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Kangra Valley Railway ( KVR) Holiday package with Site Seeing- 6N-7D

 

Embark on an incredible Himalayan Journey where Rivers, Tea Estates, Himlayan Mountains run side by side to the Toy Train, Get down at quaint stations to do the incedible site seeings and exploring the lives around the train junctions and also to see famous places. Holidaytravel.co is pleased to introduce its unique gem of the package " Kangra Mountain Railway Holiday Package with site seeing"

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Thrilling Journey From 383 meters to 1200 meters

The Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) is 163.720 Kilometers long takes you from the elevation of 383.820 m ( Pathankot Punjab) to an elevation of 1184.160 m Joginder Nagar  in the Kangra Valley Himachal Pradesh

A trip on the KVR ( Kangra Valley Railway) is a thrilling experience and the best way to savour the beauty of the Kangra Valley. Pathankot is the starting Broad guage Main station. The KVR was opened with steam Engine Locomotive and it now being run with diesel locomotives. However, one original steam locomotive has been restored for KVR and this is also based at Pathankot for heritage steam train service available for chartered train operation

 

Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package Rates & Hotels​

  • Luxury Package @ Rs 59,999/- Per Couple ( Luxury 4 Star Delux Equivalent Hotels)
  • Standard package @ Rs 39,999/- Per Couple ( Delux 3 star Hotels/Resorts, Similar)

 

Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package - Destinations Covered with Night Stay & Site Seeing - Inclusions

  • 0 km    Pathankot Junction
  • 83 km    Jawalamukhi Road - 2 Night Stay - Breakfast+ Dinner + Pragpur Judge's Court + Site Seeing
  • 94 km    Kangra - 2 Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner + Site Seeing
  • 109 km    Nagrota - 
  • 127 km    Palampur - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 141 km    Baijnath Paprola - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 164 km    Joginder Nagar - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  Site Seeing

Kangra Valley Railway Holiday Package - Itinerary

Day -1- Pragpur Site Seeing + Jwalamukhi Devi Shakipeeth + Chintpurni Shaktipeeth

Day- 2- Kangra Site Seeing ( Kangra Fort + Kangra Shaktipeeth temple )

Day -3 - Kangra Site Seeing ( + Dharamshala + Mcleodganj )

Day- 4- Palampur Site Seeing ( Tea Estates + Tea Factory + Saurabh Van Vihar + Neuggal cafe)

Day 5 - Baijnath Site Seeing ( Baijnath Temple + Andretta Village + Bir Billing)

Day 6 - Jogindernagar Site Seeing ( Jogindernagar Attractions)

Day 7 - Return Journey to Pathankot - Tour Ends in Evening

 

Beauty of  Kangra Valley Railway ( KVR) Journey

Enjoy the  enchanting ride with the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Mountains on one side, lush green fields on the other side, tea gardens, and significant pilgrimage centers; for the benefit of the tourists as well as the local communities and offer a rich and scenic expanse of the spectacular Himalayan Mountains.

 

Kangra Valley Railway - Overview

The Kangra Valley Railway (KVR) is a linear Property 163.720 Kilometers long and 0.762 meter wide, which runs from Pathankot (located at an elevation of 383.820 m) to Joginder Nagar (located at an elevation of 1184.160 m), in the Kangra Valley, in the states of Punjab (Gurdaspur District) and Himachal Pradesh (Kangra & Mandi districts), India. The difficult mountain terrain involved the bridging of ravines through which flow the mountain torrents and some of these are noteworthy as engineering marvels. There are also two tunnels. Over its length of 163.720 Kilometers, the KVR ascends at a maximum gradient of 1 in 25, crosses over 993 bridges, runs through two tunnels and winds through 484 curves (sharpest being 300 equal to 58.33 m). This unique line has been constructed skillfully to present to the traveller, a chance to gaze on the ever present panorama of snow-clad ranges and the gold green fields.

