Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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Toy Train in Darjeeling
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The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR or the Darjeeling Toy Train, is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. Built between 1879 and 1881, it is about 88 km (55 mi) long and climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at NJP to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig zags and five loops to gain altitude. Darjeeling Toy Train is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the finest engineering feats of its time. It was also one of the first railways in India to be built using steam locomotives, and many of these locomotives are still in use today.


  • The enchanting Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its captivating beauty and rich history.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the majestic Himalayas.
  • Step back in time aboard the Toy Train's vintage carriages and relish the nostalgic charm of a bygone era.
  • Pass through iconic landmarks like Ghoom Station, India's highest railway station, and immerse yourself in the region's captivating history.
  • Admire the architectural marvels of the railway's charming stations, which bear witness to Darjeeling's colonial heritage.
  • Experience the unique blend of cultures and traditions as you journey through the charming villages and interact with local communities along the Toy Train route.

Frequently asked questions

The special features of the Darjeeling Toy Train are its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, showcasing its cultural significance, and its engineering marvel of navigating the challenging terrain of the Himalayan foothills with narrow-gauge tracks and steep gradients.

The Darjeeling Toy Train is called so due to its small size, charming appearance, and nostalgic appeal, resembling a toy-like train that adds to its unique and endearing character.

Gillanders, Arbuthnot, and Company were hired to construct the line, and by March 1880 the track was laid as far as Tindharia, and Lord Lytton, the first viceroy to visit Darjeeling, rode to Tindharia on the train.

There are 18 rides on the Darjeeling-to-Ghoom route. They run from 7.40 am to 4.30 pm.

Yes, it is advisable to book your Toy Train tickets in advance, especially during the peak tourist season. You can book tickets through the Indian Railways website, at the railway station, or through authorized travel agents.

Yes, the Toy Train offers different classes of seating, including first class, second class, and the charming open-air seating called "joyride" or "joy train." The availability of classes may vary depending on the route and train service.

The Toy Train operates throughout the year.

Darjeeling Railway Station is located adjacent to Hill Cart Road, ensuring it is easily identifiable and not to be missed.

The first class is INR 1400 per head and for the AC chair, it's INR1500 per head. We recommend checking with official websites for the most up-to-date fare information before planning your trip to Darjeeling.

For more details visit DHR official website: http://www.dhr.in.net/index.php

The Darjeeling Toy Train route includes the following stops: New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Siliguri, Sukna, Rangtong, Tindharia, Gayabari, Mahanadi, Kurseong, Tung, Sonada, Ghoom, Batasia Loop, and Darjeeling.

Currently, no ticketing options are available for travellers seeking to journey directly from Darjeeling to Batasia. Batasia Loop is an intermediate stop for passengers who have booked tickets from Darjeeling to Ghoom. At Batasia Loop, the train halts briefly for approximately 10 minutes, while a more extended 30-minute stop is scheduled at the DHR Ghum Museum along the route.

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Darjeeling Toy Train riding through lush forest.
Aditya Basnett

Charming Heritage Ride

Riding the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was like travelling back in time. The vintage train, chugging through the picturesque landscapes, was a nostalgic and delightful experience.
Darjeeling Toy Train riding through lush forest.
Poonam Das
The Clock Tower in Darjeeling is a charming step back in time. The tower's blend of colonial and local design is striking against the Himalayan backdrop. Surrounding shops and cafes buzz with activity, creating a lively atmosphere. The tower isn't just for tourists – it's a cultural hub where locals gather, adding to its allure. Whether you're into history or seeking tranquility, this iconic spot is a must-visit in Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Toy Train riding through lush forest.
Ditchen Tamang

Embarking on the toy train adventure is truly fascinating

Embarking on the toy train adventure is truly fascinating. It's advisable to secure your tickets beforehand to avoid any letdowns. Convenient taxi access allows direct station arrival. Steer clear of rainy days for the ride as dense fog hampers the view. The journey lasts two hours, and if you're with kids, it's a definite must-try experience.

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