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Darjeeling Himalaya Railways
If you are on a tour to Darjeeling you cannot miss a ride on The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as Darjeeling Toy Train, is a small gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri Station and Darjeeling Town. Built around 1881, it is about 88 km long. It climbs from about 100 m (328 ft) above sea level at New Jalpaiguri to about 2,200 m (7,218 ft) at Darjeeling, using six zig zags and loops to gain altitude. In 1999, UNESCO declared the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways as a World Heritage Site. Steam-enthusiast specials are hauled by vintage British-built B-Class steam locomotives. The railway's headquarters are at Kurseong. The line follows Hill Cart Road, which is part of National Highway 110. The track is on the roadside for long stretches, and both track and road might be blocked by a rockslide. Since a length of the road is flanked with buildings, the railway line often resembles urban tramway tracks. To warn pedestrians and drivers of an approaching train, engines are equipped with very loud horns which train drivers sound almost constantly. The journey starts through the tea gardens, then travels through the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and then starts the gentle climb along the hills. The journey provides an experience which is extremely beautiful and scenic. Six diesel locomotives handle most of the scheduled service, with daily tourist trains from Darjeeling to Ghoom – India's highest railway station – and the steam-hauled Red Panda service from Darjeeling to Kurseong. The Batasia loop is 5 km (3.1 mi) from Darjeeling, below Ghoom Station. There is a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after Indian independence in 1947. The loop has a panoramic view of Darjeeling, with Kangchenjunga and other snow-capped mountains in the background. Though the journey between NJP to Darjeeling takes about than 7 to 8 hours to cover. You can also take a journey from Darjeeling To Ghoom Station by Darjeeling Joy Ride which runs 4 times daily and takes about 40 minutes from Darjeeling to Ghoom and the return takes 30 minutes. So if you are planning a Darjeeling trip keep half day for that.
Darjeeling tour plan for 2 nights 3 days Package Short trip
Day 01: Arrival At Njp Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport(IXB) And transfer to Darjeeling
Arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stand (Junction) transfer to Darjeeling - Nearly 105 kilometers 3 ½ - 4 hours drive – At an height of 2123 mtrs / 7000 feet lies the land of breathtaking beauty, sloping tea gardens with spectacular views of the Mount Everest is the Queen of the hills – Check into hotel – Evening free to roam around Chowrasta Mall or local Shopping center - Over Night stay at Darjeeling Hotel.
Day 02:Darjeeling Full Local Sightseeing
Early morning at around 4 AM drive to 8000 feet / 2440 meters through primitive forests of oak, magnolia to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak – While returning visit Ghoom Monastery, Peace memorial & Batasia Loop. After relaxing at the hotel, go to the Ghoom railway station for your trip to the Toy train ride. Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Ropeway, Tensing Gumpo Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center (Closed on Sunday), Natural History Museum (Sunday Closed), Japanese Buddhist Temple and Japanese peace pagoda is one of the Peace Pagodas designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. Happy valley tea state, established in 1854, it is Darjeeling's second oldest tea estate.– Evening free to stroll around the area. Overnight stay at Darjeeling Hotel.
Day 03:Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport/Njp Railway Station Transfer
After breakfast, Go for shopping for Darjeeling Tea, Woolen garments, etc. Check out of your hotel room and have lunch and then start for Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport/Njp Transfer. Your 2 Night 3 days Darjeeling Tour Package ends here.
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Darjeeling which used to be a small settlement during the British rule is now bustling modern city with all amenities and facilities. There are hundreds of accommodations dotting all across the town. From Star category heritage hotels, budget hotels and even home stays is available for stay. Darjeeling boasts of some iconic places of tourist interest like the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Mahakal Mandir and the famous Ropeway. Chowrasta (referred to as the mall) is the most famous hangout destination for both locals as well as tourists, the Glenaries Cafeteria, the Keventers, Planters Club, the tea garden and Tenzing rock are places worth visiting in a Darjeeling package tour. Also in Darjeeling tour package you should not miss the tour to Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Ghoom monastery. Unfortunately guests complain bout the tidiness and the congestion of unplanned development of the town. Hotel accommodations of a decent category cost you approximately 1500 rupees and above, but there are hotels at lesser prices but you have to compromise on the quality of rooms and the view.