Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 2-foot narrow gauge railroad track that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling and is one of the most popular sites to visit in Darjeeling. The miniature train that gushes amongst the foggy hillside and gives simply magnificent views of the valley is the highlight of this 88-kilometer railway route.

The building of this historic railway began in 1879 and was completed in roughly two years. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to its popularity as a tourist destination. The Himalayan Railways Station toy train trip is both thrilling and soothing in character.

A trip on the toy train is one of the things you should not miss when visiting Darjeeling. It's no surprise that it's at the top of the list of Darjeeling's greatest tourist attractions.

More About Darjeeling Tourism

Darjeeling, in West Bengal, is situated at an elevation of 6,710 feet in the Lesser Himalaya. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways and the world-famous tea industry are both parts of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because a major percentage of the population is Buddhist, there are several historic monasteries scattered across the city. It is one of India's most famous tourist attractions due to its colourful scenery, tea plantations, perpetual weather, and hills. Because Darjeeling is the world's largest tea exporter, tea tourism in Darjeeling attracts a large number of people during the plucking season. During this season, ladies may be seen harvesting leaves from the fields. International tourists are surrounded by the perfume of the highlands. Darjeeling, which covers an area of 3149 square kilometers, is one of the most prominent shopping destinations in the region, with tourists able to purchase showpieces, clothing, handicrafts, and showpieces. Woolen outfits, designer outfits, and shawls are popular among tourists in Darjeeling.

People Also Ask About Darjeeling
  • Q: How to reach Darjeeling?


    Darjeeling has already opened up its heart to various cultures and traditions ages back, people from all the places have turned into this land of epic essence. You can travel to this beauty in ways more than one:

    By Air:

    The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra Airport, a drive of 96 kilometers which can be covered in 3 hours in a taxi or a shared cab. Bagdogra connects to all big cities of the country which makes it an easy reach even for a traveler from across the globe.

    By Road:

    The city is well-connected with the nearby towns with roads taking you through a scenic beauty across the stunning mountains landscape. You can drive down to Darjeeling from all nearby cities like Siliguri, Kalimpong, and Kurseong. There is a regular bus service from Siliguri to Darjeeling, a distance of 70 kilometers with a breathtaking view of amazing hills covered in a green blanket. There are buses from Gangtok too but the shared cab is more preferable.

    By Train:

    The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, 62 km from the main town. It connects all the major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Cochin, Chennai, etc. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways' famous toy train service starts at New Jalpaiguri and will get you to Darjeeling in about 7 hours.

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Darjeeling?


    Darjeeling manages to be as beautiful as the royal princess of the old times ornamented with its green pearls throughout the day, from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn, and till the earth completes one more revolution of the sun.


    Summers are the best times to be in Darjeeling when the days are not too bright and the evenings are calm down with a hint of winters in them. With maximum temperature not going above 25 degrees Celsius, Darjeeling is a surreal destination for backpackers in summers as the windy air and the picturesque surroundings make it all worth a lifetime experience.


    When the monsoon decides to leave, leaving the soil a little moist and the wind a little humid, Darjeeling decides to get prettier with a perfect blend of beautiful weather, clouds, and awaiting fog. In the months of November and January, there is dew on the grass, fog on the glass, and flakes of cloud wrapping you up in the arms of nature. Winters could be too cold here with a temperature going to as below as -2 degrees Celsius. So, if winter is your love, do not forget to carry your woolens.


    Darjeeling experience heavy downpours in monsoons and this could make the traveling a little tough but for the lovers of monsoon, no place on the map could fit in as Darjeeling. It glistens into a new life with droplets of rain making music while falling from the leaf of a tea plant amidst the dark forests of a lush green valley.

  • Q: What would I like here?


    Mount Kanchenjunga

    Darjeeling is endowed with the overwhelming Kanchenjunga range which is the third-largest peak in the world. The view of the tea gardens, rolling hills, and the horizon is sheathed by the mighty Himalayas. Darjeeling indeed offers the most breathtaking views of this range.


    Tiger Hill is an exclusive point in Darjeeling from where you can view the hills of Nepal, China, and Sikkim as well as the mountain ranges of Everest and Kanchenjunga apart from the platonic sunrise. 

