Published on : Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Darjeeling Himalaya Railway (DHR), popularly known as the Darjeeling toy train that is also globally renowned heritage item has welcomed its first foreign takers on Tuesday after commencing services once more after an almost four-month shutdown.
The 18-member British tourist team became the first to charter the two-coach train hauled by a steam engine between Siliguri and Sukna that is a distance of nearly 16 kilometres.
A travel agency chartered the train for the British guests to days ago as news of this toy train resuming services started spreading, according to NK Narzary, the director of DHR. The toy train snaking along the north Bengal hills for nearly 88 kilometres is a British legacy and is exceptionally popular among foreigners. This train ride is believed to be the second most significant tourist attraction after Mount Kanchenjunga that is the third highest peak in the world straddling Nepal and Sikkim. It is clearly visible from Darjeeling.
Narzary asserted that they are optimistic about the idea of launching joy rides between Ghoom and Darjeeling by the end of October.
Restarting normal services between Darjeeling and New Jalpaiguri would be requiring some time. The chartered trains are hauled by steam engines and comprised of one first class and a general coach. Besides the stretch from Siligiri to Sukna tourists can now also hire the train from New Jalpaiguri and Tindharia that is a distance of 30 kilometres.