Even Mr Franklin Prestage in 1878, the then agent of the Eastern Bengal Railways Company, wouldn’t realize that his proposal could be so fruitful one day. He presented a detailed scheme for laying a train line from Siliguri to Darjeeling to the government of Bengal. A committee was appointed to examine the proposal, and a decision of implementing the plan was taken after a long debate. By July 1881, the line was completed and opened for traffic right through to Darjeeling. It was given the name of ‘Darjeeling Himalayan Railway’.
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The railway line basically follows the Hill Cart Road, and the track is on the roadside. On most of the route, buildings surround the track that gives it a look of urban tramway look rather than an overland line. However, the natural splendors the route passes through are just awesome. This train journey is today a prominent tourist attraction for those on Darjeeling tour. So next time when you plan a Darjeeling tour, don’t miss to explore this splendid attraction. If you plan your trip during peak season, it’s advised to book Darjeeling Hotels well ahead. Searching online, you can find a number of website offering hotel deal including Kolkata hotels and Darjeeling in varied price ranges. You can choose the one that perfectly matches your requirements and budget.