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DHRS Education Group


Formed in 2005 the Education Group encourages and supports  schools and colleges along the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) in improving young peoples’ awareness of the historic railway that runs through their communities.

How We Help

By sponsoring DHR-themed competitions – for example art, colouring, poetry and photography. In this and other activities we work closely with the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Darjeeling and with the DHR India Support Group who provide invaluable local advice and practical support. In recent years an annual competition, normally held in November, targets a deserving local school selected by the Inner Wheel Club.

By other activities such as sponsoring train rides for local children and funding small education-linked projects.

How You Can Help

By telling us of any links you have with schools and colleges along the DHR and who might like more information about our activities.

By donating to the Darjeeling Railway Community Support Group (see their separate web page for contact details) and allocating the whole or part of your donation to an educational project. The two Groups will liaise to put your donation to good use and will report back to you on what has been achieved.

The resource materials – colouring sheets, quiz material and station ‘I Spy’ books - we produced some years ago need updating. We would welcome offers of help for this work.

DHR Guidebook - ‘Darjeeling’s Wonderful Railway’

Published in November 2016 this colourful and informative booklet is an ideal introduction to the DHR’s history, operation and importance as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Local schools can apply for a free copy on application by the Head Teacher to the Oxford Book Shop, Chowrasta, Darjeeling.

For Further Information

Please contact Paul Whittle on 01932 346549 or at

DHRS Schools Awareness Programme 2016

This year’s programme was held on 15 November for about 50 children from the Congress School Ghum.
The day started with the children and staff moving by road to Darjeeling Station where picnic boxes were distributed (and rapidly emptied!) before an excellent, varied programme of activities including music, dance and a DHR quiz which is always popular.
Among those attending was Mr Suman Pradhan, Station Manager, Darjeeling.

It was a very colourful and enjoyable time and all too soon it was time for the excited children to get on board for a diesel-hauled Joy Train ride to Ghum.

As always, the organisation of the day was in the capable hands of the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Darjeeling.
After the event David Charlesworth, Editor, Darjeeling Mail and Paul Whittle, Vice Chairman DHRS hosted the IWC ladies with an excellent High Tea at the New Elgin Hotel to show appreciation of their efforts.

Congress School staff, pupils and Inner Wheel members at Darjeeling Station

Strictly Come Dancing – Darjeeling Style!

DHR Quiz Time for the Children.

 Children alongside the loco that will take their train to Ghum

Paul Whittle (left) and David Charlesworth (right) with the Inner Wheel Club Committee at the New Elgin Hotel.