Darjeeling

Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills”, provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature.

It is certainly that Darjeeling in the postmodern era comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise.

Tiger Hill located in Darjeeling, the highest railway station in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mt. Kangchenjunga together. Panorama of the Kangchenjunga massif from Darjeeling’s Tiger Hill. At sunrise, the peaks of Kangchenjunga are illuminated before the sun is seen at lower elevations.

This is the land of the muscatel flavored Darjeeling tea revered by connoisseurs across the globe. This is the land of the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway where the century old miniature steam engine still chugs uphill vying for space with the fast disappearing Land Rovers.

Darjeeling railway station is a main railway station in Darjeeling district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The station lies on UNESCO World Heritage Site Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Darjeeling railway station is located at an altitude of 2,073 metres (6,801 ft) above mean sea level. It was allotted the railway code of DJ under the jurisdiction of Katihar railway division.

The Darjeeling Mountain Railway is also known affectionately as the Toy Train.It passes right through Darjeeling on its journey and from here you can take a scenic ride on the train to the nearby town of Ghoom, which takes about 1 hour.

Chugging along almost at walking pace, the Toy Train is the ideal way to take in the stunning views of the mountains and gain a close-up look of the Darjeeling streets as the train passes right through the middle of the town.

The ‘toy train’ service, which earned UNESCO World Heritage tag in 1999, is a big attraction to tourists who flock to this eastern hill town from all over the world.

Source: Wikipedia

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