To start with i headed directly to Darjeeling railways station located at Hill cart road to catch most awaited fun filled, exciting and renowned Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or Toy Train (a joy train instead) which is an UNESCO world heritage
The second day was to explore the city in one of the most historic way. We were quite excited and thrilled to hop on our ride and take a stroll of this hill station in style. For the kind information of the readers, it is strictly advised to book your Toy Train rides beforehand. As it gets extremely crowded and you might not get tickets on spot. The ride is very popular among the tourists that makes it difficult to avail tickets at times. There are options for diesel and coal engine as well as pricey and cheaper rides. We did our bookings online through IRCTC beforehand to avoid any trouble. The ride operates at different time slots. The details are available on the website.We wanted to enjoy the stay and not rush our trip. Therefore, we kept the days hustle free and opted for the ride at 12:20 pm. to 2:30 pm. It was a two hour ride from Darjeeling station to Ghoom and then Ghoom to Darjeeling station.
This 83 km. long section connecting Darjeeling with the rail head at Siliguri is of great importance and has been bestowed World Heritage Site status. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the first, and still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger Railway. Darjeeling Mountain Railway has Ghum station, India’s highest railway station at an altitude of 2,257 meters. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the most fascinating and captivating train journey. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the places no one affords to miss in their life time. Toy Train from the Siliguri, in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, to the hill station of Darjeeling offers views of Himalayan peaks as high as 7,400 feet. You’ll traverse through dense jungle, verdant valleys, tea gardens, and forests of maple, chestnut, pear, cherry, and cardamom trees on this two-foot wide, narrow-gauge line.