BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
14 NOVEMBER 2022
One of the most popular romantic songs ever made in the film industry of Bollywood is ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani’ of the film Aradhana, with Kishore Kumar lending his golden voice in the playback of the song to the hero, Rajesh Khanna, who was travelling in an open jeep besides the track and his ladylove Sharmila Tagore was riding the world famous Darjeeling Toy Train, the setting was idyllic.
Not only the masterpiece Aradhana but sequences of many popular films like Parineeta, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman etc have also featured the famous Toy Train ride of Darjeeling. These famous films have immortalised the toy train rides against the picturesque and breathtaking backdrops amongst the visitors and tourists from all over the globe who come here.
Director of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Priyanshu has informed that for the first time the joy ride of the toy train will take place on every Saturday and Sunday nights between Ghoom and Darjeeling Station as part of the Ghoom Winter Festival. The weekends attract more tourists.
At present ten joy rides are run by the DHR in Darjeeling – Ghoom – Darjeeling routes. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The toy train will depart Darjeeling at 6 o’clock and will stop at Batasia Loop for about fifteen minutes. Once the train reaches its destination (Ghoom station), it will stop for 25 minutes before returning back to Darjeeling. The total joy ride timing is one hour fifty minutes.
From 9.20 AM to 3.45 PM the toy trains ply on the routes normally throughout the year.
The sleepy and picturesque hill town of Ghoom is located about nine kilometres away from Darjeeling and is situated about 7300 feet above the sea level. The famous Ghoom Monastery is located here.
This is the second year of the Ghoom Winter Festival and besides foods, cultural functions, there will be a programme of live concerts, talent hunts etc.
This year the theme of the three week long Ghoom Winter Festival is Ghoom Barabar Ghoom, according to the DRM of Katihar Division, Colonel Shubhendu Kumar Choudhury.
The Ghoom Winter Festival started in 2021 under the aegis of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways. The Darjeeling Himalayan railways started its journey in 1881.