The toy train coming from Siliguri is some thing which is liked by the elders and the children regularly. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train.
It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has present it. This train passes throughout the Forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and during the mountains and tunnels.
Trekking In Darjeeling:
One of the well-known trekking routes taken by the trekkers is that of the Darjeeling-Sandakphu / Phalut trek. This trekking route is best throughout the months of April, May, October and November. Since through these seasons the visibility is clear and the weather is also hospitable. For trekking on this route one does not have to carry much luggage as the Gorkha Hill Council has offer trekkers hut and other facilities all along the route.
But it is advisable to carry your own sleeping bags. On this route the trekker must be prepared for all kinds of weather and high altitude mountain sickness. The trek passes during low areas and very high ridges so temperature varies a lot be prepared for all types of weather. Present surroundings might be very beautiful but there are some areas which have long stretches without any water, so carry water with you. Regular meals are offered. Guides and porters can also be arranged.
Phalut is also called the view point of the Himalayas and is one of the most important & well-known treks in the region. The trek starts with a small bus trip to Manaybhanjang.
From here the trek passes during the mountains to Sandakphu. Since here you can keep further up or you can return via Rimbik then to Darjeeling by Bus. One can also obtain a short cut and not go to Ohalut. From Sandakphu backtrek to Bikhay Banjang and cut across to Rimbik. But stay in mind that this trek is a hard one with no water or food in between.