Riding the Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) is a coveted experience that the tourists cannot miss. Nothing else in Darjeeling can provide such an avenue for enjoying the astounding beauty of Darjeeling Mountains. Toy Train is in operation on narrow gauge tracks since 1880s and now it holds the UNESCO World Heritage status.
Sitting in the mini coaches of the toy rain which is pulled up the steep mountains by a small steam engine is a thrilling experience in itself. While passing through awe-inspiring landscapes the train overcomes most difficult moves, possible due to use of ingenious engineering skills.
There are available options of joy ride tours as well as regular transport services on toy trains.
A 2-hour toy train joy ride is available from Darjeeling Railway Station up to Ghoom daily. It is a round trip from Darjeeling. The train stops for 10 minutes at the Batasia Loop and for 30 minutes at Ghoom. At Batasia the track makes a loop around a wonderful manicured garden and the train turns by 360 degrees. Ghoom is the highest altitude station, at 2225.7 meters, on the Darjeeling Himalayan Rail track. During the stoppage of the train at this station one can visit to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway museum located at the station premises.
DHR Toy Train Heritage Safari is a holiday special which makes round trips between Siliguri Junction and Tindharia Station. These are available during the high season on weekends and public holidays. It’s a six hour joy ride which provides the view of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary located around the Rungtong station and the view of the valley from Tindharia.
Sukna Steam Special provides a joy ride from Siliguri Junction to Sukna and back. This toy train has a heritage steam engine. In 2 hour journey the train goes through the heart of Siliguri town and passes by tea estates. At Sukna it stops for 30 minutes during which one can visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Photo Gallery displaying rare photographs of the toy train since its inception. Get Tour package to Darjeeling in unbeatable price.DHR also has offers of chartering a Toy Train in which one can enjoy the ride with family and friends in complete exclusivity.