“I was born and brought up in Darjeeling, but life out here has always fascinated me. There’s something so unique about the place – the people, the marvelous and majestic mountains, the moody weather, and then the heritage of the toy train. The toy train ride of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) has always remained a marvelous and delightful experience and was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The highest point of DHR and the highest railway station India – the Ghoom station is at an altitude of 2285 metres. Its shortest tour starts from the Ghoom station. Locals and tourists alike, witness the brightest rides of this famous toy train under the winter sun, when it’s at its prime – as it gracefully cascades across the town.
I love taking pictures wherever I go, and of things that catch my fancy; Darjeeling especially serves planets of inspirations for this passion of mine. I love how hustle and tranquility co-exist beautifully in this town. This particular day, I was enjoying the pleasant sunny day in the sun.. a rarity during the cold winters in Ghoom. As I roamed around taking pictures, this little boy approaches me and says “can you please click mine too?” So I obliged and as I got ready to take his photos, he became a little shy, and yet he posed – with full of poise, with his red winter cheeks with a half nervous smile. After seeing the photo, I actually realized just how he helped me capture a near-perfect photo of the famous Ghoom station with the enticing toy train at the back. Likewise, I hope I was able to capture a good enough version of how he envisioned his photo with the town’s most famous toy train to look like:)”~ Abhishek Pradhan, Darjeeling
The little boy poses for a photo in front of the toy train at Ghoom Station, Darjeeling | Photo by Abhishek Pradhan
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