Indian Tourism: The Indian Railway has introduced a toy train safari for tourists. The three-hour journey, starting from Siliguri junction and ending at Rohtang Junction, will take tourists to the beautiful views of the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary. It is one of the big steps that the Indian Railway has taken to promote Indian tourism. This train tour will be known as Jungle Tea-Toy Train Safari.
The launch of the toy train was due from last year and was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, almost after a gap of one and half year, the Indian Government decided to launch the Jungle Tea-toy Train and boost Indian tourism.
This toy train runs on a regular basis between two decided stations – Siliguri and Rohtang – with a heritage steam engine and vista dome dining car facilities. The steam engine will be the major attraction or most noticeable as it is now completely replaced with electronic trains. In the Darjeeling hills, it would be quite an impressive experience for tourists from all around the world.
Sanjay Chilwarwar, ADRM of Katihar division of Northeast Frontier Railway said, “ We decided to run maximum toy trains on this route to attract and gear up the tourism industry in this region. He also added- ‘the safari is getting a good response and soon it will be a part of a major attraction.’
According to the reports, tourists can enjoy a complimentary cup of tea amid the mesmerizing hills at Rohtang Station.Reports also suggest that the railway authority will also open a DHR heritage photo gallery at Sukna station.
Samrat Sanyal, Secretary of Himalaya Hospitality and Tourism Development Network, said- “ It will be Interesting and Exciting”. He added, as part of the tourism industry, we came to the NFR initiative and believe tourists will enjoy the services and local people also get a chance to travel on weekend tours.
With this new add up in the Himalayan Tourism, India is expecting a boost in revenue amid COVID-19 pandemic.