The Kangra valley is the region between the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas to the north (a low chain of ridges about 2500 metres high in front and peaks 5000 meters tall behind) and the foothills to the south, about 50 kilometers wide, ascending from West to East and the KVR runs through its entire length. It remains a well known tourist attraction in Northern India. The portion of the line in Gurdaspur and Kangra districts forms the lower section (smoother gradients and curves) and the portion in Mandi district forms the upper section (steepest gradients and curves). The route of the KVR, developed as a cultural corridor and provided access to the Kangra Valley; linking important towns, very holy Hindu pilgrimage centers & settlements. It also, provides access to the Dalai Lama's abode at Mcleodganj.

 

The railway can be divided into three sections as follows:

i) The first section is 12 kilometers long from Pathankot (elevation 383.820 meters) to Chakki Bridge (elevation 398.780 meters); in Gurdaspur district, in the state of Punjab. Pathankot has the locomotive shed, carriage sub-depot of the KVR. Starting from Pathankot, the narrow gauge line runs out of the town and crosses the Chakki river in a scenic manner. Significant locations and structures along this route include inter-alia the Pathankot station and Chakki bridge. The maximum gradient is 1 in 40 that is the maximum gradient in the lower section of KVR.
 

ii) The second section is the pilgrim section, 130 kilometers long from Chakki Bridge (elevation 398.780 meters) to Baijnath Paprola (elevation 979.750 meters). Significant locations and structures along this route include inter-alia the railway stations, Reyond Khad bridge, Bathu Khad bridge, both the tunnels of KVR (Dhundi tunnel and Daulatpur tunnel) and the heritage bunglow at Palampur. Kangra is around midway along the KVR. The KVR passes just away from Kangra town separated by a gigantic cleft in the hills at the bottom of which runs the picturesque Ban Ganga River and provides spectacular views of the ruins of the historic Rajput Fort. Onwards along KVR, approaching Palampur, the ever present background of snowy peaks (about 5000m high and about 15 kilometres away) run parallel. The spectacularly beautiful area around Kangra & Palampur is famous for very significant Hindu pilgrimage temples (attracting millions of pilgrims each year), Tibetan monastery of Dalai Lama, Tea gardens and numerous popular locations. The best access to this beautiful area is provided by the KVR.
 

iii) The third section is 22 kilometres long, from Baijnath Paprola (elevation 979.750 meters) to the end of the line i.e. Joginder Nagar station (elevation 1184.160 m). Ajhu station is about midway and is the highest point of the line (elevation 1290.230 m). Significant locations and structures along this route include inter-alia the railway stations and flume bridges. Here, the KVR threads its way among the pines of the Bhir gorge and the journey in wilderness in far superior to the journey by road.
 

 


