A must-do joy ride in the hills of Darjeeling

A must-do joy ride in the hills of Darjeeling

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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Darjeeling is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. Darjeeling is known for its natural beauty so it is also known as a queen of hills. Darjeeling is famous for Darjeeling black tea. There are many places to visit in and around Darjeeling. One of the reasons why Darjeeling is famous for is a Darjeeling Toy train or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR which is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP), Siliguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The Darjeeling toy train was built between the year of 1879 and 1881 and it is about 88 km (55 miles) long. The toy train climbs from 328 ft above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 7218 ft using five loops and six zig-zag to gain an altitude. Six diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled service, with daily tourist Darjeeling toy trains from Darjeeling to Ghum. Darjeeling toy train railway station is India's highest railway station and the steam-hauled Red Panda service from Darjeeling to Kurseong. Steam-enthusiast specials are hauled by vintage British-built B-Class steam locomotives. The Darjeeling toy train railway's headquarters are at Kurseong. The toy train ride during the visit in Darjeeling is worth. People enjoy a toy train ride in Darjeeling. Visiting Darjeeling and not riding the Darjeeling toy train of Darjeeling is a kind of waste. The tourist likes to experience the Darjeeling toy train and it is an icon of Darjeeling. Darjeeling toy train ride offers a wonderful and mesmerizing view of Darjeeling. Every traveller likes to take pictures during their ride in Darjeeling toy train when they are in Darjeeling. One can enjoy Darjeeling toy train round trip which is almost 2 hours ride from Darjeeling to Ghum and back to Darjeeling via Batasia Loop. During this ride in Darjeeling toy train, it covers a distance of 14 kilometres. This is one of the round trips offered in Darjeeling toy train such round trips starts in the morning from Darjeeling and ends in Darjeeling. The number of Darjeeling toy train rides depends upon the season. During the ride the Darjeeling toy train stops for 25 minutes for a visit to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Museum. The entree fee to the museum is included in the ticket price. The Darjeeling toy train stops for 10 minutes at the Batasia Loop while returning from Ghum to Darjeeling. There are two types of engines depending on your preference, you can avail either a steam engine hauled Darjeeling toy train or one with a diesel engine Darjeeling toy train ride. The Joyride fare as updated on January 2020 is INR 1000.00 per person for Diesal Engine ride and INR 1600.00 per person for Steam Engine ride and the fares are for Darjeeling-Ghum-Darjeeling. There is no any concession both for the senior citizens and children of age 5 or above and below 5 years tickets is not required. The first-class coach can accommodate up to 17 persons. One can book the tickets online or can directly book personally from the Darjeeling toy train station.


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