The iconic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), popularly often called the Darjeeling Toy Train, will resume its services after 9 months from Christmas Day. The services have been suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March.
“We were ready to resume the services. Now we have received the requisite permission from the state government. Initially, joy rides between Darjeeling and Ghoom and back [16 km] will be resumed from December 25,” mentioned AK Mishra, DHR director.
Passengers will likely be required to strictly observe the Covid-19 associated tips and put on masks, preserve social distancing, and use hand sanitizer.
Built in 1889, the DHR is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a serious vacationer attraction in Darjeeling, a preferred hill vacation spot in North Bengal often called the Queen of the Hills.
The Toy Train has featured in Bollywood movies like together with Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore’s Aradhana and Shah Rukh Khan’s Main Hoon Na.
Over 1.5 million vacationers go to Darjeeling and adjoining Sikkim yearly and the Toy Train could be very widespread amongst them. The practice comprising three compartments and ferries round 60,000 passengers yearly.
The DHR’s 13 steam engines are the actual sights and are repeatedly chartered by overseas vacationers.
“With the resumption of the services, local economic activities will get the much-needed boost due to the arrival of tourists. Depending on the requirement of tourists, more such services will be restored. Resumption of Toy Train services is very good news for travellers,” mentioned Samrat Sanyal, common secretary of Himalayan Hospitality and Tourism Development Network.
Around 15% of Darjeeling residents are immediately or not directly depending on tourism.