In another step towards tourist-friendly digital initiative, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) of Northeast Frontier Railway has become partner with digital payment platform Paytm. DHR and Paytm in a strategic partnership has launched QR-code based ticketing system on 2nd November, 2021 for joyrides. Tourists in DHR can now book tickets for the Toy trains on the Paytm app for their journey.
With this, DHR has now become the 1st of Toy train operator in India to enable digital ticketing systems.
It may be mentioned that DHR is running numerous Toy train rides namely Jungle Tea Safari, New Jalpaiguri- Darjeeling passenger train and Red Panda to promote tourism in the DHR.In order to rejuvenate the tourism industry in Darjeeling, DHR is also organizing Ghum Festival from 13thNovember to 5th December, 2021.This new service would give commuters the option to travel seamlessly and avoid long queues to buy tickets for Toy trains operated by the DHR. They can now simply purchase digital tickets on their Paytm app, and proceed for the journey.
Paytm digital ticketing system will enable commuters to book tickets without being physically present at the railway stations. Tourists only need to open their Paytm app, enter the date of journey, select the type of train & schedule and make payment to receive the digital ticket with PNR number. They can display the digital ticket to the Ticket Collector to commence their journey.
This system will lead to reduce the ticket booking time and will also be of great help in maintaining social distancing in these times.