Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DMR), also popularly known as the “Toy Train” runs services from Kurseong to Darjeeling. Well, the tracks go all the way to New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Station, but, few years back a landslide destroyed the tracks, and the services till NJP have not resumed since.
My original plan was to stay only in Kurseong, but my friend wanted to go to Darjeeling, and was interested in the train ride. I was not. But, Mr. Kang, the Manager of the hotel, convinced me that the ride was worth taking. And he had seen my camera, so, he mentioned- ‘The view is awesome, and perfect for photography.’
That sealed the argument. He suggested we book a car for the ride to the station, which we did.
Next day, we were up early and out of the hotel by 6:30 a.m.
Reaching the station, we bought the tickets and boarded the train, which soon filled up. I am told, during the peak tourist season, tourists even pay Rs.500-600 for a Rs.175 ticket. We had no such trouble. That’s the advantage of going during the off-season!
The train commenced it journey at 7 a.m. About the journey, let me just say I am thankful that I heeded Mr. Kang’s advice. I will shut up now, and let you take a look at the photographs. Hope they do justice to the view one gets to experience on the ride.
We so enjoyed the ride, we decided to return to Kurseong by the train.
Hope you enjoyed!