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The settlement at Darjeeling really began in 1828 with British interest. By 1835, it was separated from Sikkim for establishing a Sanatorium for the invalid servants of the East India Company. It then consisted of a monastery on observatory hill clustered with about 20 huts and a population of about 100 people. Planning began in 1839, to lay out the Darjeeling Town and construct a hill road connecting Siliguri, Pankhabari, Kurseong and Darjeeling. At the same time, evolution of hotels began, the first being The Darjeeling Family Hotel's, followed by other hotels. By 1840, Darjeeling Town had about 30 buildings and a few respectable houses. Tea bushes were brought in by the British from China and Tea plantations began spreading rapidly from 1857. To meet the expanding requirements, a new road fit for carts was planned in 1861. Subsequently, in 1879, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was constructed on the same hill cart road... Read More+

DHR offers opportunities for photo features, documentary and commercial videography in its exotic surroundings and trains. For details please e-mail us at or contact us at  +91 900 20 41905/ +91 900 20 41955 .

DHR was inscribed as World Heritage Area (WHA) in 1999. The first Hill Railway in India and only second in the world to get this prestigious status........ Read More+

DHR is offering special Joy Rides between Darjeeling and Ghum, extra pair of trains to/from New Jalpaiguri and Jungle (Heritage) Safari during this tourist season.You can call at +91 900 41955, +919002041955/ +91 354 200 5734 / +91 354 225 2555 to know about special services or ask by email to For booking such services please contact local tour operators at Darjeeling and Siliguri.


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