The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, part of the Mountain Railways of India UNESCO World Heritage site, is the oldest and best hill passenger railway in the nation. The 55 miles (88 kilometers) of track connecting New Jalpaiguri with Darjeeling opened in 1881, and the trip up to the famous West Bengali hill station has changed little since that first journey.
Travelers looking to ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train” as it’s been nicknamed, have a couple of options to do so. The most convenient option is to take the steam-hauled joy train (tourist train) on a return trip from Darjeeling to Ghum, a two-hour trip which departs four times per day during the high season.
The other option is to catch the train in Kurseong and make the three hour, one way trip to Darjeeling from there.
If you’re visiting Darjeeling during high season, it’s a good idea to book your tickets well in advance.