The finest way to travel from Siliguri to Darjeeling is by way of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the 'Toy Train'. The surroundings of Siliguri are well worth a visit. Just a few kilometres away is Ramna Kali Mandir, a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. Coronation Bridge, an old but impressive structure, was designed and built by the British in 1930 to commemorate the coronation of King George V.
The small train begins to move away slowly and travels through Siliguri. 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 86 kilometre railroad connecting the city 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 JoreBungalow is so narrow that police must stop road vehicles so that the train can travel through the village without danger.
Finally we arrive at Ghoom Station, leveling out at 8,500 feet, the railroad’s highest point. Darjeeling short main street, with its many shops and restaurants, leads to Chowrasta Square, in which noble buildings are reminiscent of glorious times gone by.
Thank you to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways's Toy Train for a unique journey and one which will not easily be forgotten!