About Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
DHR or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which is popularly known as Toy Train is a 2 feet zigzag railway with looping technology running from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal, India. It is considered to be among the most beautiful and spectacular one of its kind traveling through lush unending tea gardens offering the breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayan Ranges.
It’s time for you to pack your bags and travel towards the “Summer Residence” or “Queen of Hills” and make hotel booking in Darjeeling earlier which are not so expensive as it is important for a good stay within a stiff budget. Let us now note the amazing facts about the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in brief:
1-First Hill Railway in India:
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DHR is the oldest hill railway in India as well as among the oldest in the world. It was constructed in the year 1881, and from Siliguri to Darjeeling, it covers approximately 80kilometers. The Toy Train has retained some of its original features and values until today. It was actually established for the easy access to the hills.
2-A UNESCO World Heritage:
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DHR was given the title of UNESCO World Heritage in the year 199 for its dynamic architectural style and concepts. It crosses 14 stations and more than 500 bridges and is enough to make you happy when you get the smell of the Champagne of Teas along with the dreamy view of the hills.
3- Ghoom -The Highest Station In India
Ghoom Station has an altitude of 7,400 feet and is the highest station in India and the second highest in the world. The train fare includes a museum entry fee which is here. It is popular for having the oldest baby engine which is known as Baby Sivok.
4. History Is Attached To It:
DHR which was constructed in the 19th century under the British Rule has lots of stories attached to it. If the legends are to believe, then one such story is that the contractor of the construction was depressed by the narrow loops as it seemed impossible to built lines there. When he discussed it with his wife she replied that if he cannot go forward, he should go back.
What she actually referred to is the contractor’s going back to England but the contractor accepted it the other way and built zigzag tracks.
5. Book It Beforehand:
As the Toy Train is among the major attraction in the whole world, it fills up quickly and it is hard to get a seat in the Toy Train unless you book it in advance. Very few people know that besides the main train journey, there are few joy rides and jungle safaris. You can book the toy Train for private parties and celebrations.
Q-What is the departure time from New Jalpaiguri?
A-The train departs at 8:30 am in the morning and comes back to Siliguri at 4:00 pm in the evening.
Q-What is the price for the one way journey?
A-INR 1285 Rs is the fare for a one-way journey and joy ride fare is INR 800 Rs for the diesel engine first class seats and INR 1300 Rs for the steam engine first class seats.