Educational Tours

Travelling to India will be an enriching experience; there are so many aspects of that Country that speak about culture, tradition and people. A short trip to a few places in India might not provide the most insightful details, but we at India Tours and Travels can help you handpick destinations and plan an itinerary to suit your exact purpose.

We have specialists who put together educational tours especially for university students in the UK. These tours are extremely valuable for students.

These educational tours are arranged with inter city journeys on the Indian Railways as this is an economic way to understand the people of various places within a short period. This mode of transport is adventurous yet safe for students to travel on. The majority of the nation travels on trains very often and hence, every train journey is sure to provide an experience of its own.

In addition to that, the Indian Railways is one of the oldest modes of transport and has so many interesting information that not many are aware of.

Here are a few facts about the Indian Railways?

  • The slowest train in India is the Nilagiri Mountain Train that goes uphill at the speed of 10km/hr.
  • The Indian Railways Website – IRCTC, gets close to 12 lakhs (1.2 million) hits every minute. The website can handle 5 million threads at a time, but the number of people online is always more than that!
  • Toilets were introduced in Indian Trains only after almost 50 years of its functioning. Thank Okhil Chandra for bringing up the problems faced by passengers in a hilarious letter he wrote to the Railways.
  • The record for maximum number of stops by an Express/Mail train is held by Howrah – Amritsar Express with 115 halts during its journey.
  • Vembanad Rail Bridge in Kerala is the longest rail bridge in India covering a stretch of 4.62 km.
  • The longest tunnel of Indian Railways is Pir Panjal Tunnel of length 11.215 km. (In Jammu & Kashmir)
  • Most unreliable train in Indian Railways is Guwahati-Trivandrum Express. It is late on an average by ten to twelve hours.
  • The Station with the shorted name is “Ib” in Odisha.
  • Lucknow is the busiest junction in the nation: 64 trains come in and move out, every day

India is also rich in Heritage and there are two UNESCO World Heritage sites that are in the Indian Railways.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites on Train:

India has two UNESCO World Heritage sites that showcases its Railway Strength.

  1. Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminus, Mumbai
  2. The Mountain Railways of India.

These Mountain Railways consists of three primary routes that are most important & hence, popular.

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • The Nilagiri Mountain Railways
  • Kalka-Shimla Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:

This Narrow Gauge Railway was the second railway line ever to be declared a World UNESCO Heritage Site. The line starts at Siliguri and Darjeeling, as was first constructed in the 19th Century. Minor renovations have been made over the years but the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Line remains one of the most enduring part of Darjeeling’s identity.

The Nilagiri Mountain Railways

This line was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2005, after Darjeeling and thus they were called the Mountain Railways of India since. This ‘Toy Train’ is a popular tourist attraction that travels from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam (Ooty). The stations on en route to Ooty are very popular – Conoor, Wellington & Lovedale.

Kalka Shimla Railway

The Kalka Shimla Route is known for its mountainous route with incredible views of the hills & the surrounding villages. This line was built to connect Shimla, the Summer Capital during the British Raj with Kalka. This route has several tunnels and bridges providing a spectacular ride.