Monday, June 8, 2009

Day 1, taking a train ride- in West Bengal...choo-chooooo

I need a cup of chai......where better than in Darjeeling?

Since Sita recommended a train ride off we go on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the "Toy Train"It is is a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to
Darjeeling in West Bengal, run by the Indian Railways. It was built between 1879 and 1881 and is about 86 km long. The elevation level is from about 100 m at Siliguri to about 2,200 m at Darjeeling. It is still powered by a steam engine. Since 1999 the train has been a World
Heritage Site as listed by UNESCO.

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