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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Built between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 km (55 mi) long. It climbs from about 100 m above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m  at Darjeeling, using six zig zags and five loops to gain altitude. On 2 December 1999, UNESCO declared the DHR a World Heritage Site.

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DHR Joy Ride

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway operates joy ride trips from Darjeeling station to Ghoom. One can book a roundabout trip which takes about 2 hrs with stoppage at Batasia Loop for 10 minutes and 30 minutes halt at Ghoom Station. The ticket also includes the entry fee to DHR museum at Ghoom. There are 4 services from Darjeeling 2 in the morning while there are two in the afternoon.

Read blog post: A must-do joy ride in the hills of Darjeeling

Tindaria Loco Shed

A loco shed was established in Tindaria approx midway the workshops are below the station. An office for engineers and a large locomotive shed is on a separate site. Above the station are three sidings, used to inspect the carriage while the locomotive is changed before the train continues towards Darjeeling.

Read blog post: Tindharia Loco Shed the only Loco Shed in the hills of Darjeeling

Jungle Safari

The Jungle Safari takes you through the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary located around Sukna and Rangtong station, and offers a breathtaking view of the valley. This safari is a great treat for the nature lovers. There are two or three coaches provided depending on the demand. The Toy Train is pulled by a 'B' class steam locomotive engine. This round trip toy train safari (3 hours) operates between Siliguri Junction and Rangtong Station. Rangtong is a small village on the roadside and at an altitude of 1404 ft. It's 16kms from Siliguri Junction.

Read blog post: Enjoy the Jungle Safari toy train ride

Sukhna DHR Rail Museum

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Museum at Sukna was setup in September 2005. This is the third DHR museum after the ones in Ghoom and Kurseong. There is a great collection of rare pictures and sketches at the Sukna Museum. One such sketch is of a Sahib (a white foreigner) travelling on the shoulders of four Indian porters who are struggling to carry him uphill on a portable seat (called dandy). The dandy once used to be a mode of transport in Darjeeling area. It's an 1897 sketch and the Sahib on the sketch is Mark Twain. One has to get the museum opened by buying ticket from the Sukna railway Station.

Read blog post: Visit the Sukna Museum to see the rare collections of pictures

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