Thursday, April 3, 2014

Darjeeling Toy Train Mountain Railways in India

How many of you have traveled in mountain trains? Doesn’t it sound cool? Sweet sound of train whistle, moving slowly up to the mountain is the great experience in it self. Mountain train passes you through numerous exquisite hills, valley and beautiful hamlets built over them. If you are true nature lovers and want to experience thrill of mountain train or rail journey then you must try it once in your life. Through this post, I am going to introduce one of the best mountain railways of India, which starts from Jalpaiguri to one of the most popular hill stations in India, Darjeeling. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is listed in UNESCO World Heritage, and has been running for more than 250 years (from the period of British Empire in India). After the independence in 1947, this mountain railway is run by the Indian Railways.

Darjeeling Himalyan Railways

It is the oldest mountain train in India run on narrow gauge railway track from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling via Siliguri, Kurseong and Ghum in West Bengal, one of the states of India. This rail track has total length of 88 KM.  (55 miles) managed by Indian railways. This railway track was constructed by British Government in 1835 to the interest of East India Company during the British Empire in India.  Darjeeling Himalayan Railways offers eye pleasing view of mountains and flourishing tea garden moving toward the Darjeeling form Siliguri. It is also called as Darjeeling Toy Train, listed in UNESCO Heritage. The whole rail track passes through 5 major and 500 minor bridges, and one can also have great view of Kanchenjunga mount near the Darjeeling.

Darjeeling Toy Train Services

There are three main train services are run by the Darjeeling Toy Train (DHR)
Daily Train Service: It is general train service from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling which is run on historical diesel and steam locomotive, and also provides facility of first class and second class compartment facility.
Joy Rides: It is short trip service for passengers by Darjeeling Himalyan train that operates from Darjeeling to Ghum return, and Siliguri Junction to Sukna return.
Darjeeling Toy Train
Darjeeling Himalyan Railways
Jungle Safari Holiday Trains: It is an adventurous jungle safari train service by Darjeeling Himalayan Railways that is run from Siliguri to Tindharia return, and offers picturesque view of Mahananda Wildlife Sancturary and Z reverses. Seeing animals in their natural habitat is the best part of this train service.
Train Fare or Cost of Darjeeling Himalayn Railways(DHR) or Darjeeling Toy Train

Daily Train Service: It costs 247 rupees in first class and 47 rupees in second class.
Joy Rides: Joy rides train has total cost of 240rs INR with return.
Jungle Safari Holiday Train: Ticket booking is available at Siliguri Junction Station Phone No. +91-353-2517246.

Timings of Darjeeling Toy Train (Darjeeling Himalayan Train)

Daily Train Service: 
Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling: Departure 9am and Arrival 4.15 pm  
Kurseong to Darjeeling: Departure 3pm and Arrival 8pm

Joy Rides
There are two trains from Darjeeling
1st Train 10.40am
2nd Tain   1.20pm

From Siliguri
1st Train:10.30 am  

Jungle Safari
From Siliguri
11.15 am all days of the week.

How to book tickets of Darjeeling Toy Train  
Reservation of Darjeeling toy train can be done by visiting computerized reservation counters of the Indian Railways or you can also log into website of Indian railways:  Advance ticket booking facility is also available.