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“Ropeway is a Hopeway” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Passenger Ropeway

Passenger Ropeway
3 Km From Darjeeling Railway Station, Darjeeling, India
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Ranked #12 of 83 things to do in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Ropeway is a Hopeway”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

if you need to kill time go here because you can easily spend an hour in the que and another in the cable car to and fro, nothing to do else at this place.

Visited February 2014
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Bokaro, India
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“good!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

for some experience you can get on the tram , if couple then its best on the way down it halts for 5 mins to visit happy valley tea estate if u want to .... but overall nice, just or a difference

Visited May 2013
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“Excellent..must have it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We went there on a cloudy day..but it was having a mystic atmosphere. The tea gardens from the ropeway is eyecatching. You can take photos at the point they will drop you..and after spending an hour or so you can return. The closing time is 4.00 PM.

Visited February 2014
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“Exiting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

A great way to se a little of Darjeeling, almost for free! You have to be a liitle advanterous, ropeway in Darjeeling...

Visited February 2014
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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“Wahooo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Its a fairly long walk from Darjeeling centre to this, but it can be combined with a trip to the Zoo/Himalayan Mountain Institute so makes a pretty good day out. If you're up for an even longer walk then continue around North Point and come back up the other side of the hill!

So back to the ropeway, put aside all thoughts that about 12 years ago one of the cars fell off the wire with four fatalities, so one has to assume that the now reopened ride has passed some sort of safety check.

You can't miss it - walking along the road to North Point there it is and its a fairly steep stairway up to the boarding point. A man in a ticket booth will tell you he has no change despite selling dozens of tickets at 150 Rs and stall sellers will not understand why you don't want an omelette, chai or momos (or even a beer) seconds after arriving.

There wasn't much of a queue - in fact none at all, so I convinced myself that after walking all the way here it would be such an anticlimax to turn back without riding the ropeway, so within seconds of sitting down in my personal gondola the door was latched closed and the staff manhandled the car with a hefty swing to attach it to the moving cable where it was snatched into forward motion while still penduluming.

There was no turning back now - having watched earlier cars being swung I was ready for it but when you're inside it doesn't half feel like it will never stop swinging - however as we cleared the first pillar the motion became a gentle glide which continued all the way down.

You ride down a steep hillside, mostly over tea plantations over a course which is something over 2.5km each way, and the ride takes about 20 minutes, making a 40 minute round trip if you don't get off - which seems sensible since theres nothing at all at the bottom apart from some houses and a couple of concrete tables with broken plastic seats. It seems on a busy day that if you do get down it may be some time before you can be returned to the top. Perhaps theres more going on during the peak season, but in February, nothing.

Altogether this is a cross between a funfair ride and a cable car. Just don't look too closely at the quality of the build, and make a note of that emergency number painted inside the cabin wall.

And when you get off at the top, make sure you follow the safety instructions of the ground crew who will point you to an exit leading to a lane which passes beneath the incoming cable cars - anyone over 5ft 6in tall will need to duck to make sure they don't get scalped by the next arriving cable car, but this is India after all where you're never far from a lethal accident.

Altogether it was a great ride - quite expensive for India but actually worth it - and I can only hope that some of their income is spent on maintenance, which apparently takes place on the 19th of each month, thus the ride is closed for the day - it would be a shame if this contraption was ever closed down again.

Visited February 2014
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