Here are some facts you must know about the spectacular Darjeeling Himalayan Railways...
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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train offers spectacular views of the lush green valleys at 2258 meters & hence the train ride is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Toy train connects New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling and passes through one of the world’s highest railway stations, Ghum Railway Station.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway started to operate in the year 1881 and covers a distance of 88 kilometers by taking you through the exquisite landscapes of the hill stations.
The Batasia Loop is one of the major attractions of the toy train ride. Its one of the popular tourist attraction in Darjeeling that is included in the Toy Train ride.
The number of trips of the toy train is highest during the peak season which can go up to 20 train rides. Also, it may depend on the demand of the day.
The tourists are given two options of enjoying the blissful nature by riding either a steam engine or diesel toy train. The cost varies between INR 800/- & INR 1600/- .
First-class seating in some coaches of the Darjeeling toy train offers recliner chairs. There are two first-class cabins in the steam engine and three first-class cabins in diesel toy trains.
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There are almost 18 rides scheduled from 7:40 AM to 4:30 PM. The last train is from Ghum station and passes through Lopchu, Siliguri, Sonada, and Kurseong.
The best season for enjoying train rides is in the months of October to December.
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Also Read: 9 Beautiful Places to visit in Darjeeling.