The Nilgiri Mountain Railway or Ooty (Udhagamandalam): Ooty is the famous tourist destination that sees a large number of tourists visiting it throughout the year. Indian Railways is plying a special hill train to add to the passengers comfort travelling to Ooty. Ooty is linked by a narrow guage line from the station Mettupalayam, which act as the connecting link for the mainline trains.
It is a toy train which operates at the maximum speed of 33 km per hour and it traverses across plains, forest clad hills and plantation. The route of this train comprises of tall girder bridges and 16 tunnels which provide the magnificent view of the spectacular locales that truly adds to the visual delight.
Darjeeling: It is one of the most famous little hill trains that connects the New Jalpaiguri station to Darjeeling. This is the journey that begins from the plains and ends at the exquisite hill station of Darjeeling.
UNESCO has accepted the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) as the “World Heritage Site”. This train covers the journey of 86 km and offers the awe-inspiring scenery of the Himalayas. The originating station of the journey is New Jalpaiguri which is linked to various important places in India including Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, etc.
Matheran : The Matheran train connects Neral to Matheran and is one of the oldest rail line. It provides easy access to the small hill resort nearby to Mumbai. One can enjoy the wonderful scenes of the lush green hills while travelling which offers great pleasure and entertainment for the tourists.
Matheran is a renowned tourist spot and this railway line presents some breathtaking locales and amazing climate which makes the entire journey memorable. This toy train to Matheran commences during the daytime from Neral. Neral is situated on Mumbai Pune Line and can be easily reached from both Mumbai and Pune.
The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach offers a lavish ambience for memorable and entertaining holidays. It is capable of accommodating six persons and is equipped with state of the art amenities including on-board-kitchen, dining table with cushioned chairs, folding cushioned bed and a refrigerator. The fare of The Shivalik Palace Tourist comprises of complimentary stay at two lush retiring rooms at Shimla for a day and free meals during the travel.
The Shivalik Queen is another luxurious hill train on the Kalka-Shimla section. The advanced and well equipped coach of this train comprises of an avant-garde amenities and furnishings like chrome plated luggage rack, fancy lights and wall-to-wall carpets.
Apart from the Shivalik series another hill section of the North includes the Pathankot-Joginder Nagar section. It is a different way of the rail route to the striking Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra Valley is blessed in a way that apart from the abundance of natural beauty and scenic locales everywhere, it is the home to the several gods and goddesses. Thus it acts as a tourist destination and religious place as well.
In order to add the travelling comfort for the passengers, “Kangra Queen” is introduced on this section. This is a narrow gauge train which travels the distance of 128 kms in 4 hours 25 minutes approx. It halts at two stations enroute including Jwalamukhi Road and kangra. It is capable of accommodating up to 92 passengers and comprises of two chair cars, one first class, and one second class coach.
Kangra Queen possesses well furnished first class air car coaches including comfortable sofa sets and chairs along with windows having wide glasses. In addition to that the coaches are also equipped with modern public address system for accessing the music and information regarding the past places in the valley.