Darjeeling is among the popular tourist hill stations in northeast India. Darjeeling has everything a tourist needs to have a great time. From delicious food to a variety of clothing and from sky-kissing peak views to exhilarating toy train rides, everything is available in Darjeeling.
The main attraction of Darjeeling is undoubtedly the Toy Train. The Toy Train is the lifeline of Darjeeling as it connects this hilly region to the plains of Siliguri. The Darjeeling Toy Train or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 2 ft gauge track from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to Darjeeling Station and covers a distance of around 75 km. This Toy Train was started in 1881 and on 2nd December 1999, UNESCO declared the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway a World Heritage Site.
Darjeeling Toy Train Routes
(1) Jungle Tea Toy Train Safari (New in 2021)
The newly introduced 'Jungle tea safari' is a delightful addition to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway toy train routes. Starting from Siliguri Junction, the 3-hour mesmerizing journey takes you through the forests of West Bengal before reaching Rongtong Station, where you can enjoy a complimentary cup of Darjeeling tea.
What’s special about this service is the train itself. Pulled by a heritage steam engine, the train has a new Wi-Fi-enabled vistadome coach that comes with large glass windows, glass roof, and rotatable seats to give a seamless viewing experience to passengers. As the train chugs on the route, you are confronted with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding hills and the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary.
The 2-way journey breaks for a stop at Sukna Station where you can briefly visit the museum there.
Journey duration: 3 hours
Route: Siliguri Junction to Rongtong Station and back
Leaves Siliguri Jn. at 2:45 pm
Reaches Rongtong at 4:20 pm
Leaves Rongtong at 4:40 pm
Reaches Siliguri Jn. at 6:05 pm
(2) New Jalpaiguri: Darjeeling Station: It’s a daily passenger service route of around 80 km. Diesel Engine Toy Train is used in this route. Cost is INR 1420 in First Class and INR 1700 in AC Chair Coach.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Route Map
Darjeeling Toy Train tickets can be booked from the station window or from the IRCTC website. For safari and joyrides, you need to book tickets in advance as the train tickets are always in demand and remain sold out. To book Joyride Toy Train tickets online, you need to select from ‘DJ’ to ‘DJRZ’ or vice versa, and to book Safari Toy Train tickets, select from ‘SGUD’ to ‘SGUJ’ or vice versa.
The schedule of the Darjeeling Toy Train keeps on changing with the season and sometimes due to heavy rainfall or landslides rides get cancelled too.
Darjeeling Toy Train Station
Best Time to Visit Darjeeling
Darjeeling is mesmerizing throughout the year and can be visited anytime. However, monsoons are not considered to be good to come to Darjeeling due to landslides in nearby regions also, due to clouds Himalayan Ranges can’t be seen in rains. October to April are preferred months to visit Darjeeling.
How to reach Darjeeling
Darjeeling is easily accessible throughout the year due to good connectivity with the mainland of West Bengal.
By Air: Nearest Airport is Bagdogra Airport, which is approximately 70 km from Darjeeling.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, which is connected well with other major Indian cities. Distance from Darjeeling to NJP is 75 km
By Road: Darjeeling is well connected with Siliguri through NH110, and you can reach Darjeeling within a comfortable 3-hour drive. Distance from Darjeeling to Siliguri 65 km.
Best time for Darjeeling Toy Train Passenger Ride
Except for monsoon time, Darjeeling Toy Train Passenger Ride can be a great experience in any month.
Best time for Safari Ride
It can be enjoyed throughout the year; however, the monsoon is the best such that one can see lush green forests with clouds around.
Best time for Darjeeling Toy Train Joyride
Darjeeling Toy Train Joyride is available around the year and is best to have in winter. You can get a clear view of the whole of Darjeeling town and Himalayan ranges at the backdrop.
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