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Batasia Loop, Darjeeling – History, Memorial, How to visit

Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful and serene places in West Bengal.

The panoramic views of the lush green valleys and the streams attract tourists from all over India. Batasia Loop is one of the magnificent loops and a must-visit tourist attraction in Darjeeling.

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In this article, you will get to know the following points about the Batasia Loop,

  1. How to reach
  2. Entry Fees & Timings
  3. What to see
  4. History & Significance
  5. Places to visit
  6. Things to do
  7. Nearby attractions

So, let’s see each of these points in detail.

Along with that, I will also be sharing my experience of the visit to the Batasia Loop.

How to reach Batasia Loop from Darjeeling

Ankur P from Pune, India, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

You can see the Batasia loop while experiencing a toy train ride. You can also include this as a part of your Darjeeling sightseeing. It is one of the best places to visit in Darjeeling.

Batasia Loop is approximately 5-6 km from Darjeeling Town and takes about 15-20 minutes by car.

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You can take a cab from Darjeeling to reach Batasia Loop. They will drop you right at the ticket counter. You can ask the cab driver to wait while you explore the place and return to your hotel in the same car. Alternatively, you can also take a shared jeep.

We went there during the day when we were going to Takdah from Darjeeling.

Entry Fees & Timings of Batasia Loop

There is an entry fee of Rs.15/- per head to enter Batasia Loop. However, it’s free if you visit it as part of the Darjeeling Toy Train Ride.

Batasia Loop is open daily from 5 AM – 8 PM.

What to see at Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop, as the name suggests, is an open and airy space with a loop line that is a part of the Himalayan Railways. There are sitting areas to enjoy the views of the whooting toy train, making a complete loop along the spiral track.

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There is a beautiful garden with seasonal and perennial flowers which makes the beauty of the place more majestic. You will also get some amazing views of the landscape and the hill town of Darjeeling.

History & Significance of Batasia Loop

Batasia Loop was built in the year 1919 by the British to adjust to the sharp decline of gradient from Ghum Station to Darjeeling.

Amazingly, this magnificent loop completes the entire 140ft through a circular track and a gentle slope.

It is truly a very interesting engineering work.

Places to visit in Batasia Loop

At Batasia Loop, you can visit the beautiful Eco Garden to view organic farming and beautiful, rare, and wild shrubs like Rhododendrons, Silver Firs, and Gongo Biloba.

The War Memorial which stands in the middle of the Batasia Loop was built in the year 1995 in remembrance of the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the sovereignty of the nation since independence.

Cenotaph is present on an elevated platform and a statue of a soldier paying honor.

Things to do in Batasia Loop

If you arrive at Batasia Loop in the morning, you can also explore the market and enjoy hot Samosas and vegetable-stuffed pastries.

You can also buy different decorative items, bags, and stuff.

If you wish to eat lunch and breakfast in Batasia Loop, you can also enjoy the tasty hot Indian dishes in the restaurants. They serve North and South Indian dishes and you can even enjoy the exquisite views of snow-covered mountains from here.

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You can also enjoy the toy train rides in Batasia Loop with your dear ones.

Other attractions near Batasia Loop

AttractionsDistance from Batasia Loop
Ghoom Railway Station1.8 km
Peace Pagoda4.9 km
Japanese Temple4.9 km
Darjeeling Mall5 km

Batasia Loop is one of the popular sights in Darjeeling along with other popular attractions in Darjeeling.

You must visit this wonderful place and spend the day exploring other attractions in Darjeeling.

FAQs regarding Batasia Loop

What is the entry fee at Batasia Loop?

The entry fee at Batasia loop is Rs.15/- per head. However, if you are visiting it as a part of the Toy Train Ride, it’s free.

What is the distance between Batasia Loop and Darjeeling?

Batasia Loop is located at a distance of about 5 km from Darjeeling Mall.


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