The finest way to travel from Siliguri to Darjeeling is by way of the Darjeeling Himalaya Toy Train.
The surroundings of Siliguri are well worth a visit and just a few kilometres away is Kali Mandir, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess, Kali and also Coronation Bridge an old but impressive structure that was designed and built by the British in 1930.
The small train begins to move away slowly and travels through Siliguri, the buildings of which were constructed after the railroad. There is little traffic as only one train travels into the mountains each morning with another returning in the evening.
British engineering made this railroad possible, an eighty eight kilometre railroad connection to the mountain world of the Himalayas. The idea was to transport the world famous tea of the same name from Darjeeling, quickly, economically and safely to the coast from where it was shipped to the United Kingdom.
The passage through Jore Bunglow is so narrow that the police must stop the road vehicles so that the train can travel through the village without danger. Several jeeps gather in the narrow street that is cloaked in a mysterious mist. Finally we arrive at Ghoom Station, at just below eight thousand feet the railroad’s highest point.
Darjeeling short main street with its many shops and restaurants leads to Charastha Square in which noble buildings are reminiscent of glorious times gone by.
Thank you the Darjeeling Himalayan Toy Train for a unique journey and one which will not easily be forgotten!