Kangra Valley Railway
The Kangra Valley Railway lies in the sub-Himalayan region and covers a distance of 164 km (101.9 mi) from Pathankot, Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, India. The Kangra valley railway comes under the Firozpur division of Northern Railway. It is one of two mountain railways that run in Himachal Pradesh, the other being Kalka-Shimla Railway, which has been designated as world heritage site by UNESCO. Both of these currently run at a narrow gauge of 2 feet 6 inches, although they do not connect to each other. The Kangra Valley Railway is among in the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Indian Railways has identified Pathankot-Jogindernagar route to be converted into Broad Gauge and to extend it to Mandi, and eventually to Ladakh via a new Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh Railway.
Kangra is a hilly region in Himachal Pradesh which has an average elevation of 733 m (2,405 ft).
The railway line was planned in May 1926 and commissioned in 1929. The highest point on this line is at Ahju station at an elevation of 1,210 meters (3,970 ft). The terminus at Joginder Nagar is at an elevation of 1,189 meters (3,901 ft).
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The Kangra Valley is not one place in particular. It happens to be the name given to the entire region that lies between the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas to the north and the last strangling foothills to the south. So, roughly speaking, this talk is about a narrow rectangular belt running 150 km in length and 50 km in breadth through the mountains. To the north, the peaks rear skyward; first a low chain of ridges followed by an extensive line averaging between 7,000 and 9,000 feet. Directly behind those are massifs rising from 13,000 to well over 16,000 feet. Then the snows.
Anything else would have ruined it. A different alignment, a different mode of taking the railway through the maze of hills and valleys would have spoilt its picture postcard perfectness. This unique line has just two tunnels, one of which is only 250 feet and the other 1,000 feet in length. The traveler must remember this is a total distance of 103 miles. Instead of boring his way through the mountains, the railway engineer has skillfully avoided running head first into the hillside. Instead of following dizzy curves, he has cleverly chosen to avoid the awkward corners and straighten his turning. For the Kangra Valley Railway presents to the traveler, a chance to gaze as long as he likes on the ever present panorama of snow-clad ranges and the gold green fields without being swung round every few minutes on a narrow arc before his eyes can greet the scenery.
Certainly the scenery through which the train passes is ample compensation for the extra distance covered as compared to getting there by road. The most picturesque parts of the valley are exposed to the view – the stretch of 18 miles from Mangwal to Kangra, for example, lies through country unsurpassed for its majestic grandeur with the majestic Ban Ganga gorge and the deep Kangra chasm as two piece de resistance. As one approaches Palampur, the ever present background of snowy chain peaks, 15,000 and 16,000 feet in height is barely ten miles away. From here onwards, the line runs parallel to the Dhauladhar range and much nearer to it than any other railways in India that ever comes so close to the eternal snows.
Currently all the services are passenger trains i.e. the trains stop at all stations of II-class and some trains also have FC-class of accommodation. Some specials are run during the holiday season. Chartered trains can also be booked.
At present, reservation of seats is not enabled on this section and therefore the tourists are required to occupy available seats on arrival.
Pathankot – Joginder Nagar (N.G.) 
|Actual Distance (km)||↓ Station Name → Train No.||Pass. 1PBJ||Pass. 1PB||Pass. 3PB||Pass. 3PBJ||Pass. 5PB||Pass. 7PB||Pass. 1JP|
|141||Baijnath Paprola||0905||1040||1350||1730||2045||2245||- -|
|164||Joginder Nagar||1115||- -||- -||1940||- -||- -||- -|
Joginder Nagar - Pathankot(N.G.) 
|↓ Station Name → Train No.||Pass. 2JP||Pass. 2PB||Pass. 4PB||Pass. 2PBJ||Pass. 4PBJ||Pass. 6PB||Pass. 8PB|
|Joginder Nagar||- -||- -||- -||0720||1220||- -||- -|
|Baijnath Paprola||- -||0415||0720||1045||1555||1410||1735|
- Timings are subject to revision
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Popular Tourist Spots near Kangra Valley Railway
- Jawalamukhi Mandir 21 km from Jawalamukhi Road station
- Chintapurni Devi Mandir 36 km from Jawalamukhi Road station
- Dharamshala(HP) 17 km from Kangra station
- McLeodGanj 27 km from Kangra station
- Kangra Mandir 2 km from Kangra Mandir station
- Chamunda Devi Mandir 8 km from Palampur Himachal station
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