Goa – Vasco da Gama Railway Station, Madgaon or Margao Railway Station
Goa is one of the small states in India and is located along the coastal belts of Konkan. Goa has some of the world’s finest beaches and is also called as the beach paradise. Goa is adjoined by Arabian Sea. It has many beaches, lush green hills, huge forest, beautiful waterfalls and lakes. The state has mixed culture of Portuguese and Indian which makes it a special place. People of Goa celebrate colourful festivals every year with pomp.
Goa state has two rail tracks, one of them is the Konkan railway line which connects North to South and the other is South Western line which connects West to East.
Vasco Da Gama is another important railway station in Goa and South Western railway operates from this station.
Portuguese constructed the South Western Railway track in the 19th century. It connects Vasco da Gama to Karnataka after passing through Madgaon Railway station and runs towards east cutting through Jungle Mountains of the Western Ghats. From Karnataka it connects to the national railway network at the Londa junction and from this junction one can get trains for going to other parts of the country such as Hospet, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolhapur. There is a tourist aid cell at the tourist hostel near Vasco da Gama railway station.
Important place like Airport is located at the distance of 4 km from this station and other places like Mormugao Port, St Andrews Church, Naval Aviation Museum, Bogmalo Beach Velsao Beach, Margao, Panaji are not very far from the station.
For traveling locally taxis and private buses are available near railway station.
There are many important trains which run from Vasco and connect it to other parts of India. Before 1998 this was Goa’s only rail link to the outside world for more than 100 years.
In 1998 Konkan Railway line was accredited. The Konkan Railway Co-operation Ltd KRCL was formed by the Indian government in July 1990. A well-known railway engineer E. Sreedharan headed the KRCL and completed the Konkan railway line in seven years. During the making of Konkan railway more than hundred workers lost their lives.
Konkan Railway was opened for public on January 26, 1998 which was the 50th year of the Indian independence. Once this rail link was made it became easy for passengers to go to other parts of India. There are many fast trains available which connects Goa to other parts of India such as Mandovi Exp, Konkan Kanya Exp, Trivandrum Rajdhani and Goa Sampark Kranti etc.
Goa’s biggest and the most important railway station is the Margao or Madgaon Railway station. It is a railway junction and a connection point between Konkan Railway and the South Western Railway. It is a gateway to South Goa and all trains running through Goa stops here.
Madgaon railway station is built just 2 km east of Madgaon city centre. This is one of the busiest rail heads in this state. Konkan railways had administrative controls over this station. There are many important trains such as Goa Express, Konkan Kanya Express, Goa Sampark Kranti Express, Dadar Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express etc. which passes through this station.
The station has all the required facilities like as retiring room, waiting room, computerized reservation office, air-conditioned lounge, refreshment room, book stalls, tourist information centre, telephone booth and cyber cafe etc for providing great comfort to the travelers. Rail tickets for traveling to Goa can be booked online.
Bus stand is located at a close distance from the Madgaon station. There are many hotels near Madgaon railway station which provide comfortable accommodation facility to the tourists.
Airport is located at the distance of 28 km from Madgaon station. Important beach like Varca is just at the distance of 9 km, Colva beach is 10 km far and Majorda beach is situated at the distance of 15 km from this station. Christian Art Museum is 37 km far from here.
Madgaon station has become a transit stop for most of the people. Madgaon is also connected with other cities of India such as Udupi, Karwar, Mangalore, Ratnagir and Mumbai via road. It also connects to Ponda and other different towns of Goa.
An elevated rail system Skybus Metro’s test track are made into this city but later on the Skybus Metro project was scrapped due to an accident.
Main train stations in Goa are located at Karmalik, Tivim, Pernem, Madgaon, Vasco and Canacona.
If someone travels to Goa by train, they really enjoy the journey because train runs through many tunnels and greenery.
One should make train reservation in advance for traveling to Goa. Trains to Goa has quota of seats for tourists but only tourist can buy that not a travel agent and tourist tickets are available only at the station of origin. Online tickets can also be booked but travelers must have Indian credit card or bank account. Since Jan 2010, rail ticket for Goa can also be booked with foreign credit card but only ‘AXIS’ bank should be selected as payment option.