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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The original hill passenger railway of India, the UNESCO protected Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a triumph of ingenuity and design. Linking the mainline station of New Jalpaiguri with the Raj hill town of Darjeeling, the route winds its way through the rugged Himalayan foothills sensitively traversing this most beautiful of landscapes. Completed in 1881, with numerous innovative engineering solutions to counteract the challenging terrain, the route includes six zigzag reverses and three loops and peaks at Ghoom – the highest railway station in India at an altitude of 2258 meters. Riding the entire line from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling takes around seven hours but it is also possible to take a shorter route from Darjeeling to Ghoom which incorporates the famous Batasia Loop. Real enthusiasts can also take the overnight Darjeeling Mail from Kolkata which connects with the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in New Jalpaiguri.

 

Below are three of our tailor-made itineraries that include the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

 
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