The exotic Kangra Valley lying between the Dhaula Dhar and the Shivalik foothills in the state of Himachal Pradesh is the conglomeration of valleys and plateaus of the Himalayas. Renowned for its natural beauty, the valley attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Kangra Queen runs between Pathankot and Palampur and takes 4 hrs & 25 minutes with two stoppages at Jwalamukhi and Kangra. There are many other local trains on the same route with more stoppages. Kangra Valley Railways is a reminder that despite difficult terrain, railway engineers can create a work which exists in harmony with the natural beauty of the locale. In April 1929, the 100 mile line constructed in rough terrain and hostile weather was opened for traffic.
There are 20 crossings stations, 7 passenger halts and 971 bridges on this line. Starting from Pathankot, the line runs parallel to the road for the first 16 miles. Ahuj, at 1210 metres is the highest point. From Mangwal to Kangra, travellers have the privilege of being exposed to a memorable view of the grandeur of the majestic Himalayas. As Palampur reaches, the snow capped peaks cast a mesmerising spell on the passengers. From there, the line runs parallel to the Dhaula Dhar range. Near Baijnath the train makes its way through the gorgeous pines. The line does not pass through the Kangra town as it is separated from it by a big cleft in the hill.
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