Best time to visitTry avoiding the winter months from December to February, as the weather may not be conducive.
Open hoursThe toy train functions all through the week from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm. However, do check with one of the tree agencies that sell tickets.
Things to doThe Batasia Loop makes for a great view of Everest and Kanchenjunga. Carry your camera to capture some great pictures.
BudgetThe base or starting fare for a seat on the toy train is around INR 360.00 and the amount goes up.
Best MonthsAll year
Contact+91 354 2005734
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples, Friends
Rank9 out of 94 attractions in Darjeeling
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or more dearly known as the Toy Train. With its narrow gauge trains of two feet, things do not get more exciting than when one is on a ride on the toy train. The length that the train covers is about 80 kilometers. The starting point is New Jalpaiguri in the district of West Bengal and the train goes past Siliguri, then Kurseong and Ghum while chugging along many loops and reverses. After having been out of service for quite some time, the toy train is now back in action and promises one a ride of a lifetime.
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Reviews of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway • 4
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.
Its once in a life experience
Actually a toy train as it has the narrowest gauge. The panoramic view of the forest hills and the valley from the train are awe-inspiring. It covers the distance of 88km from Siliguri to Darjeeling.