Best time to visit7:00 AM - 7;00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Things to doToytrain rides, photography
Best MonthsAll year
Rank7 out of 94 attractions in Darjeeling
This is a railway loop a few kilometers from the beautiful Darjeeling. The toy train goes round this loop and there is also a war memorial here. This war memorial was built after independence in memory of all the brave people of Darjeeling who laid their lives in various wars since the time of independence.
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Then I continued to Batasia Loop and it will take almost 20/25 minutes to reach there. The entry fees was Rs. 20 per person and I stay there for quite a long. This is a famous tourist spot now and if you are lucky enough you can also see be able to see the Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. Also the famous Himalayan Toy train is one of the best attraction.
Darjeeling War MemorialAfter Tiger Hill, we went to the Darjeeling War Memorial. This memorial honors the Gorkha soldiers who have fought in wars post-independence. The Batasia Loop garden, where the memorial is located is beautiful. If you plan on taking the toy train, then there’s no need to visit this separately as the toy train stops here.
Batasia Loop is a spiral railway located at the Himalayan range in Darjeeling district. The track is in a spiral shape all over the hilltop thus making it one of the most scenic railway areas ever seen. You'll find this if you're traveling by the toy train or on the way back from Tiger Hills. The spirals go around the open air Gorkha war memorial that was in built to honour soldiers who lost their lives in the WWII. It offers a Panasonic view of the Kanchenjunga mountain range and is quite a photogenic place by itself.TIPS :- Carry light woolen clothes for the evening. Eg. Pullovers , Muffins , Sweater.- Preferably wear a comfortable pair of socks and shoes as you'll have to do a lot walking.- Do not miss the Toy Train Ride- Avoid river rafting during the monsoon- Foreign tourists must carry their passport while crossing the Teesta Bridge. - Shop for jewellery , footwear and wall paintings at the Teesta Bazaar.- The bazaar is open every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.- Winter is the best time to visit Darjeeling.- Carry a good lip balm and lotion as there are chances that your skin may dry up due to the weather.Follow #explorewithrach and @rach_1910 for my Travelouges.
3. Batasia LoopBatasia Loop can be visited as a part of the Toy Train Journey but in case you miss the train, do visit this war memorial that was built in order to commemorate the Gorkha Soldiers who sacrificed their lives in various wars after India’s independence. The entry ticket is priced at 30 INR/person.
11.30AM – Almost all postcards of Darjeeling contain the picture of the toy train taking a loop turn at Batasia Loop. This place should be the third and final stop of the taxi ride before it takes you back to Darjeeling town. It is situated almost a walking distance away from Ghoom Monastery. The entry fee is INR 15. The Batasia Loop flaunts a circular landscaped garden along which the toy train of Darjeeling moves. On a clear day the pristine Kanchenjunga forms the park’s background. Walking around the park and watching the toy trains chug past is truly delightful. A war memorial is also constructed in the Batasia Loop in commemoration of the sacrifice of the Gorkha soldiers.The whole 3 point taxi trip for the above mentioned spots for a 4-seater private car+driver shall cost INR 1000 in lean season.
If you are travelling to Ghum from Darjeeling on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, then the mighty Batasia Loops will fall on your way. The Batasia Loop is a spiral track created to break the steep ascent in the route of the toy-train. Considered an engineering marvel, it was commissioned in 1919 and now holds a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of Indian Army who were martyred in the Indian independence movement.
Great View of Kanchunjunga
Batasia Loop is a spiral of a narrow railway track where the toy train takes a sudden sharp descent from The Ghoom. You will experience a wonderful view of the garden, streams and falls which will mesmerize you. It gives a beautiful view of Darjeeling's landscape along with Kanchenjunga.
Toy trains in Darjeeling are an amazing experience. Even if it feels like the most touristy thing to do here, go ahead. It has a very sweet, old-world charm to it and it gives you a chance to see the city slowly at ease. Also, a word of advice. Pre-book your tickets or else you will have to come back with only pictures (like me). It is impossible to find one on the spot. Batasia Loop is basically a garden made around a spiral route the train takes before entering a tunnel.