The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), better known as the Darjeeling Toy Train, has scrapped the second class coaches in the daily service running between New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and Darjeeling. Now only trains with first class coaches will run on this route. As a result the fares have also gone up. Passengers will now have to pay ₹1,285 per head for the one-way journey. DHR has also revised the fares for the 11 services it runs from Darjeeling. Of these, most of the joy rides are offered in trains pulled by a steam engine and some others in trains pulled by diesel locomotives. The other two services include one train to Kurseong and another to NJP. In 1999, DHR was recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the second railway in the world to be thus awarded. Now it is clubbed under the Mountain Railways of India inscription of Unesco World Heritage sites along with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and Kalka Shimla Railway.
If you are staying at The Elgin, Darjeeling, you can directly organize your tickets form the hotel reception for a fun filled ride from Darjeeling station to the Ghoom Railway Station. Which is the highest railway station in India and the 2nd highest railway station in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 2,225.7m (7,407ft) and 6km from Darjeeling. The toy train offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga Range.
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