Darjeeling: Steaming through the Eastern Himalayas
The eastern frontiers of India have much more than the usual bells and whistles. Friendly people, tropical valleys, cultivated green hills and towering snow peaks sum up a little of what Jaideep Mukerji has seen
The passenger train to Darjeeling is scheduled to leave New Jalpaiguri railway station at nine every morning. It takes more than an hour to prepare the ageing, century-old steam engine for its journey up the slopes of the eastern Himalayas. If you reach the station early, you will find the fireman shovelling coal into the firebox to build up a head of steam while the engine driver adjusts the shiny brass...
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