Darjeeling Himalayan Railway UNESCO World Heritage Site

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was opened in 1881 (it is presently an UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town turned into the true summer capital of India amid the days when the Raj was administered from Calcutta.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, otherwise called the DHR or the Toy Train, is a 2 ft (610 mm) check railroad that keeps running between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian territory of West Bengal. Worked somewhere in the range of 1879 and 1881, it is around 88 km (55 mi) long. It moves from around 100 m (328 ft) above ocean level at New Jalpaiguri to around 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, utilizing six crisscrosses and five circles to pick up elevation. Four diesel trains handle the vast majority of the planned administration, with day by day vacationer trains from Darjeeling to Ghum — India's most astounding railroad station — and the Red Panda administration from Darjeeling to Kurseong. Steam-lover specials are pulled by vintage British-manufactured B-Class steam trains. The railroad's base camp are at Kurseong.

On 2 December 1999, UNESCO announced the DHR a World Heritage Site. Two more railroad lines were later included, and the site wound up known as the mountain rail routes of India.

The closest railroad station to Darjeeling is New Jalpaiguri which interfaces the city with all the significant pieces of the nation. There are various trains from urban communities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar and Kochi.

The DHR and its benefits, including the stations, line and vehicles, is possessed by the legislature of India and endowed to the Ministry of Railways. The Northeast Frontier Railway reported the railroad in a far reaching register, and handles its everyday support and the executives. A few projects, divisions and branches of Indian Railways are in charge of working, keeping up and fixing the DHR. It is ensured by the 1989 Railway Act and the stipulations administering open property.

Toy Train of Darjeeling Timings and Charges

New Jalpaiguri (NJP),Siliguri is the closest station on the fundamental between city line. Direct trains to NJP keep running from Delhi (approx 27 hours) a few times each day. On the off chance that you are going from Kolkata (Sealdah Station) the best train for you will be Darjeeling Mail (around 12 hours) running daily at 10:05PM.

From New Jalpaiguri, the renowned Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), referred to all as the 'Toy Train' finishes the adventure to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the first, is as yet the most exceptional, case of a slope traveler railway.It is currently recorded as a World Heritage Site announced by UNESCO. On the off chance that you intend to take the toy train to Darjeeling, make sure to book ahead in the late spring a long time as it will in general get completely reserved by Indian vacationers.

This course is exceptionally prevalent with visitors as it goes through some beautiful mountain view and has been the subject of numerous sentimental articles. The line has a progression of crisscrosses and circles to pick up stature and runs straight up a few town principle boulevards!

The 'Joyride' train works from Darjeeling to Ghoom round the renowned Batasia Loop, nine times each day – enquire at Darjeeling station. Costs Indian rupee 800 for diesel loco and 1300 for steam (March 2017). Joyride take two hours with 30 minutes stop at Ghoom and 10 minutes at Batasia Loop. Site DHR: [18]

A steam train additionally works Siliguri to 'Desolation Point' above Tindharia most Saturdays and Sundays. Enquire to Siliguri station. There is additionally an every day 'School Train' that leaves Kurseong at 06:15 arriving Darjeeling at 08:45. It leaves Darjeeling at 16:00 arriving Kurseong at 18:30. This is still pulled by a steam motor and is one of the most recent 'everyday'/common steam trains running anyplace on the planet. IR continues changing the occasions for it and it is famously questionable frequently running hours late.
Toy Train Joyride Fare (Fare updated as on January 2019
Diesel Engine Rides: Rs. 805/-. All first class seats. 
Steam Engine Rides: Rs. 1,405/-. All first class seats. 
1) Above are round trip fares Darjeeling-Ghum-Darjeeling.  
2) No concession in Darjeeling Toy Train Joy Rides to Children of age 5 or above, neither to senior citizens. No tickets required for children below 5 years.  
3) The fares of Steam Engine pulled trains are higher because they represent the original heritage trains and their maintenance cost is also higher. Fares include admission to the DHR Ghum Museum. 
4) A First Class coach has individual reclining seats and can accommodate up to 17 persons. 

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