's adorned with gargoyles, lions and peacocks.
Velankanni train station
Velankanni train station is a real spectacle. Flanked by twin towers on the south and north sides, the white building looks more like a church than a station.
Vashi Headquarters, Navi Mumbai
Vashi Central, one of the largest train stations in Navi Mumbai, looks more like a company building than a train station. The sleek and modern architecture is also home to many offices and technology companies. Strange but interesting!
Vijayawada train station
Vijayawada Train Station is one of the busiest train stations in the country. Held in white, the station conveys elegant charm. It was built in 1888 and is said to be the only station with five booking counters for travelers.
If you are planning your next vacation in these cities, don't forget to take a closer look at them 10 most beautiful train stations in India!
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