The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the five Mountain Railways of India which is also the World Heritage Site. It is well-known for its beautiful and incredible ride. Hence, if you are planning to make an enjoyable and memorable train trip in the middle of unbelievable scenic magnificence, then you can opt for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway route which will give the wonderful natural pictures. You will see how the nature has overwhelmed its splendour here and your camera will love this awe-inspiring trip.
The Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways ride has always remained a popular experience to the tourists and it attracts a huge number of tourists always. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway run by the side of narrow gauge track passes all the way through some of the most picturesque and beautiful mountain routes in the world. You will love the trip as the journey presents splendid views of the mountains, valleys, forests, tea gardens and local villages on the way. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 2 feet narrow-gauge railway track based on a crisscross and round line technology that runs linking New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal, India. It was constructed between 1879 and 1881.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway line tracks the Hill Cart Road which is to some extent the same as NH 110. For extended stretches, the track is just on the road side. There are a number of little stations along the way. Ghoom is the highest point on the way located at a height of 7,404 feet. This is the utmost railway station in Asia and second highest in the world. You will find other stations like the New Jalpaiguri railway station, Siliguri Town railway station, Siliguri Junction, Sukna railway station, Rangtong railway station, Tindharia railway station, Loop 4, Gayabari railway station, Kurseong railway station and some more. A number of movies have depicted the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. In particular popular was the song ‘Mere sapno ki rani’ from the film ‘Aradhana’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’.
The sharpest curve of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has a radius of 69 feet. Although at the present, the diesel engines used which are faster and more powerful however the original steam engines still function in some sections of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway trip can be a trip covered by the Himalayas, in the course of tea gardens and forests and if you are blessed enough and the sky is clear, you can spot the wonderful Kanchenjunga peak. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway journey takes you as close up as possible to the tea gardens where you can know-how the appealing smell of tea. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway line climbs up all the way through a few mesmerizing reverses and loops. One of the most attractive of these loops is Batasia Loop which is situated between Ghoom and Darjeeling, which offers a beautiful panoramic sight of Darjeeling. It is located at the edge of the hill and Mount Kanchenjunga in the surroundings. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also crosses over five major, and almost 500 minor bridges which will make your journey a memorable one.