Toy Train in Darjeeling Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a narrow gauge course connecting Darjeeling and Siliguri. The train ride is an experience of heritage, marvel of engineering and one of the perfect ways to adore the natural beauty of Darjeeling. Renowned as Darjeeling Toy train, the train started its operation in around 1881, and is one of the few hill railways operating in India. The railway was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Traveling to Darjeeling feels even better when you board this hill train. Moreover, Batasia Loop is one of the most picturesque places you will come across during your journey. You may also get to see the local markets, towns and bridges (5 major and 500 minor). Further, the train passes through some lush green hills, jungles and tea farms of Darjeeling. The mesmerizing view of snow covered Himalayan peaks and the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga would surely leave you awestruck. Darjeeling Toy Train Ride is one of the most exciting adventures experienced by visitors. In fact, tourists from all parts of the globe come here to enjoy the wonderful ride.
Joy Rides on Darjeeling Toy Train
Currently the UNESCO Darjeeling Toy Train runs 18 rides, the earliest one at 7:40AM till the last train 4:20pm. The timings and number of rides are subject to change depending on seasonal demands. Also, there are options of ride either a steam engine hauled toy train or one with a diesel engine. The steam engine train ride is most in demand, as it recreates the authentic experience of the heritage and the colonial aura when such toy trains where first created.
Toy Train Fares
Ticket prices for the Darjeeling Toy Train joyride are - for a steam engine train it costs INR 1,065 for a first class ticket whereas joyrides in a diesel engine train cost INR 695 in first class. The entry fee to Ghoom Museum is included in both these fares. Reservations for travel on the Darjeeling Himalaya Railway toy train (both daily services and joyrides) can be made at Indian Railways computerized reservation counters all over India, or on the Indian Railways (IRCTC) website.