World Heritage Darjeeling Toy Train Offers to Visit Incredible India



Darjeeling Toy Train – World Heritage Trains

A journey by the Darjeeling toy train is truly an exhilarating experience. Though the 83 km stretch is covered in about eight hrs but the experience is beyond description. Captivated by the ethereal beauty of the Kanchenjunga, Franklin Prestage, the agent of the Eastern Bengal Railway formulated the plan for Darjeeling Railway in 1878. Construction of the railway line up to Darjeeling was completed by July 1881 and the earliest locomotive came from Atlas Works in Manchester. The Darjeeling Steam Tramway Company, which was formed later, became the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Company in September 1881.

The earliest passenger vehicles had canvas roofs and wooden benches. There was a first class carriage for six passengers, a second-class carriage for eight and third class open trolleys with side and end curtains for a load of 16 passengers each. The zigzag railway linking Siliguri in north Bengal with Darjeeling is a marvel of miniature rail engineering and girdles streams and tea gardens on the way to Sukana where the ascent begins. By the time it reaches Chunbhati and crosses the loop, it has climbed up to 672.9 m. The method applied in constructing this line had been first adopted by an Austrian, Chega, who helped the engineers in obviating the necessity to bore tunnels, by artificially lengthening the line by means of looping it.

The train strikes the first spiral or loop followed by the second in proximity of the 20-kilometer post. It is an amazing engineering feat, practically a double loop, for the rise from Rungtong to Tindharia. The third loop is around 22 kilometers away and lends an enchanting peep into the valley below with the Bhutan range in the east, the Teesta River and its Tiger Island in the southeast. The sensational point of the fourth spiral, the Agony Point, is reached outside the Tindharia station.

The tiny engine puts in its best effort while hauling one up more than 1,463 m to Kurseong. Smiling Bhutia and Lepcha women with babies strapped across the back, heavy silver trinkets oxidized by the air, costumes bright as a peacock’s tail, all add to the charm of the journey.

Past the wayside haunts of Tung Chutlinkpur, and Jorebunglow, one arrives at Ghoom, 2,257.65 m above sea level, which is Asia’s highest railway station. Darjeeling, the destination comes after six kilometers ride downhill from here.

Time Table of Darjeeling Toy Train
Train No New Jalpaiguri Siliguri Kurseong Darjeeling
1D 9: 00 Hrs 9:30 Hrs 13:17 Hrs 16:15 Hrs
3D 8: 30 Hrs 9:00 Hrs 12:00 Hrs
9D 15:00 Hrs 17:50 Hrs
Joy Ride 10:40 Hrs
Joy Ride 13:20 Hrs
Sukna Special 1030 Hrs
Jungle Safari 1115 Hrs
Tariff Structure
Train No Train Name Source Destination Distance
(Kms)
First Class Fare Second Seating
1D NJP- DJ SERVICE New Jalpaiguri Darjeeling 88 247 42
9D KGN- DJ SERVICE Kurseong Darjeeling 31 144
(Fares in Indian Rupees or INR )

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One Response to “World Heritage Darjeeling Toy Train Offers to Visit Incredible India”

Stevens Point Hotel:

Thanks for the nice information….i am really planning for a tour to Darjeeling….full of natural heritage…

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