Darjeeling toy train
07.03.2009 - 18.03.2009 21 °C
Wednesday 25th March 2009. No body can miss the toy train in Darjeeling as it runs along the roar criss crossing it in many many places. The train station is on the Hill cart Road in Darjeeling nearly at the center of the city. The train runs between New Jalbaiguri (NJP) and Darjeeling covering 88 K.M.in 7.30 hrs.It has completed 150 years of glorious service. One trai starts fro NJP at 9 AM every day and reaches Darjeeling at 415 P.M. daily.Another train starts from Darjeeling at 9.15 A.M. daily and reaches NJP at 4.30 P.M. The fare is only Rs.41/- plus reservation charges for 2nd class travel
During off season it has one reservation ,one unreserved and two first class compartments.Reservation compartment has 33 seats two rows of two seats facing each other. There is no parcel rack. Unreserved coach has no toilet. First class coach has 23 push back seats only. In March we went only half an hour before the departure of the train and got the reservation. But it depends od the season. They also have more copartments on store that they may attach one or two more if the situation demands,I think.
Darjeeling is at the height of 7000 ft. and one station by name Ghoom or Ghum, 8 KM from Darjeeling is at the height of 7410 ft. It is supposed to be the highest railway station in the world.Some say that it is the third highest, next to one in USA and one in China. We all (9) got second class reservation ticket for Rs.20/=( Unreserved Rs.4/= only) in the 9.15 A.M. train and first class ticket for this distance costs Rs.98/= It took 30 minutes to travel this distance looping via Batasia loop which is supposed to be an engineering marvel to boost the height of the train tract. On return, we boarded a share taxi for Rs.12/=each,close to the Ghoom station which left us at the Railway station in Darjeeling.
The railway also has Joy Ride Train in Darjeeling which runs every day two trips from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back. First trip is at 10.40 A.M which will be back at 12.40 P.M. and the second trip is at 13.20 PM and it will be back at 15.20 PM. It costs rs.240/= including free entry to the railway museum near the Ghoom station. This also can be reserved on the day of travel or few days before the travel at the Darjeeling station.