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Batasia Loop, Darjeeling

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Watch a large toy train pass through Batasia Loop, a spiral track meant to lower the gradient of ascent. This track uses tunnels to spiral over itself before eventually cresting a hilltop decorated with a garden. Explore the hilltop, which offers one of the best views of the town and the Himalayas. Follow the track on foot and complete the loop yourself, or just stick to the gardens and enjoy the views from one of the benches. Also, look for the war memorial in the center of the loop, built in 1995 to commemorate Gorkha soldiers who died in past wars. Put Batasia Loop into our Darjeeling travel itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The loop is an interesting piece of engineering. Sadly we didn't see the Himalayan railways whilst actually there but we did see it on the way back to our hotel. Great views from here  more »
  • One more opportunity to salute our army for their great deed. A good place to hang around with family. It has well maintained vegetation. Being around the periodically visiting toy trains is a differe...  more »
  • Toy train ride is a must. And this loop is the best spot. We had clouds all around and scene was astonishingly beautiful.  more »
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  • A memorial park. The Toy Train line loops around the circular park. During winter, the park blossoms into a flower garden. Very nice place to sit and enjoy the nature. And if you are lucky, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Kanchenjunga and Darjeeling side by side. And it gives a stunning view of the Kanchenjunga in the morning, given the sky is clear. I personally felt, this view is better than the one from Tiger Hill (Kanchenjunga looks larger/clearer from here)
  • WAS a wonderful location used in film Professor for song 'mein chali'. Shammi kapoor and Kalpana. Now destroyed by vendors.
  • Not much to see here. Instead of going here by car, the the DHR train which stops here for 15 minutes. Will help you save time and have fun. You do get de awesome views from here.
  • This is a war memorial, so don't look forward to an exciting tourist place here. Good lawns to sit down and relax.This places given you a lot of Darjeeling in just an hour. Watching the toy train taking a loop of urs, a cute small station ( probably the smallest train station I have seen so far ). Few telescope to view Darjeeling and few mountains. And then a vendor who offers traditional dress to entice you to create some photo moments. My kids who were 2 year old enjoyed all this throughly.
  • Must must see. Have a beautiful history from the time of British Indian. For details search Wikipedia. (The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. It was commissioned in 1919.)