Traveling through the dramatic Himalayan Mountains will become more affordable from March as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) has reduced the fare of the world famous ‘Toy Train’ service. The DHR authorities have reduced the fare of Darjeeling’s Queen of Hills toy train service down to Rs 200. The authorities have taken the initiative to attract more tourists.
Notably, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sanjay Chilvarwar, ADRM, Katihar Division, Northeast Frontier Railway, said all fares on the little train had been reduced significantly. It was said that the wheelchair fare on the train from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling was Rs 1,600 earlier, now it has been reduced to Rs 1,400.
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Air-conditioned first class fare was previously Rs 1,720, now it has been reduced to Rs 1,500. Similarly, fares have also been reduced for Joy ride services of the small train running between Darjeeling-Ghoom-Darjeeling. Toy Train fare with Vistadome Coach with Joy Ride Steam Engine, which was previously Rs 1,600, has now been reduced to Rs 1,500.
The DHR administration said the newly revised tariff will be implemented from March 1. Chilvarwar also said that in order to further increase the popularity of the toy train, DHR will hold a summer festival from March 1 to March 31. The festival will be held at Siliguri Junction and Kurseong and Darjeeling DHR stations in the Darjeeling hills region.
Cultural programs will be organized within the framework of this festival. The DHR authorities will include a coach from AC Vistadom from New Jalpaiguri in Darjeeling. In the Darjeeling section in Ghoom, all trainers will be replaced with Vistadom trainers instead of normal trainers.