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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Reviews of Batasia Loop • 6
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.