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  Darjeeling,Darjeeling India,Darjeeling Tourism,Darjiling India Travel Tours in Darjeeling
Darjeeling is a place where one feels as if being in the lap of mother nature.Due to the vast and abundance of natural splendour Darjeeling is called queens of hill stations.
Darjeeling toy train takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82 kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided it.
The nearest airport to Darjeeling is the Bagdogra airport.
www.indiantravelportal.com /west-bengal/darjeeling   (2512 words)

  
 Darjeeling Himalayan Railways - Darjeeling and DHR : The Cindrella Hotel, Siliguri (India)
The Railway runs through a gate in the mountains and up the wooded valley of the Teesta for 16 miles, and throughout this distance the line follows every bend of the river, hugging its very banks and affording very beautiful views of the valley and of the great river itself.
The railway passes to and fro along the slopes of this mountain no less than five times and here can be seen what circumvolutions of the slopes and ravines are necessary to retain a sufficiently easy gradient for the railway alignment.
The town of Darjeeling is also seen in this the crowning view of the journey, its white and red roofed buildings prettily lighting up the wooded spur on which it is built, and forming the foreground to the scene of which the snowy chain of mountains forms a fitting background.
www.thecindrella.com /dhr/dardhr.htm   (3841 words)

  
 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed "Toy Train", is a 60 cm narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal in India.
It was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86 km long.
The elevation level is from about 100m in Siliguri to about 2200m in Darjeeling.
www.encyclopedia-online.info /Darjeeling_Himalayan_Railway   (128 words)

  
 Darjeeling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Darjeeling and all her tea plantations lie under the shadow of this snowy Himalayan giant.
Darjeeling is just 78 km from Siliguri (the major rail and road head) and is well connected by Bus and jeep.
Darjeeling town (population 83,000 and elevation 2,134 m) is located on a spur with houses hugging the hillside.
www.north-bengal.com /places/darjeeling   (432 words)

  
 Darjeeling @ Zubin.Com - The Toy Train
Officially known as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, it is as much a pioneering work of achievement, projecting not only its engineering ingenuity but also a historic development of the 19th century British convalescent center in the remote north eastern Himalayas.
In 1914, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) was further extended down south towards Kishanganj and close to the Nepalese frontier for jute traffic and in 1915.
Meantime the DHR was extended from Siliguri toward Sevoke by 10 miles and further to the north 16 miles on Kalimpong road.
www.zubin.com /darjeeling/train.htm   (1601 words)

  
 WEST BENGAL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Darjeeling, "the land of thunderbolts" is a major hill station and popular tourist spot.
Darjeeling is famous for its tea which is known as Darjeeling tea.
1) Darjeeling on the slopes of the hills 2) Darjeeling at Dusk.
www.bengalweb.com /city/wbencit4a.html   (147 words)

  
 NDLO south
To me, the Darjeeling Himalayan is the playfulness of the Zen Buddhist master, the joie de vivre of a ballerina pirouetting on the slenderest toe, the piercing frolic of the Gods behind the illusion of material phenomenon.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is life affirming itself without self-absorption, unselfconsciously, delighted playfulness brought to a task that in the ultimate analysis is deadly serious.
Darjeeling is now less than 5 km away and there is a steep 1 in 23 grade to deal with.
www.ndlosouth.com /lifestyle.htm   (1786 words)

  
 Darjeeling Himalayan Railways - DHR India Support Group - AIMS : The Cindrella Hotel, Siliguri (India)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
To encourage the restoration, renewal and preservation of the Darjeeling Himalayan railway and its railway stations as a living museum.
To acquire, restore and preserve the rolling-stock, artifacts, structures, emblems and equipment of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which have been declared expendable, or have been condemned by the railway Ministry.
And to exhibit in it, with an historical perspective, the restored objects with a view to inform and educate visitors on the special character of the Railway and its role in the economic and social development of Darjeeling.
www.thecindrella.com /dhr/aims.htm   (174 words)

  
 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
It climbs from the plains, which are most oppressive in the hot weather to the coolness of the "hills," as the British residents in India call the lower slopes of the Himalayas on which are situated the towns, or "stations," to which they go periodically to preserve their health.
Before the railway was built, a first-class road, built by the Government at a cost of £6,000 a mile, wound upwards to Darjeeling.
It is now only about four miles to Darjeeling, the altitude of which is 6812 ft; but on this section is found the steepest short gradient, the descent being made at an average of 1 in 31, but with a short bank of about three-quarters of a mile at approximately 1 in 23.
mikes.railhistory.railfan.net /r007.html   (2086 words)

  
 Rail in India - A tribute to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the most well known hill railways in the world...and a delight it is!!
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) was built in 1881 and is over a hundred years old today.
The DHR climbs from the plains to a height of 7400 ft at Ghum and then descends to 6812 ft at Darjeeling.
railinindia.tripod.com /dhr.html   (817 words)

