The Toy Train from Siliguri is exciting means of
transport to Darjeeling. Innovative engineering
executed to perfection, takes six to seven hours to
cover a distance of 87 kms. It uses neither rack
mechanism nor cable as other mountain railways do,
but moves only on adhesion. The journey is
leisurely, but not strenuous it gives you enough
time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature
has provided. Passing through the forests,
waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the
mountains and tunnels it will remind you of
Bollywood movies Sagina Mahato, Aradhana or
Parineeta. Hindi filmdom recognized the romantic
potential of the Darjeeling railway long ago.
The important station enroute are: New Jalpaiguri -
Sukna - Tindharia - Rangtong - Chunabhatti - Tung -
Sonada - Ghoom - Darjeeling.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a 60 cm (2 ft)
narrow-gauge railway. It was declared a World
Heritage Train by UNESCO in 1999, becoming only the
second railway, after the simmering Railway in
Austria in the world.