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“Must try !!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling, India
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Owner description: A spectacular narrow gauge steam railway is still operational.
Chennai (Madras), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Must try !!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Must take a ride from darjeeling station to Ghum station.Specatcular toy train and really wonderful scene in midst of fog.

Visited December 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

After a long gap of 25 years I was again back in the hills or pahar what we say in bengali but
felt just a bit gloomy because THE HILLS I have seen in 1988 have already lost its grace
and shine. In the early seventies when I was a child I enjoyed summer vaccation wth my father in the hills who was an dignitary in the N. F. RAILWAY, Katihar. What is still fresh in my memory the nostalgic toy train from NJP to Darjeeling hauled by the british built(0-4-0-ST, B CLASS) steam locomotives, by Sharp Stewart & Co Manchester, UK . The 9 bogie train was intercepted in three parts at SUKNA Rly. station, from whre the ascend begins.Afterwards, the three engines draw three bogies each, on the same track keeping a safe distance.. At SUKNA (533 ft), thre is a short halt for the engine to take water and fire coal in the furnace. AT THE 9th mile from Sukna the train passes through fine sal and toon forest which is a visitors delight. The unique features of the track are a typically British climate beyond Kurseong. Z's and loops, the unique way of gaining height in the hills and the cute 'B' class steam locomotives , which are, praised the world over by the railway enthusiasts. Tindharia the first reversing station on the line is reminder of the success story of the genius who made the fairy-tale possible.From almost 40 years from the begining, thre were four complete loops, and four Z Reversing Stations. The history of DHR dates back in 1878 when Franklin Prestage of EASTERN BENGAL RLY. proposed a hill tramway of 2feet gauge following the allignment of the HILL CART ROAD to Darjeeling. Ghum station is the highest point (9012 ft), and from there a descent for four miles down a spur to the historic DARJEELING( 7408 ft) station. If the journey from SUKNA to DARJEELING have been performed in spring or autumn, favoured with a fair
weather, then the scenic effects experienced by the traveller sitting on a DHR train window
are unexampled any where in the world.
The journey I was descrbing is now only found in the ralways pages of history,. Gorkhaland agitation, landslides, poor maintenance by the N F RLY
authorities have led the erstwhile ''glory of the hills " a past chapter only. Last year RAIL BUDGET2013 have sanctioned a good amount so that the regular train service from NJP TO
KURSEONG can be resumed which is available only from Kurseong to Darjeeling now
but till date a new budget on the door nothing have been done so far.

Let us try everyone to preserve the great heritage railway so that it cannot be an extinct
species like the Himalayan RED PANDA .Also the steam services should be restored which
is rarely available only in case of charter rides and special occasions, because the beauty
lies in the shrill whistle of that typical *B* class steam locomotives which was honoured as the
queen of the hill railways in India.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Most memorable in whole north east trip, this toy train live upto expectation, which we heard/read over net before visiting. Its like whole day trip to mountain top, very slow and takes you to heaven, well thats how we felt when train was going throw thick fog.

Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Kuresong to Darjeeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I travelled on the Himalayan Railway in late December. This is the only way you should travel too/from Darjeeling! Totally deserving of its official UNESCO status as one of huge best journeys in the world, the views are stunning, and the train is simply EPIC!

Latest travel advice:

Due to landslides the service is not from NJP, it is from Kuresong. There is a lot of general advice out there, but it could not find specific advice so I hope you find this useful.

There is no pre-paid taxi service or rail replacement service from NJP to Kuresong. But it is very easy to get to Kuresong. A taxi, after light negotiation is rs.1000 including a rs.30 road toll. The taxi takes 1.5 hours from NJP to Kuresong. It is very easy to arrange this at NJP and just demand what you want.

Kuresong has a warm, comfortable waiting room. The town itself is very charming, with a cake shop opposite the station to rest whilst waiting for the train.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a must do when in India, don't let the fact half the line is closed put you off, the effort to get to Kuresong is well worth it.

Visited December 2013
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John O'Groats, United Kingdom
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“Only in India”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This crazy railway could only survive in India, anywhere else and it would be long gone. An absolute must if you are in Darjeeling. Ancient steam locos, street running, excellent views and a loop de loop!

Visited November 2013
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