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India’s Railway Stations with Highest Number of Platforms (Part I)

Do you know India’s railway network is the fourth largest railway network in the world?

Indian Railway is considered as the ‘transport lifeline of India’ and every day lakhs of passengers commute through hundreds of rails running across the country. To put it in perspective, the number of passengers that travel by train in India per year is more than the total population of India and it’s increasing every year.

The main reason behind this is that geographically India is a vast country and everyone can’t afford to travel in airplanes, buses can’t connect such a vast country. Hence, the train is the most preferred mode of commuting in India. In fact, India’s railway network is the fourth largest railway network in the world. Here is a list of India’s seven biggest railway stations with the highest number of platforms.

  1. Howrah Railway Station, Kolkata 

The Howrah Railway station, which is located in Kolkata, West Bengal is the biggest railway station in India.

The Howrah railway station, Kolkata is the biggest railway station in India. Along with being the largest railway station, it’s also the oldest railway station in India. It was established in 1852 mainly for British officers to commute and it was made public in 1854. There are 23 platforms, the highest in India and around 600 passenger trains pass this station every day.

  1. Sealdah Railway Station, Kolkata

Sealdah railway station is also located in Kolkata, West Bengal, and with 21 platforms and 27 tracks, it’s the second-largest railway station in India.

Sealdah railway station is located in Kolkata and it’s one of the biggest railway stations in India, second only to Howrah railway station. It was established in 1869 but till 1978 it was a tram terminus. This station is divided into 3 terminals, Sealdah North has 5 platforms, Sealdah Main has 9 platforms, and Sealdah South has 7 platforms making a total of 21 platforms. It’s estimated that every day 1.8 million passengers pass through this station making it one of the busiest railway stations in India.

  1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM), Mumbai

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai is the third biggest railway station in India with 18 platforms in it.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM), Mumbai was earlier known as Victoria Terminus. It carries lots of historical significance and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It was designed by Frederick William Stevens in an Italian Gothic style. Its construction began in 1878 and was completed in 1887, it was designed by the famous architect Fredrick William Stevens who designed it in Italian Gothic style and because of its design, it’s probably the most beautiful-looking railway station in India.

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