Darjeeling's famous toy train is back on track! The service of the toy train was closed for almost one year. A tourist favorite as well as a heritage of the hill town, the toy train was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the toy train is once again running between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal from today. In a statement issued by the Northeast Frontier Railway, it was said that each toy train will have 17 seats in the first class and 29 seats in the general class for passengers. NFR hopes resumption of the hill station railway services will benefit the tourism and hospitality sectors.
The pandemic has severely hit the tourism sector which is now hoping to recover with covid-19 cases seeing a dip in the country. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Railways made another announcement and tweeted "It is a moment of pride for Indian Railways as UNESCO has launched a stamp on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Among a few world heritage sites, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway attracts tourists from all over the world,." The charm of the train of course lies in its history as well, it dates back to the 19th century.