    The Zoo and Mountaineering Institute

    The zoo in Darjeeling is the key breeding center for some of the most endangered species from the Himalayas. It has been lauded with international awards for breeding some exotic species. The key attractions at the zoo are snow leopards and endangered red pandas. The fauna found here is also varied. There is a mountaineering institute adjacent to the zoo and there are only two of these in the whole of the country. 

    The Ropeway

    This not just happens to be the longest cable car ride in Asia but is also the one that passes through the rolling tea estates. The entire ride will take about 40 minutes with Sikkim on the right and tea estates right below you. 

    The Walks

    Short hikes around the town to explore the tiny tea stalls, hidden trails and the monasteries of Darjeeling can help you understand the non-touristy side of Darjeeling.

    The Joy Ride

    The steam engine of Darjeeling is really very special. It has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage and spans for about 2 hours. This is indeed going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

    The Food

    Darjeeling has its own authentic cuisine that deserves a try. The food here is a unique potpourri of flavors from Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan food. Restaurants in Darjeeling range from the British-era cafes to the small wooden structures serving nothing but hot and spicy momos. Be it the full-scale English breakfast or the kinds of pasta and the authentic Nepali meals, you can get it all in Darjeeling. Do you know what’s better? You’ll never find bad food in Darjeeling. 


    Yes, TEA! We all know what Darjeeling is fondly popular for across the globe? Tea! Some of the choicest teas in the world are extracted from these hills.

  • Q: Is Darjeeling safe?


    Darjeeling is a safe place to travel in all seasons. One should just avoid late-night walks or going to secluded areas at night.

  • Q: How to commute in the city?


    The best option to explore any hill is to stroll down the place on your feet capturing all that it has stored for ages in its girth.

    There are other transport options that keep Darjeeling moving like private or reserved taxis, shared taxis (operating on per person fare), public buses, etc. Even the toy trains of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway serve as local transportation on specific routes.

  • Q: How far is Darjeeling from Gangtok?


    The distance between Darjeeling and Gangtok is 96.8 kilometers which can be covered in 3 hours 45 minutes.

  • Q: What are the languages spoken in Darjeeling?


    Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, and English are the prevailing languages of Darjeeling. Nepali (which is spoken by more than 70% of the population in Darjeeling, Kurseong, and Mirik subdivisions) is the dominant language in the hills.

  • Q: What is the must try cuisine in Darjeeling?


    Darjeeling’s mixed culture is a blessing for all the foodies out there. You will find all sorts of cuisines starting from Tibetan, Chinese, Continental, Thai, and Nepali food available in the many restaurants that line the hill.

  • Q: What is the must try cuisine in Darjeeling?


    Darjeeling’s mixed culture is a blessing for all the foodies out there. You will find all sorts of cuisines starting from Tibetan, Chinese, Continental, Thai, and Nepali food available in the many restaurants that line the hill.

  • Q: Where should I shop in Darjeeling?


    Darjeeling Tea Plantations: Darjeeling is most famous for its black tea. Prices may start from ?500 a kilo and start climbing as the varieties of tea get more exotic.

    Nehru Road and Mall Road: The streets of Darjeeling are known for shops that sell woolen clothes, hand-woven clothes, handicrafts, and of course miniature souvenirs of the beloved Toy Train.

  • Q: What are some places to visit near Darjeeling?


    Kalimpong, Jaldhaka, Kurseong, Mirik, Rajabhatkawa, Lataguri, Jalpaiguri, Lachung, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Dooars, and many more.

    Consumed with mesmerizing valleys, hills, and alpine trees, Darjeeling and its neighboring places to visit are one of the most attractive destinations with a distinct assortment of tourist spots to explore in India. From Jaldhaka to Kurseong, the neighboring towns of Darjeeling are embedded with dazzling landscapes, glamorous valleys, and an array of adventures to embark upon. 

    From the rich collection of enigmatic wildlife creatures at the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary to the enthralling hills and lakes found in Mirik and more, the towns around Darjeeling are simply a delight for every holidaymaker and nature enthusiast to visit. 

    Places around Darjeeling also carry a rich cultural aspect and heritage that has remained in the locals for centuries. Learning about these is an exciting journey in itself. In other words, Darjeeling and its neighboring places are what you can call the perfect holiday destinations.