The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 7406570.
Registered office: 9 Wardo Avenue, London SW6 6RA
Timetable and Travel Information
Please contact Paul Whittle for latest information - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS RELEASE DATED 19 JULY 2017
All services on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) have been suspended indefinitely since 12 June due to political agitation and unrest in the region – an intensification of the campaign for the area of the Darjeeling Hills to be split off from West Bengal into an independent state in India called Gorkahland.
Local militant protest has led to widespread unrest with several fatalities, arson attacks on government vehicle and buildings, and the deployment of army and other security forces. An indefinite strike has effectively closed Darjeeling for all normal activity and local internet services are currently suspended.
Despite its World Heritage listing the DHR has not been immune to the troubles. The station at Gayabari has been destroyed by arson attacks, and Sonada station and the DHR HQ Elysia building at Kurseong have been badly damaged by fire.
Said Paul Whittle, Vice Chairman DHRS “With no immediate resolution in prospect, there is clearly a threat of more damage to the railway. We are in constant dialogue with Indian Railways and UNESCO as to how the DHR can be safeguarded in the present troubled situation”.
Travel Information page Updated 15/06/2017
New Timetable effective from 28 May 2017 (But not in operation)
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Road Travel to Darjeeling
Major road reconstruction is currently taking place between Bagdogra and Siliguri.
Allow plenty of extra time for this stretch of any journey.
DHR Train Fares (With effect from 1 February 2017)
All DHR services are now First Class only.
Joy Trains: Darjeeling-Ghum-Darjeeling
Return fare with access to the museum at Ghum Station.
Steam-hauled Rs 1,300
Diesel-hauled Rs 800
Darjeeling-Kurseong: Single Fare
(Service temporarily suspended)
Darjeeling-New Jalpaiguri: Single Fare (Diesel-hauled) Rs 1,285
Darjeeling-Siliguri Junction: Single fare (Diesel-hauled) Rs 1,100
Kurseong-Siliguri Junction: (Diesel-hauled) Rs 800
For all other fares information please contact the DHR HQ Office Kurseong or the local station master.
Identifying your Train
The five digit train number is the unique identifier for each service and needs to be quoted when booking.
When searching for/booking trains the following codes should be used – New Jalpaiguri (NJP), Siliguri Junction (SGUJ), Kurseong (KGN) and Darjeeling (DJ).
The destination code for the Joy Trains is Darjeeling Round (DJRZ).
For India residents, booking can be made via the nationwide passenger reservation network (PRN). You can also book tickets online at www.irctc.co.in.
Non-residents can also now buy train tickets on-line from the IRCTC web site at www.irctc.co.in. (Until May 2016 that web site did not accept overseas (Non-Indian) credit cards but now it does so. Simply select ‘International Cards’ at the payment stage.) Helpful advice on how to register and activate your account at www.irctc.co.in is at www.seat61.com.
Train Running - Telephone Information Help lines
Day of travel train running information is available between 0900hrs-1700hrs from:
DHR Control (+91 354 2005734) or (+91 354 2345 253)
For information about chartering a special train - steam or diesel hauled - send an e-mail to the Director DHR at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Several items of the DHR’s former freight stock have been/are being restored to running condition and will be available for publicity/photographic charters.
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
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 require prior approval from the Director DHR.
(It should be noted that in the present security situation, photography on the Indian Railways main-line system is not permitted. Do not photograph on stations or trains without specific prior approval.)
Siliguri Town Station
This historic building is the DHR’s original southern terminus. There is a long term proposal for renovation as a heritage and museum centre.
This attractive gabled and half-timbered building has a good photographic display and some small artefacts on its upper floor. Ask the Stationmaster for admission.
There is a well-preserved museum/artefacts room on the station platform. Admission is Rs10 – tickets available at the booking office.
There is also a small museum on the ground floor at Elysia Place, the historic former residence of the General Manager in colonial times and now the HQ of the DHR. Admission is free. Elysia Place is situated on high ground at the northern end of town and is signposted from near the Kurseong Tourist Lodge on the Hill Cart Road.
The external display includes a carriage, wagons and the ‘Baby Sivok’ locomotive. Above the station is an exhibition of photographs and other display material – due for renovation shortly. Museum admission is included in Joy Train tickets or can be obtained from the Stationmaster for a nominal sum.
Road Travel to Darjeeling
The direct route (for other than authorised light vehicles) from Siliguri to Darjeeling on the Hill Cart Road NH55 is severed between Siliguri and Kurseong by the landslips at Tindharia: repairs here have yet to start.
Alternative routes are available via Mirik or the Teesta Valley/Jorbungalow route, or via Kurseong on the Pankabari or Rohini roads.
The Rohini road is now much improved and a nominal toll charge is payable.
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.
The above information is provided in good faith for intending travellers by
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS).
The DHRS cannot be held responsible for any loss or inconvenience caused by reliance on this information.
Feedback/comment is always welcome and should be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Paul Whittle, Public Relations Officer (+44 (0) 1932 346549).
19 July 2017
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