Darjeeling Toy Train - The Best Way to Ascent the Mountains
Enjoy a piggy bank ride on the Toy train of Darjeeling
, which is one among the 25 most luxurious trains in the world and moreover, alleged by UNESCO as a world heritage site - making your this train tour a prime indulgence. The best way to reach the 'paradise of east' - Darjeeling, you cannot miss but enjoy this fantasy ride up to the mountain valley with mighty Himalayas at the backdrop that will remind you of the adventures of Thumbalina. A journey by Darjeeling Toy Train is indeed a joy ride that begins at Jalpaiguri and it takes about eight hours covering almost 83 kilometer. This will be your trip full of surprises as there are no tunnels through out the transition, abetting the passengers to enjoy the copious panorama of the marvelous hilly contours. This toy train will take you across zigzag railway gauges to some of the junctions that are renowned to be the highest points to be ever covered by an Asian train. The train makes a small halt at each station and gives tourist enough time to capture the entire environ into their camcorder and memories. This way reaching the beautiful hill-station of Darjeeling is perhaps more scenic than the town itself. Watch the lush green tea gardens where smiling Bhutia and Lepcha women with babies fastened on their backs, wearing silver adornment and costumes bright as a Kingfisher's fur, are engrossed in picking tea leaves. Long steep terraced matted grasslands appear as they have been carefully manicured, and the orchards dotted with purple, red and mauve flowers amongst the greens of the leaves adds to the flavour of the journey. The commodious coaches of the trains will take you across some of the best viewing site over the down vale.
Enjoy a Chook Chook Chukkar in the Toy Train
While on the train every where your eyes will travel, you will alluded by a photographer's delight but there are definitely some spots that you cannot do without seeing. Treading from the Siliguri you should see the blue mountains that act as a background for the teak and Sal forest while make sure you get down at Rangtang station to enjoy a view of the wooded mountains. From here onwards deep valleys and high mountain ranges begin. This is not the climax of your journey as there is a lot that is yet to come. Relish a closer view of the Giddapahar (Eagle's Craig) which gives you a chance to savor the view of breathtakingly beautiful valleys, hills and tea gardens. Your eye will fall short of consuming so much beauty, but the panoramic vista will not retire. The best experience will be attained when your train will run parallel with cars and other vehicles. It is really an amazing experience that you will not enjoy anywhere else. But do not lose heart after you are through with that part of attraction. A grand stupa of Tibetan Chorten is waiting for your stare through Sonada from where starts the not so amiable Senchel Reserve forest which has a beautiful topping called the Tiger Hill. This hill offers a unique view of the Himalayas along with the golden sunrise. And after this its time to reach the highest point of the journey at Ghoom that has multitude attractions to offer. Let your stomach churn a little as the train slopes down through Batasia Loop where you should pay homage to the memorial of the Gorkha soldiers. Hold on your breath, for now comes the icing of the cake which also marks the end of the journey - Kanchenjunga. This is the third highest mountain peak in the world that lies amidst the snowy mountains.
This will surely be the dream ride of your life. Darjeeling toy train provides an experience that you cannot bask anywhere else on the globe. Do not refrain yourself from this ride or you will be doomed of experiencing a journey that will stay in your memories of long times to come.