The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is a World Heritage proclaimed by the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the year 1999. It is world-famous and people from all over the world come to experience the thrill of the steam engine chugging train. It is only the second railway in the world to be bestowed the honor by the United Nations of being a World Heritage.
The Batasia Loop was made in 1919 and is a spiral railway track which was made to lower the climb of the hill. The tracks spiral around themselves through a tunnel and over a hilltop. It cannot be made out that the toy train has made a descend of about thousand (1,000) feet when it completes the loop through a large circular area. It is considered as one of the greatest engineering feats in the World.
There is a presence of a memorial in remembrance of the Gorkha soldiers who fought and laid down their lives for the country after independence in 1947. The name “Batasia” actually means “airy space.” The memorial was opened for the public in the year 1995. At a higher platform there is the presence of a monument and a statue of a soldier paying homage.
The loop gives a complete 360-degree view of Darjeeling town. There is no better place to get the complete view of the hill town. Along with the snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas and the gigantic Kanchenjunga the place is majestic with a fabulous experience. There is also an eco-garden which has sitting arrangements which look completely just superb.
In the garden, there is a presence of various flowers. As one comes out of the garden which surrounds the loop there is a market where various things such as decorative pieces, hats, cups, etc. are available. There is also a presence of good, decent restaurants and hotels for meals. The restaurants also almost give the same view of the landscape and the peak as from Batasia Loop.