1. Ghum Railway Station
Ghum railway station is the India’s highest railway station at an altitude of 2,258 metres, located in West Bengal. The UNESCO recognised Darjeeling Himalayan Railway toy train passes from here, promising an enthralling view. The train makes steep climbs through a number of reverses and loops, one of the most breathtaking being the Batasia Loop between Ghum and Darjeeling.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus neé Victoria Terminus
This station is nothing less than a beauty! A decade of painstaking hard work that flaunts one of the most exemplified architectures of Indian history. No wonder UNESCO was wowed by it and bestowed it with a heritage status. It is India’s busiest railway station. Here’s revealing a secret, the station has an in-house museum that displays some magnificent relics.
3. Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
With its first foundation stone laid in 1914, the railway station is a fusion of architecture inspired by the Rajputana, Awadhi and Mughal styles. With a palatial appearance and grand look, Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station has a garden in front of it. It got its name from because of the presence of four garden earlier. The aerial view of the station gives an impression of a chessboard with the domes and pillars forming an illusion of the chess pieces.
4. Howrah Junction Station
Howrah Junction Station is tagged as the oldest and largest railway station in India having 23 platforms, more than any other railway station in India. Overlooking the Hooghly River, it is intersected by the famous Howrah Bridge. The title of ‘busiest railway stations in terms of passenger volume per day’ is like another feather in its cap. It is also facilitated by a Yatri Niwas with dormitories, single and double room accommodations as well.
5. Cuttack Railway Station
Serving the east coast of Odisha, Cuttack Railway Station was first opened in 1896. The entrance of the railway station is set to resemble a fort and that is the main reason for it to draw eyes of so many visitors. It is one of the most important stations of the East Coast Railways.
6. Kanpur Central Railway Station
Constituting one of the five Central railway stations in India, the construction of Kanpur Railway Station was completed in 1930, which is when it was first opened to the public. It holds the record for being the third busiest railway station in India and having the largest interlocking route system in the world. It was modelled on the lines of Lucknow Charbagh railway station but, was not an entire copy in anticipation of the costs involved.
7. Nagpur Junction Railway Station
Although the Nagpur Railways first began in 1867, the station was inaugurated in its current form only in the year 1925. That is because, initially, the railway station was located towards the east of its current site. Nagpur Junction Railway Station is famous for its ‘double diamond crossing’. A diamond crossing in is the point where two railway lines cross each other forming the shape of diamonds at their point of intersection. The double diamond railway at Nagpur is formed by two double lines crossing each other.
Author: Winnie Karnik