I go ecstatic when experiencing the overly hectic train stations in India.
Many have antique steam engines on display out front . . . so I went star-gazed with this one.
I was in the parking lot observing this remarkable specimen at the NJP train station located in the state of West Bengal near the city of Siliguri (an unknown locale, most likely, for the majority of British train spotters and most other Westerners I would imagine) when I came upon this view. The city of Siliguri boasts that it has the most northerly railway station in a state that claims Kolkata as its capitol. All trains en route to the most famous of Indian tea cities must end in Siliguri, at which point the terrain becomes too hilly to proceed via rail.
When I disembarked from this overnight train ride (“getting down” as Indians say), I wondered if I should exit dancing a jig.
From Siliguri one must hire a taxi (or opt for a bus ride from hell) to traverse the hairpin-curved, precarious and bumpy route up the mountain to the former British hill station tea center known as Darjeeling . . . my ultimate destination.
Afternoon tea, anyone?
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