Tour Groups Several tour groups organise visits to the DHR, chartering their own special trains. Trains are normally 'shadowed' by road vehicles giving excellent opportunities for photography of the trains.
Darjeeling Tours Ltd is the DHRS's associated travel firm and can provide advice/information for group or individual itineraries. Its web site is at www.darjeelingtours.co.uk or e-mail email@example.com
Photography Aside from the stunning scenery, there are good opportunities to photo the world famous ‘B’ Class steam locomotives at work. The loco depots at Kurseong and Darjeeling are readily visible from the adjacent public roads and permission for photography is not required. At Siliguri Junction, the depot is surrounded by a perimeter wall and visits here require prior approval from the DHR authorities. (It should be noted that in the present security situation, photography on the Indian Railways main-line system is generally not permitted. Do not photograph on stations or trains without specific prior approval.)
Road Travel to Darjeeling
The direct route from Siliguri to Darjeeling on the Hill Cart Road NH55. Alternative routes are available via Mirik or the Teesta Valley/Jorbungalow route, or via Kurseong on the Pankabari Road (steep and limited to light traffic) or the now much-improved Rohini Road. Road conditions can change unexpectedly due to weather, road repairs, or accidents.Before travelling it is advisable to seek advice from your tour operator or hotelier on the latest situation.
Allow approximately 3 hours (plus stops) for travel from Siliguri/Bagdogra Airport to Darjeeling.
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