Originally the Himalayan railways was connecting the Newjalpaguri( from the plains) to the Darjeeling hill station Via Kurseong by a narrow gauge Toy train. Presently the service from New Jalpaguri to Kurseong has been stopped and the service is between Kurseong and Darjeeling only.( as on may 2013). Unlike the Nilagiri mountain railways in Ooty, Tamilnadu, which runs through difficult terrains and through the tunnels, this himalayan railways runs along the road to Darjeeling., But yet, i prefered htis train over the road drive for it was running very slowly and gave me ample time to enjoy the scenary and take photos and videos on the way. To do this, you have to select the left side seat from Kurseong to Darjeeling and right side seat from Darjeeling to Kurseong. I will recommend to travel by First class for the seating comfort and space. It stops at Batasia loop for sometime which has a beautiful garden to enjoy.
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