Surrounded by dense forests, pristine valleys, majestic mountains, glistering lakes, cascading waterfalls and ancient monastery, North East India oozes magic and splendor. A major part of the north-east still remains unexplored and a true traveler by heart must include a trip to this virgin land in his/her bucket list. The best way to unravel the secrets of this piece of heaven is by taking a train trip across the grueling yet mesmerizing terrains. Let’s explore some of the most enchanting train journeys that you can take exclusively in North East.
- Guwahati – Lumding – Silchar (Assam): Sharing its history with the pre-independence era, the Guwahati-Lumding track was laid with the purpose of transporting tea leaves from different parts of Assam. The route from Guwahati to Silchar via Lumding and Barak Valley is considered to be one of the most fascinating train journeys of the country. Meandering through River Jatinga, tea plantations and lush green Haflong Valley, this is one of the treacherous and challenging routes. Considering the difficulty of the terrains, Northeast Frontier Railway converted the entire stretch from meter gauge to broad gauge thus making the journey a little smoother and safer. Due to the challenging terrains, trains in this route often get delayed. So it’s better to check the live train running information before you reach the station.
- Dibrugarh to Ledo (Assam): Ledo, the easternmost station in India, is connected by trains from Guwahati via Dibrugarh. This route offers a pristine view of the paddy fields and tea plantations. The changing landscapes from captivating valleys to undulating hills and across the Brahmaputra makes this three and half hour train journey worth experiencing. To remain updated about your train’s status you may click IRCTC train running status.
- New Jalpaiguri (West Bengal) to Tinsukia (Assam): This epic journey of 18 to 24 hours traverses through varying landscapes, making you glued to your window seat. Commencing from the plains of West Bengal the train trip gradually ascends the hills to reach the tea gardens of Upper Assam. Check the NTES train running status for actual train timing so that you don’t miss the ride of your life. The trains pass through small, unknown and quaint stations exuding an old-world charm and the breath-taking view.
- Harmuti (Assam) to Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh): It has just been a few years that Arunachal Pradesh entered the railway map of India. The journey from Harmuti, situated in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, to Naharlagun, a small town adjacent to Itanagar, is nothing less than a gateway to paradise. Crisscrossing across Subansiri valley and relishing the cool breeze of Dikong River, the route also makes way through traces of jhum cultivation.
- Silchar (Assam) to Agartala (Tripura): Agartala was devoid of train connectivity until recently when the capital of Tripura has been added to the map of Indian Railways. There are mostly passenger trains commuting between Silchar and Tripura, but the route offers an exciting view of lush green hills, scenic valleys and placid lakes on its way.
Managed by the Northeast Frontier Railway, the rail routes of the northeast offer some of the most hazardous yet enticing journeys. The north-eastern states still stand unkempt in terms of train connectivity and hence most parts of the seven sister state still remain unexplored and immaculate. However, the Ministry of Railways is proactively working on projects to provide better connectivity to the region and thus bring a sea-change in the region’s economy.