Global Treasures DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY India
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The most splendid way to travel from Siliguri to Darjeeling is by way of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a train journey into the world of the Himalayas.
British engineering made this pioneering work possible. 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 train climbs to an altitude of more than 2000 metres, negotiates 873 bends and crosses more than 500 bridges.
Sonada Station lies at an altitude of almost 7000 feet and is where life takes place on the streets and the people are dressed for the cold. In this region, Bhutia, Tibetans, Lepcha and Nepali, a unique mixture of mountain people, are a fine example of people who have learned to live together in harmony.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: a unique journey and one which will not easily be forgotten!
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