The train to DarjeelingDiscovering the beauties of the Indian mountains by Darjeeling train.
India is well known not one of those nations that you can visit in a few days with organized tours.
We must respect its sacredness and savor it slowly slowly and to do it there is nothing better than historical trains, a fascinating and romantic means of transport, which generates intense emotions and unforgettable memories.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
There is a particular train that must be taken at least once in life: the toy train that passes through the tea plantations and shows you the real India.
With its 88 km route the Toy Train, as Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, connects New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling in Bengal, India.
An impervious path that climbs from 300 meters above sea level to a height of 2,200 m, passing through a maze of small stations and villages scattered among the endless tea plantations.
The route of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
No tunnel was built to build the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: the train bypasses the mountains and literally passes through them. Just look around to enjoy the expanses of a green too natural to be true, dotted by the bright colors of the surrounding citadels.
Built in two years, between 1879 and 1881, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was necessary and fundamental for the rice trade from the hills to the plains. With the passage of time the railway has lost neither tradition nor originality: most of the cars, locomotives and interiors are the same as one hundred years ago.
Entered at the end of the 90s among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Toy Train is a dive into the heart of India, but also something more: you can see the borders with Nepal and China, those Himalayan peaks snowed as feared as challenged by the most experienced.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: a loop train ride
Breathtaking landscapes where the only advice you can give is not to think, but let yourself be carried away by all the wonderful quirks of a culture totally different from ours.
Siliguri, Sukna, Kurseog, Bastadia, Ghum are the landmarks of the journey. These are municipal corporations still strongly linked to ancestral customs and traditions, to the traditions of the past. Temples, great open spaces and panoramic stages are the leitmotifs to then come to Darjeeling.
Hot tea in one hand, a good book in the other and the landscape that constantly changes offering spectacular views: this is the magic of the train that leads to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling, the "land of lightning" in Tibetan, is now internationally known not only for the railway line but for the cultivation and production of fine tea, a legacy of the British Empire of the mid-nineteenth century which also left strong signs in the architecture of the place: there are in fact curious contrasts between Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan handicrafts and buildings with a typically Gothic-colonial style.
India, a destination to get lost and find themselves like the brothers Whitman, Francis, Peter and Jack, protagonists of "The train for Darjeeling", film of 2007 directed and written by Wes Anderson together with Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.
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