The general strike in support of ‘Gorkhaland’ that had crippled the Darjeeling region ended on 27 September and normal business and tourist activity is slowly reviving.
A limited service of Joy Trains – two steam and one diesel – on the Darjeeling to Ghum section resumed on 28 October. Further services will be added as demand revives. Services on the rest of the route will resume only after the clearance of several landslips/extensive vegetation growth and this will take many more weeks. At present there is no indication as to how long that will be.
New promotional video of the DHR 'The magical train story: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway' https://youtu.be/fP0EomJh2FY by the Australian agency in Sydney who are working with India, Tourism Sydney (part of Incredible India) to increase awareness of/ encourage tourism to India. http://www.aei4eia.com.au/
Late afternoon outside Darjeeling Shed - 805 & 786. Photo by Paul Howard - November 2016.