Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Hill Station

West Bengal

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Undoubtedly, Darjeeling is a breathtakingly beautiful tourist destination which attracts thousands of people each year. You should definitely visit the place and explore the beauty of its tea gardens. Apart from the tea gardens, one of the highlighting features of the place is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also known as the Toy Train. 

This train is responsible for transporting the passengers via the lower parts of Himalayan range to the lush green and vibrant tea plantations of Darjeeling. What is interesting is that it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. For anyone who loves to explore unique places, a visit to this place is an absolute must. 

The spring season or the early summer season is an ideal time to explore Darjeeling. During this time, the overall temperature is very pleasant and is convenient for sightseeing activities. If you want, you can book the train from the official site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

History of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Gillanders, Arbuthnot and Company were hired for the purpose of constructing this railway line and by 1880 March, the company had done their job covering the regions till Tindharia village. It is said that the first Viceroy, Lord Lytton had visited Darjeeling on this train. Although the train originally followed the route to Hill Cart Road, the steepness of the place was more than what could be handled by these locomotives. Thus, in 1882, four loops were particularly laid between Sukna and Gayabari. This line was further extended to the Bazar of Darjeeling by 1886.

Major Attractions in and Around Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

1. Tiger Hill

Know how the very first rays of the sun hitting the twin peaks of Kangchenjunga feel like by visiting the Tiger Hill. The charm of this place is simply terrific. You won't be able to forget the sight of the sun rising from behind the mountains amid the cotton clouds.

2. Batasia Loop

Located at a distance of 5km from Darjeeling. The Batasia Loop is specifically a spiral railway track where the toy train can take a complete 360-degree turn descending around 140 ft as it completes the loop through a large circular area.

3. Nightingale Park

The nightingale Park was also known as The Shrubbery is an ideal spot for spending quality time with your loved ones. It is open till 8 pm and the visitors have to pay a minor entry fee of INR 10.

4. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

This institute is known as HMI Darjeeling. The very purpose of this institute is to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport within India. Here, the students can find courses ranging from basic to advanced levels.

5. Peace Pagoda

This is the kind of place to explore if you are a spiritual enthusiast. As per history, the foundation of Peace Pagoda was laid on November 3 by Nichidatsu Fujii. And according to the Lotus Sutra, the appearance of the pagoda in itself is no less than an embodiment of Lord Buddha.

How to Reach Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

One can venture to Darjeeling from Delhi by covering a distance of 1517 km, 2565 km from Bangalore, 2267 km from Chennai, and 2341.6 km from Mumbai.

By Air

If planning to go by air, then flights to Bagdogra Airport can assist you the best as it is merely 96 km away from Darjeeling. After reaching there, you can get a taxi or cab to cover the rest distance in nearly 3 hours (depending upon the traffic and weather conditions).

  • From Delhi. Board Air Asia, IndiGo, Jet Airways flights from Delhi Airport. The airfares may cost you around INR 4780-7400
  • From Kochi. Board from Cochin Airport at Air Asia India or Spicejet flights. The fare for these flights will be around INR 7200-9200

By Train

Darjeeling Himalayan Railways department administers the Darjeeling railway station. The nearest railway station to Darjeeling lies in New Jalpaiguri that is 62 km away from there. Considering the DHR toy train service, you must know that it begins from New Jalpaiguri and takes you to Darjeeling at a pace of 30 miles per hour. This journey of 7 hours can endow you with countless moments to capture the Mt. Kanchenjunga memories in the lens of your camera.

  • From Patliputra. Board NDLS DBRG SPL from Patliputra Railway station and deboard at New Jalpaiguri.
  • From Kolkata. Board HWH GHY SPL from Howrah Junction and deboard at New Jalpaiguri.

By Road

Though you can get a wide range of travel conveyances to reach Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the bus services from its nearby cities like Siliguri (70 km away), Kurseong (31 km), and Kalimpong (50 km) are quite slow there. A shared cab can become your best partner to reach Darjeeling from nearby cities after reaching Gangtok in the first place.

  • From Bhubaneshwar. 1043.1 km from NH16
  • From Howrah. 612.4 km from NH12

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.

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