As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the toy train in Darjeeling was inaugurated way back in the 1800s. Today, it's one of the only mini railway facilities available in India. While scheduled services operate regularly, joyrides are also in the offering and the sights along the way are awe-inspiring! A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride on the toy train. The toy train is also featured in many Bollywood movies.
Built to honour the freedom struggle and the various wars fought post-independence, the War Memorial coincides with a very important hairpin turn the toy train makes. An awe-inspiring view of the Kanchenjunga range along with a small market selling locally produced goods makes for a perfect way to spend an hour or so. Don’t forget to take your cameras along.
A rare variety of flora and fauna, perfect weather and green pastures all around make Lloyd's Botanical Garden an ideal getaway. It covers almost a third of Darjeeling and is eighty acres in area. The orchid plantations are beautiful in the rains and a couple of stalls sell export grade flowers as well.
Tea estate-hopping is one of the best ways to get around Darjeeling while picking up some of the best tea in the world, literally! Darjeeling’s tea estates are responsible for some pretty highly placed exports. Happy Valley Tea Estate is one of those places where the administration allows tourists a trip around the facility. All the caretaker asks for in return is a meager tip which is well worth the tour!
About 3 kilometres out of town is a majestic ropeway that takes you from Darjeeling to Rangit Valley. Singla Bazaar is on the other end and tourists enjoy travelling over the clouds and enjoying awe-inspiring views of the tea gardens below. A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride on the cable car which just happens to be one of India’s oldest ropeways.