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“Better than the road drive”

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
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6-Day Private Tour to Gangtok and Darjeeling from Kolkata Including Train Ride...
Ranked #12 of 99 things to do in Darjeeling
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Owner description: A spectacular narrow gauge steam railway is still operational.
Chennai (Madras), India
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“Better than the road drive”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Originally the Himalayan railways was connecting the Newjalpaguri( from the plains) to the Darjeeling hill station Via Kurseong by a narrow gauge Toy train. Presently the service from New Jalpaguri to Kurseong has been stopped and the service is between Kurseong and Darjeeling only.( as on may 2013). Unlike the Nilagiri mountain railways in Ooty, Tamilnadu, which runs through difficult terrains and through the tunnels, this himalayan railways runs along the road to Darjeeling., But yet, i prefered htis train over the road drive for it was running very slowly and gave me ample time to enjoy the scenary and take photos and videos on the way. To do this, you have to select the left side seat from Kurseong to Darjeeling and right side seat from Darjeeling to Kurseong. I will recommend to travel by First class for the seating comfort and space. It stops at Batasia loop for sometime which has a beautiful garden to enjoy.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Gajarajan1947
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Margao, India
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“railway in darjelling”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Its worth taking a short trip by the toy train which runs through the city roads and all the traffic make way for the same

Visited April 2013
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Coimbatore, India
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“dont toy with this ride”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

the toy train is no big deal as it travels on the same road as your road transport and for this, all the hassel of getting ticket and seats.I would rather travel by the niligiri mountain rail (NMR)as it chugs through valleys,forests, tunnels, british bridges,streams and is close to my heart

Visited May 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Enjoyable Ride!”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

I traveled to Darjeeling with my family and booked afternoon joy ride. DHR is UNESCO world heritge site. Joy ride starts from Darjeeling station and makes a round trip to Ghoom and back. On the way it halts at Batasia Loop. One can see the train museum at Ghoom for free during its 30 min halt at the station. This train now has Diesel engine. If they had retained steam engine for Joy ride, it would have added fun and nostalgia. Overall it is fun to ride this little toy train.

Visited May 2013
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Bhopal, India
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“Nothing but disgusting”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I must confess that I was disillusioned after a real experience on this "Heritage" train. I booked a ticket for four, well in advance, for a joy ride on 25.4.2013.Children were beaming with enthusiasm as they had images of a steam engine in mind, chugging through Darjeeling and its outskirts.Bookings were made well in advance,anticipating rush due to tourist season.

On arrival at the Darjeeling Station on 25.04.2013,I was disappointed to see a Diesel Engine attached to 2 coaches at 10:30 A.M. Totally baffled, I inquired about the situation from the Station manager. I was told that this is the train for the "joy ride" and due to some problems, instead of Steam Engine; a Diesel Engine will be used. It is worth noting that DHR is having sufficient Steam Engines to cater to the need of Joy Rides and Chartered Tours. It was highly disappointing and discouraging to note that the the flagship of DHR: graceful Steam Engines, remain out of order and not available for the trips which tourists crave for. Can any one imagine a joy ride on DHR without a Steam Engine? Normal joy rides are available every where,in every Zoo and amusement park.

Here someone comes with a different picture in mind endorsed by glorious past of DHR, beautiful scenes and surroundings and of course chugging steam engines. I must confess that every perception I had about this "heritage train" was falsified and all the nostalgia and charm had diminished. Keeping in view the experience I had, I am compelled to say that the "Joy ride" is just an overpriced, hyped and disappointing journey and I feel that it is nothing better than a normal "toy train" found everywhere.

I personally feel that it will be a better option to go to Tung or Kursiong on a normal daily Diesel Train and enjoy at least scenic beauty if not the train ride. It was even informed that certificates will be given to the persons who board this Joy ride(http://www.railtourismindia.com/cgi-bin/dev1.dll/irctc/booking/planner.do?trainType=DHR&trainCat=DHR&screen=FromTrainType&pressedGo=&submitClicks=0&offset=0).

Visited April 2013
3 Thank AshutoshMishra
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