Toy Train – Darjeeling UNESCO World Heritage Site in India
Darjeeling, the exotic hill station located at 6800 above sea level in West Bengal is connected to the plains by means of a 2 feet gauge, 83 km long railway line on which runs a beautiful toy train. This toy train has achieved worldwide fame for engineering excellence, wonderful landscape and touristic attraction. This train is still hauled by small steam engine which were built in the early 20th century.
Toy Train – Darjeeling a UNESCO World heritage site
For a die-hard rail enthusiast, a trip to India is incomplete without a ride on this unique toy train. It is expected that UNESCO will soon be encrypting this railway system as 22nd World Heritage Site of The country.
About Darjeeling :
Nested in the Himalayas, Darjeeling is situated at an altitude of 2134 metres. The name of the town has been derived from “Dorje Ling” meaning the place of Dorje-the Mystic.
To most international visitors, the name Darjeeling brings to mind, the best quality ‘tea’ in the world. Bearing testimony to this, are over 70 tea gardens close to town. The Darjeeling Toy Train (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999) chugs along from New Jalpaiguri and reaches Darjeeling after travelling through jungles, rice paddies, tea gardens and pine forests, making this “a journey to remember”.
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