Justification of Outstanding Universal Value
Mountain Light Railway (MLR) & Kangra Valley Railways (KVR) are outstanding, example of hill passenger railways. Opened in early in the 19th century, these Railways applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions, to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty and also, they are still fully operational as living example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century.
These Railways are spectacular example of technology transfer. The coming of MLR & KVR resulted in development of transport in those areas which otherwise were used on foot or with animal transport (virtually no access).  Indeed, one of the interesting effects of these Railways has been the way they have contributed to the creation of a cultural corridor made by human intervention.  The technological and social interchange is also evident through the application of steam engine technology. These Railways are outstanding and possibly the longest surviving heritage railways in the world.
As an outstanding example of a technological ensemble illustrating a significant stage in human history, these Railways are unique example of the construction genius employed by Railway engineers of the 19th century. Today, MLR & KVR stand out as heritage symbol of the regions.  As ensemble with their impeccably maintained track, their elegant original stations and their old rolling stocks; they are genuinely outstanding and unique type of a 19th century development that is preserved over time.  Thus, it is clearly and spectacularly illustrative of a significant stage in human history that saw pioneering rail construction and its extension for socio-economic development in a mountainous region.
Also, these Railways have been constructed with great technical skill in harmony with the beauty, serenity and grandeur of the surroundings and also; led to the social, cultural and economic creation and development of the areas. These Railways are the best preserved heritage Railways in the world and remain much as they were at the time of their completion in: stations, signals, rural environment. Such railways are rare and deserve conservation and global recognition of their qualities.
Criteria (ii): The Extension to the Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of the interchange of values on developments in technology and the impact of an innovative transportation system on the social and economic development of a multicultural region, which was to serve as a model for similar developments in many parts of the world. The Mountain Railways of India exhibit an important cultural and technological transfer in the colonial setting of the period of its construction.
Criteria (iv): The Extension to the Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of a technological ensemble, representing different phases of the development in high mountain areas. The Extension to the Mountain Railways of India are outstanding examples of how access has been provided to the plains and plateaus of the Indian mountains. They are emblematic of the technical and material efforts of human societies of this period to disenclave mountain populations through the railway that are still well maintained and fully operational living lines. They are used in a spirit and for purposes that are the same as those at their inception.
Statements of authenticity and/or integrity
Matheran Light Railway and Kangra Valley Railway are surviving example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century. These Railways retain their original features of early 19th century when these lines were opened. It is also noteworthy that these lines, besides being a tourist attraction, are also a regular mode of transport for pilgrims and the neighboring communities. Maintenance standards on these Railways are good, as the railway is used fairly intensively but no more intensely than it was designed to be used. The stations are being well maintained as in the original construction and are still in use. They are pretty structures constructed like cottages. They have thin walls, wooden trusses, decorated sloping roofs, large verandahs, wooden pillars, simple & elegant looking and with flowering trees / shrubs around. These have been conserved in the same style. The locomotives and rolling stock are old and of heritage value. The signaling system of these Railways is original of 19th century. Rod operated switches for tracks, kerosene lamps, token instruments are still maintained on these Railways.
The Ministry of Railways, Government of India place great emphasis on the preservation of the entire railway system including the line, rolling stock and all associated buildings in their original shape to the extent possible. The countryside served by the Railway also retains the charm that over time. The natives look upon the Railway as a friendly symbol of the mountains rather than as a harbinger of change. Overall, these Railways are authentic and well preserved.  These Railways play an important economic and social role serving the people of the district. They also have the necessary legal / management protection.
Comparison with other similar properties
The property can be compared to following World Heritage Sites:
Semmering Railway, Austria. Inscription: 1998, criteria: ii iv
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. Inscription: 2008, criteria: ii iv

 

Semmering Railways Austria is one of the greatest feats of civil engineering from this pioneering phase of railway building between 1848-1854. However, Mountain Railways of India is much later example (1881-1926). Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes is a site of early 20th century only. Hence, Mountain Railways of India represents the technological advancements in the period.


Mountain Railways in India began with the DHR in 1881, NMR in 1899, KSR in 1903 and the MLR in 1907. KVR followed and its construction began in 1926. These railways are all living example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century. These railways were constructed with significant engineering at a very early stage of railway development and overcame the challenges of the steep terrain in distinct innovative ways; to provide access and socio-economic development in the mountains. The DHR used zig-zags & spirals, the NMR used rack & pinion, the KSR used very heavy engineering with significant and numerous roman multi-arch aqueducts & tunnels, the MLR used floating axles (special design of articulated wheels and axles to negotiate the sharp curves and take misalignments) to negotiate the sharp curves and the KVR came last based upon the successes earlier to become the longest of the lot. They provide spectacular panoramic views to travellers. These are all outstanding examples of the earliest hill passenger railways constructed one after the other that are fully operational with most of their original features intact; as tourist attractions as well as a regular mode of transport for the local population. Following the inscription of the DHR, inscription of the NMR and inscription of the KSR; application already made for MLR; KVR is proposed as a World Heritage Site as an extension to Mountain Railways of India.
Internationally too the KVR is unique and an immensely long heritage railway. The Narrow Gauge Heritage Railways of the world date back to 1850. These are of short lengths (average length is less than 10 kilometers as compared to about over 160 kilometers in KVR). Most of the narrow gauge railways, were earlier used to transport freight and passengers but were later abandoned and restarted as heritage railways that have become tourist attractions. However, the KVR was built for transport of construction material and then patronized by passengers to create a new mountain settlement for tourism and has been in continuous service as such from its inception, now for over 80 years. Also, the closure and subsequent re-emergence of the old railways in Europe as heritage / tourist railways has resulted in loss of authenticity (railways have been converted to modern railways) whereas the KVR has remained almost original while continuing to remain in service with minimal change. Added to this, the KVR is not only a major tourist attraction, but is also one of the main means of transportation and pilgrimage.



Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package - Destinations Covered with Night Stay & Site Seeing - Inclusions

  • 0 km    Pathankot Junction
  • 83 km    Jawalamukhi Road - 2 Night Stay - Breakfast+ Dinner + Pragpur Judge's Court + Site Seeing 
  • 94 km    Kangra - 2 Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner + Site Seeing
  • 109 km    Nagrota - 
  • 127 km    Palampur - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 141 km    Baijnath Paprola - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 164 km    Joginder Nagar - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  Site Seeing

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Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package Rates & Hotels?

  • Luxury Package @ Rs 49,999/- Per Couple ( Luxury 4 Star Delux Equivalent Hotels)
  • Standard package @ Rs 31,999/- Per Couple ( Delux 3 star Hotels/Resorts, Similar)



Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package - Destinations Covered with Night Stay & Site Seeing - Inclusions

  • 0 km    Pathankot Junction
  • 83 km    Jawalamukhi Road - 2 Night Stay - Breakfast+ Dinner + Pragpur Judge's Court + Site Seeing 
  • 94 km    Kangra - 2 Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner + Site Seeing
  • 109 km    Nagrota - 
  • 127 km    Palampur - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 141 km    Baijnath Paprola - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 164 km    Joginder Nagar - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  Site Seeing

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Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package Rates & Hotels?

  • Luxury Package @ Rs 49,999/- Per Couple ( Luxury 4 Star Delux Equivalent Hotels)
  • Standard package @ Rs 31,999/- Per Couple ( Delux 3 star Hotels/Resorts, Similar)

Kangra Valley Railway Holiday Package - Itinerary

Day -1- Pragpur Site Seeing + Jwalamukhi Devi Shakipeeth + Chintpurni Shaktipeeth

Day- 2- Kangra Site Seeing ( Kangra Fort + Kangra Shaktipeeth temple )

Day -3 - Kangra Site Seeing ( + Dharamshala + Mcleodganj )

Day- 4- Palampur Site Seeing ( Tea Estates + Tea Factory + Saurabh Van Vihar + Neuggal cafe)

Day 5 - Baijnath Site Seeing ( Baijnath Temple + Andretta Village + Bir Billing)

Day 6 - Jogindernagar Site Seeing ( Jogindernagar Attractions)

Day 7 - Return Journey to Pathankot - Tour Ends in Evening

Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package Rates & Hotels?

  • Luxury Package @ Rs 59,999/- Per Couple ( Luxury 4 Star Delux Equivalent Hotels)
  • Standard package @ Rs 39,999/- Per Couple ( Delux 3 star Hotels/Resorts, Similar)

 

Kangra valley Railway Holiday Package - Destinations Covered with Night Stay & Site Seeing - Inclusions

  • 0 km    Pathankot Junction
  • 83 km    Jawalamukhi Road 
  • 94 km    Kangra - 2 Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner + Site Seeing
  • 109 km    Nagrota - 
  • 127 km    Palampur - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 141 km    Baijnath Paprola - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  + Site Seeing
  • 164 km    Joginder Nagar - Night Stay + Breakfast & Dinner  Site Seeing

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