  
 Toy Train ride to Darjeeling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Before the railway line was built, there was a bungalow here where the travellers travelling in palki (palanquin) used to rest for the day.
As the train passes along the road, one may notice by now that through the journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling there are over 100 road crossings and most of the time the train runs along parallel with the cars and other vehicles.
Darjeeling, a town with all its charm and beauty awaits the weary traveller.
www.darjnet.com /darjeeling/darjeeling/travel/train/train.htm   (917 words)

  
 Indian Embassy, Manila Philippines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The 88 kms-stretch from the station at New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling remains a work of railway genius that allows the line to be run on adhesion on an average gradient of 1 in 30.
The DHR is 'an outstanding example of the influence of an innovative transportation system on the social, cultural and economic development of a multi-cultural region'.
The decision to include the DHR was capped with a summing up of its significance in railway history : 'The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the first and still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway'.
www.embindia.org.ph /darjeeling.html   (1738 words)

  
 THE DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY
Darjeeling is situated in the northern part of the state of West Bengal in India about 600 km north of Calcutta.
The railway was built to improve the commerce and tourism of the area and reduced the time taken to get to Darjeeling by a day.
The Darjeeling line was built to a gauge of 2 feet (600mm) to enable the line to traverse the tightly twisting route through the hills.
www.geocities.com /darjiling   (1016 words)

  
 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The driver attends the firebox of the afternoon Darjeeling to Kurseong train as it waits at Ghum for the arrival of the NJP to Darjeeling on the 5th July 2000
The daily NJP to Darjeeling trains were dieselised earlier this year (2000) although as of July 2000 they were still experiencing problems with the new diesel locos.
While I was in Darjeeling on the 3rd July 2000 the daily train from NJP was cancelled due to the diesel failing.
dhr.capebyron.com   (1092 words)

  
 BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | 'Toy train's heritage safe'
To keep these memories alive, the railway authorities have decided to modify the whistle of the diesel engines to make it sound like that of the steam loco - a sound deeply embedded in the psyche of the local hill people.
"Since these beauties were still in fine nick, the DHR has decided to use their services for two shorter routes - one between Darjeeling and Kurseong - a 28-km run and the other between Darjeeling and Ghoom, one of the highest railway stations in the world," he said.
The railways are hopeful that with the diesel-powered locomotives being able to haul more coaches, the number of passengers will grow substantially.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/797299.stm   (582 words)

  
 darjeeling_himalayan_railway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society, to promote awareness of, interest in, and support for darjeeling himalayan railway india two foot narrow gauge steam railway track plans photos modeling...
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway About this 2 ft. gauge line in the mid 1930's and before The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the engineering feats of the world...
DHR or Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the most visited tourist attraction of this Himalayan region.
darjeeling_himalayan_railway.networklive.org   (285 words)

  
 darjeeling train1
The journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling is both breathtaking and spectacular as the toy train chugs along past hills and valleys, at times brushing the gurgling Teesta river, at times overlooking Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society in London that has been set up to promote awareness and support for this train.
Although a number of hill railways exist in India, this was the first to be built in the country.
www.the-south-asian.com /Nov2000/Darjeeling_train1.htm   (617 words)

  
 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Tour Listings
Nestled in the serene Himalayan splendor, the zigzag railway...
Annual tours are run by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (Nov 2002, Feb 2003) and...
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society, to promote awareness of, interest in, and support for...
www.luxury-train-travel.co.uk /34/express176.html   (198 words)

  
 Baby Sivok - [The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the DHR]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It may not have arrived on the DHR until about 1913, to assist the recently overhauled and last surviving 'A' class, No. 9, in the construction of the Teesta Valley Line.
The locomotive was subsequently transferred to the Raipur Forest Tramway project, built of second hand DHR materials by Gillanders Arbuthnot.
Painted in North Eastern Railway maroon livery, it ran at the Indian Railways Centenary Exhibition in new Delhi in 1953, giving fairground rides on a circular track.
darjeelingnews.net /dhr_baby_sivok.htm   (417 words)

  
 Mark Moxon, Travel Writer: India: The Toy Train
Despite my extensive experience even the railways are totally insane: take the train into Darjeeling, for example.
There are no traffic lights on the railway line from Siliguri to Darjeeling; instead, a lone man stands in the middle of the humid jungle waving a red flag.
The name 'steam train' is misleading too; looking at pictures of classic locomotives belching white from their chimneys I used to think that the train was throwing out clouds of steam, but then my science lessons taught me that it was smoke from the boiler.
www.moxon.net /india/toy_train.html   (526 words)

  
 The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Shomik reports that 779 at Darjeeling and 788 at Kurseong are in good working order and are used turn and turn about with 806 and 780.
We were lucky to choose a time when the railway was running throughout, no-one was on strike and the B class tanks were the sole motive power.
Annual tours are run by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (Nov 2002, Feb 2003) and you may be interested to join this organization and keep up-to-date with what is happening and possibly have some influence of the course of events.
homepage.ntlworld.com /john.raby1/darjeel.html   (2588 words)

