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“pollution from train gives one bronchitis” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
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6-Day Private Tour to Gangtok and Darjeeling from Kolkata Including Train Ride...
Ranked #12 of 96 things to do in Darjeeling
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Owner description: A spectacular narrow gauge steam railway is still operational.
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“pollution from train gives one bronchitis”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

the train ride itself is quite short. the train is interestingand its fun how the tracks run right through the towns and villages, but the fumes and smoke are atrocious and make your lungs burn.

Visited November 2012
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“The current trip is not worth your time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Due to landslides on the track in 2010, the toy train operates only between Darjeeling and Ghum. That journey is just 7 km and takes 40 minutes. The rail museum at Ghum appears to be closed as well so there's really not much to do there. The train goes over a crowded commercial and residential mishmash route, and there is no charm in it at all. Till the tracks are repaired (no ETA as of now) it seems like a better idea to go by road to the Batasia Loop and hang around the garden till the toy train appears. You get good pictures of it in those surroundings without the hassle of actually boarding it for a very ordinary journey. If you really must take the train, as there are limited seats (around 20 in each of 2 coaches) book well in advance at any computerised counter of the Indian Railways in India.

Visited November 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“If you have time and like a sllllllooooow ride!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

We wanted to do the joyride on our visit to Darjeeling. But on the first day we got in, we spotted the train in Ghoom. It is picturesque and quaint- but very very slow. People were getting in on a moving train along the way! And the next day, we actually followed the Kurseong train part of our way to Kurseong and overtook it. It is very interesting to see how people use these tracks when the train is not in operation.
The Darjeeling-Ghoom-Darjeeling stretch takes 3-4 hours (it is just 6-7 km away- at the most 30-45 minutes by jeep given the hilly terrain and traffic). The views from the train are the same as from the road. People who find such slow rides relaxing or have time to kill and children(it is a toy train!) may really enjoy it. It is important to get the tickets ahead of time.

Visited November 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“Is a short ride a thrill?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

The train is cute and all but it's more fun to see it from a jeep than ride it. You will actually see as much of Darjeeling and Ghoom without riding the train.

Visited November 2012
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Hyderabad, India
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“Breathtaking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is one of the experiences you ought to have if you are in this parts... Do book your ticket in advance on IRCTC... It's a bit tricky to find this train as the source and destination are the same... Use DJ as source and DJRZ as destination. The search result would then give you the "joyride"...

What strikes you is that how some people with hand tools built such a track way back in the late 1800s...

Visited October 2012
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