Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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    Location: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Mahanadi, West Bengal 734223, India.

    Estimated Visiting Time: 2-4 hours

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    The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway locally known as the ‘Toy Train’ is very famous among travelers all around the world.

    The short journey in this traditional train gives the visitors a stunning recreation. The train runs through the hills, slopes of the Himalayan and there are tea gardens on the hills which gives the travelers an incredible feeling of natural beauty. 

    Also, this place is declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

    That’s why people from all around the globe visit Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.


    This place is one of the popular places in Darjeeling. DHR is approximately a 2 feet narrow gauge train track that covers the distance between the new Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. 

    If there is one thing that you shouldn’t miss during your time in Darjeeling, it’s a ride on the toy train, you can surely enjoy it a lot. Otherwise, the view of this place is so beautiful and you cannot imagine. And these things attracted all the visitors so much.

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    Toy Train


    According to the history, the origins of the DHR date back to 1878, when Franklin Prestage an agent of the then Eastern Bengal Railway (EBR), proposed a hill tramway of two-foot gauge following the Hill Cart Road From Siliguri to Darjeeling and the EBR has interests in developing rail links to the town as they and North Bangla state railway operated the respective broad. Construction of the railway by the Darjeeling steam tramway Co commenced in 1879, the work being carried out simultaneously on unconnected sections to enable completion in the quickest possible time.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Darjeeling himalayan railway


    In this place, this 88 km long railway track is best known for its toy train which gushes amid the side of the misty hill and offers gorgeous views of the valley.

    The construction of this place began in 1879 and took about two years for it to be finished. The ride on the toy train at the n railway station is both adventurous as well relaxing.  The sunrise and sunset views from this place are another level of experience and that’s the best view from this place.

    This time this place looks also so beautiful.

    Opening Hours

    8.00 am to noon in the opening hours of this place.

    Entry & Others Fees

    The entry fee of this place is Rs 1165 each and the diesel engine-pulled train – Rs 695 each up from the previous Rs 400 each for both steam and diesel loco rides.

    How to Reach

    By air: Bagdogra Airport is the nearby airport this place and it is almost 96 kilometers away from Darjeeling. So after reaching, you can take a car or cab to reach this place directly. 

    By rail: Darjeeling Railway is the nearly Railway from this place.  You can easily reach there by rail.

    By road: By riad is the best way to reach there.  You can take a bus to reach Darjeeling. Otherwise, you can hire a car or micro to reach this place Directly

    Tips for Travellers

    You should carry water bottles and necessary things that you needed the most.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes this place is safe for visiting. If you have any trouble or know about this place then you can contact the nearby police station of this place. It will be helpful for you.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes photography is allowed in this place.

    Que-03: Is there any toilet in this place?

    Ans: The journey of 7 hours at a snail pace from NJP to Darjeeling without onboard toilet facilities can be uncomfortable for many and it’s not unusable for the train to run late.

    Que-04: What would be the best time to visit Darjeeling Himalayan Railway?

    Ans: March-may, June to early September, November-February are the best time to visit this place.

    Que-05: What distance does the train cover?

    Ans: The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway covers a distance of 85 kilometers (50 miles) from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.

    Que-06: Is it safe to travel by this Toy Train?

    Ans: Yes, people from all around the world along with the local people gather to have a ride on this train.

    Que-07: Is the ‘Toy Train’ journey adventurous to the visitors?

    Ans: Undoubtedly this joy ride is much adventurous for travelers. The ‘chak Chaka sound of the traditional steam engine train alongside the natural charm of Himalayan makes an adventurous feeling

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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