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Darjeeling

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India

The romantic eight-hour trip on this whimsical Lilliputian “Toy Train” from the Siliguri, in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, to the hill station of Darjeeling offers views of Himalayan peaks as high as 7,400 feet. You’ll traverse through dense jungle, verdant valleys, tea gardens, and forests of maple, chestnut, pear, cherry, and cardamom trees on this two-foot wide, narrow-gauge line.

Train Trivia: This star attraction of Darjeeling has been featured in Bollywood blockbusters such as Aradhana, Parineeta, Sagina Mahato, and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman.

One-way tickets from $1.

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