  
 Tea Time in Darjeeling
Tourism is rather new to this delightful hill station.  The tea industry, on the other hand, dates to the mid 1800s when a Dr Campbell planted tea seeds in the compound of his bungalow.  The ‘experiment’ worked and over the past 150 years the tea industry has truly blossomed.
The flight operates throughout the year because Darjeeling is a destination for all seasons.  With the coming of spring the dense fog of an admittedly chilly winter vanishes.  The sky becomes clear and a bracing climate greets visitors.
At the summit of the lofty vantage point overlooking Darjeeling this sleepy and shivering traveller saw the mighty peak of the snow-covered Kanchenjunga — the world’s third highest summit - hidden in the mist of dawn slowly come into view as it was bathed in the first pale crimson rays of the rising winter sun.
www.tourismofindia.com /misc/darjeeling.htm   (810 words)

  
 Steam on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 1999
This report covers a lineside photographic trip to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway organised by Mike Tyack for a group of 9 British, 1 Australian and 1 German.
Darjeeling to Wokingham took a mere 36 hours most of which was spent waiting for flights at various airports.
Fortunately Darjeeling's business community is beginning to wake up to the fact that the town just wouldn't be the same without it's railway and it's future lies probably more as a tourist attraction than as an essential means of transport.
www.mmardi.freeserve.co.uk /trains/india14.htm   (3347 words)

  
 travel wise :: Darjeeling, India - Darjeeling Hill Railway
Apart from a few showpiece trains run solely for the benefit of tourists, this little engine is one of the last surviving coal-fired steam locomotives on authentic "working" duty in India-if not in the world.
It is a vintage Glaswegian locomotive, built somewhere between 1895 and 1925 and would normally be relegated to a museum-except for the loving care lavished on it by technicians in the railway workshops at Tindharia.
And, unhurried it certainly is: a passenger left behind at Darjeeling station, casually lopes alongside the train, leaps onto the foot-board and disappears into a compartment.
www.travel-wise.com /europe/india/darjeeling.html   (1149 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Coal shortage derails toy train
This is Darjeeling's peak season and the train is a top tourist attraction, running to the world's highest station for steam engines at Ghoom.
Notices were put up at the Darjeeling Railway Station announcing the cancellation of two rides on Wednesday.
Railway official LM Pradhan blamed the temporary closure on a technical defect in the transport chain.
news.bbc.co.uk /go/newsFeedXML/moreover/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/4394625.stm   (211 words)

  
 The Hindu : Tamil Nadu News : Second oil-fired steam loco for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The small engine with four-wheel discs and two axles had a fuel tank with a capacity to hold 900 litres of diesel, besides a water tank with a capacity of 1,800 litres.
The Railway Board had entrusted to the workshop the task of manufacturing three oil-fired steam locomotives for the DHR, based on its experience in manufacturing locos for the Nilgris Mountain Railway.
Prior to manufacturing the locos, an existing engine was brought from the DHR and converted into an oil-fired loco at the workshop here.
www.hindu.com /2004/07/29/stories/2004072912560400.htm   (411 words)

  
 darjeeling, darjeeling guide, darjeeling city guide, darjeeling tourist guide,city tour darjeeling, darjeeling tea , ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Nestling in the grandeur and beauty of towering snow-capped mountains; with the mighty Kanchenjunga (King of the Mountains) dominating the somber, snowy sentinels, lies a jewel of a town -- elegant, sophisticated and incredibly beautiful; the name of Tibetan origin means where Indra's thunderbolt or scepter rested, (Dodi-thunder bolt, Ling-place).
Himalayan Zoo: Adjacent to the HMI lies the zoo, which has the most exotic breed of high altitude fauna.
The Himalayan Black bears, Red Panda, the Siberian Tiger and a host of exotic birds, etc. It houses the famous snow leopard breeding centre.
www.discoverindia.net /darjellinggangtok/gangtokdarjelling.htm   (936 words)

  
 Darjeeling Himalayan Railway   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Criterion (ii): The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is an outstanding example of the influence of an innovative transportation system on the social and economic development of a multi-cultural region, which was to serve as a model for similar developments in many parts of the world.
Criterion (iv): The development of railways in the 19th century had a profound influence on social and economic developments in many parts of the world.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the first, and still the most outstanding, example of a hill passenger railway.
www.unesco.org /whc/sites/944.htm   (160 words)

  
 [IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: Books, Timetables, Videos, etc. - II
The book on the DHR is a new one (available at the NRM), and is the first in a new series planned on the mountain railways, including material re-issued from the book Exotic Indian Mountain Railways along with some new material.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway : An 850mm x 450mm map of the main DHR line by John Gillham is available from the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society of the UK.
Another good map of the DHR is one that appeared in the Loco Profile booklet (#23) on Darjeeling Tanks (see the locomotive books section for information on this).
www.irfca.org /faq/faq-books2.html   (4240 words)

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