A memorable toy train journey during my tour to India
Hello Readers! I am back with another story, rather another memorable trip never to forget. How many of you love watching whistling toy train? I love but never got an opportunity to ride one. When I was in India, I was blessed to enjoy one of the most beautiful scenic toy train rides. Today I am unlocking from my travel memories about that memorable toy train journey. It was a thrilling and mesmerizing experience. Stay with me as I am sharing with all of you about that experience from the beginning.
Let’s get started…
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train to Ooty
Ooty is the most beautiful and scenic hill station to travel in India. It is definitely one of the unique places around the world to tour and travel. Generally, to reach Ooty there are nice highways for a comfortable drive. Our tour guide suggested trying out something different. It was that time I came to know about the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train to Ooty. Initially, I was not very keen to travel by train. However, today I remember the breathtaking experience I had during the travel. I thank myself for choosing this toy train ride through the mountains.
Let me tell you first some history of this toy train
This toy train was established by the British in the early 19th century to travel to this beautiful hill station. Ooty is the coolest place in this southern part of India. This toy train project was completed in 1908 and since then it’s operational. To my surprise, this unique Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site declared in 2005. This quaint toy train has wooden carriages, and it’s a preserved property.
From where I took the train?
The driver dropped me at the Mettupalayam railway station from where I need to catch this beautiful toy train. I was waiting anxiously to see the smoking and whistling train. After some time, I saw a beautiful train with blue and cream wooden carriages entering the station. I already did advance reservation, so jumped quickly into the compartment.
What is so unique about this toy train and the ride?
This toy train runs on the steepest track in Asia which slowly increases from 1,069 feet to 7,228 feet above sea level. This is also the single preserved meter gauge rack railway in India until date. After some time, the train slowly left the station and I was pretty excited to enjoy the ride.
The memorable toy train Journey
The Nilgiri Mountain track is around 46 KM long. As the train started travelling, I realized I was passing through a large number of tunnels and bridges. To my surprise, there are over 100 bridges that this train covered during the entire trip. I was spellbound looking at the surrounding Picturesque beauty. Undoubtedly, I got busy with my camera taking pictures of the surrounding stunning greenery. I discovered many rocky terrains and thickly forested hills throughout the entire journey. My eyes got the best shooting feeling than I ever imagined.
Do you want to ride this legendary toy train?
My words are fading out to describe the experience I had during the entire trip. It was my life’s most valuable moments I spend while travelling. If you are visiting India and interested to experience this amazing toy train ride, Click Here
Departure to Ooty: Train Name: 56136/Mettupalayam, 7:10 a.m; arrival Ooty at Noon
Departure from Ooty: 56137/Ooty-Mettupalayam, 2 p.m and arrival Mettupalayam at 5.35 p.m.