As at mid-July all DHR services remained suspended, with no indication as to when they would resume. In addition, severe subsidence after heavy rains at Pagla Jhora has severed the NH55 route and damaged the DHR formation at that point.
It has full details of train schedules, fares, how to book, railway museums along the line and much other useful information, as well as DHR contact details.
Latest information from Indian Railways is that the DHR is running the normal advertised services along its full length.
Although included on the official DHR web site, this most useful facility has now been withdrawn by Indian Railways.
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.
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 (other than for authorised light vehicles) from Siliguri to Darjeeling on the Hill Cart Road NH55 is severed between Siliguri and Kurseong by a major landslip at Tindharia: repairs here will not be completed for some considerable time. 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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