Things to Do in Kolkata - page 2
Situated in the Shibpur suburb of Kolkata, this 269-acre (109-hectare) expanse of greenery dates back to the late 1700s, when it was used to study and develop commercial plants for trade under the British East India Company. Early tea-growing experiments here led to the thriving industries in Darjeeling and Assam that remain to this day.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, part of the Mountain Railways of India UNESCO World Heritage site, is the oldest and best hill passenger railway in the nation. The 55 miles (88 kilometers) of track connecting New Jalpaiguri with Darjeeling opened in 1881, and the trip up to the famous West Bengali hill station has changed little since that first journey.
Travelers looking to ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train” as it’s been nicknamed, have a couple of options to do so. The most convenient option is to take the steam-hauled joy train (tourist train) on a return trip from Darjeeling to Ghum, a two-hour trip which departs four times per day during the high season.
The other option is to catch the train in Kurseong and make the three hour, one way trip to Darjeeling from there.
Officially called Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Chowringhee cuts through the heart of Kolkata. Running alongside the Maidan park, this wide avenue is a must for visitors keen to experience the soul of the city through its jumble of colonial-era buildings, shops, markets, and sidewalk stalls.
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