Romantic Train Journey
Darjeeling Himalayan Train Tour
The railway line from Siliguri to the beautiful
hill section of Darjeeling is considered an engineering feat and
passes through very picturesque country.
The railway line is laid more or less on the same alignment as the
Hill Cart road, which criss-crosses the line at several locations. Out
of a total of 87.48 km, 64 km are on the same road bench. The actual
climb starts from Sukna encountering steep gradients and curves all
the way long. There are some peculiar features to be marked during the
journey. The train passes through dense forest from Sukna and it chugs
along the hill slopes and at places where a clear path is not
available. The climb is through reverse and loops. There are 5 such
reverses, 3 loops, the most famous being the Batasia Loop between Ghum
and Darjeeling. Apart from this, the section has 5 major, 498 minor
bridges and 177 unmanned level crossings. There are 14 stations
including New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling with an average inter distance
of 6 to 7 km. except between Siliguri and Sukna where the distance is
over 10 km. Ghum station is the second highest railway station in the
world to be reached by steam locomotive.
Rajdhani Express Train: India's superfast, fully
air-conditioned train gives you the unique opportunity of experiencing
Indian Railways at its best. Indian & continental cuisine, soft music
and train's rhythmic movements provide a comfortable journey. These
trains link New Delhi with other state capitals.
Day 1 - Delhi
Arrival and transfer from airport to your hotel.
Day 2 - Delhi
Old and New Delhi sightseeing including a visit to the National
Rail Museum (closed on Mondays).
Day 3 - Delhi/New Jalpaiguri
In the afternoon depart by Rajdhani Express Train (20 hrs).
Day 4 - New Jalpaiguri / Siliguri
Upon arrival in the morning transfer to hotel in Siliguri.
Afternoon visit the New Jalpaiguri loco shed. Watch the engine
drivers preparing the engines, some of which were originally built
Day 5 - Siliguri / Kurseong / Darjeeling
Morning proceed by the Toy Train to Darjeeling. Your car will
run parallel to the train, giving you ample opportunity to take
photographs by changing the ride between car and train.
Day 6 - Darjeeling
Early morning proceed to Tiger Hill to see the breath-taking
view of Kanchenjunga range of Himalayas at the time of Sunrise. On
the way back, take the toy train (40 min) being pulled by a steam
engine. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7 - Darjeeling
Day to explore Darjeeling's colonial heritage and the Tea
Day 8 - Darjeeling
Day at leisure.
Day 9 - Darjeeling / Gangtok
Drive through stunning scenery to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim.
Check into your hotel.
Day 10 - Gangtok
Morning visit Tashi view Point. Afternoon visit Enchey monastery
with its collection of exquisite images and religious objects.
Day 11 - Gangtok
Morning excursion to Rumtek Monastery, Tibetology & Do Drul
Chorten. Afternoon free.
Day 12 - Gangtok / Siliguri
Drive to Siliguri. Afternoon free.
Day 13 - Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri
By noon check out and transfer to New Jalpaiguri Railway
station. Depart by Rajdthani Express Train.
Day 14 - Delhi
Late morning arrive Delhi. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 15 - Depart Delhi
Transfer to Airport for your onward flight.
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