Following the success of Ghum festival organized in the month of November- December last year, the UNESCO world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) of Northeast Frontier Railway has launched Summer Festival, 2022 from 1st March, 2022. This festival will be a month long affair to welcome the summer season in the hills and also tourists returning back to hills after the long hiatus. The festival was formally launched at New Jalpaiguri station on 1st March, 2022 with a cultural programme.
The Toy Train has been a major attraction among tourists in DHR section. The toy train journey is going to be more comfortable for the tourists with the introduction of Air-Conditioned coaches in its regular services. on the occasion of this festival, DHR has launched AC services in the daily train between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Starting from 1st April, 2022 all coaches in Darjeeling - Ghum Joy Ride services will be of Vistadome type. This will enable tourists to witness better views enriching the joyride experience.
Local population of Darjeeling, Ghum and Kurseong will also be offered a platform to display local culture, cuisine and artefacts through stalls in the station premises. Cultural programme showcasing the local culture and tradition will be organized by locals and outside artists during the weekends at various stations in DHR to mark the month long festival. The festival will boost the local economy and will generate earnings for Indian Railways as well.
The joyride services amidst breathtaking landscape of Himalayan hill areas and lush greenery will offer the tourists a unique experience. Tourists can plan their tours and get deep insights into the various attractions of this world heritage site.