Did you know that Darjeeling Toy Train or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has been conferred heritage status by UNESCO?
This train runs from NJP station to the township of Darjeeling and covers a distance of 88 Km. A visit to Darjeeling is never complete without experiencing a joyride on the toy train. The diesel engines could easily be 100 years old and although the ride is not as fast as your usual car ride, there is a certain sense of nostalgia and pride in riding these age-old compartments.
The toy train runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling and passes areas like Siliguri, Kurseong and Ghoom in between. Darjeeling happens to be the topmost point of the route and is located at an altitude of 7,400 feet above sea level. The toy train literally sways through the enticing loops on the hill ways.
One such loop is the Batasia Loop that is situated between Ghoom Station and Darjeeling. From this point, you can experience a stunning view of the town of Darjeeling nestled in the lap of hills and the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga in the backdrop.
Darjeeling Toy Train Joyride: Train Timings And Fare
Although we recommend you to book your joyride well in advance since peak seasons tend to cause an unwanted rush, there are several schedules that you can choose from if you have not pre-booked your seat. The first train starts at 7:40 AM and the last train runs at 4:20 PM. In between, 18 rides go back and forth. You can choose between a steam engine ride and a diesel engine ride.
A steam engine ride is more expensive than a diesel engine ride.
Steam Engine: Rs. 1405/-. This is for first-class seats only.
Diesel Engine: Rs. 805/-. All seats are first-class seats.
Booking Joyride Trains
Booking joyride trains is as simple as booking any other train in Darjeeling. You can book online as well as queue up at the counters for offline booking.