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Old March 20th, 2013, 08:31 AM
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While it isn't near, I have always wanted to do the little Darjeeling Himalayan Railway up the mountain.
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Hopefully you don't mind bunking with 100 stinky Indians and a few goats and chickens. Public transportation in India is certainly interesting.
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Hopefully you don't mind bunking with 100 stinky Indians and a few goats and chickens. Public transportation in India is certainly interesting.
Meh, on that particular train there will probably be way more tourists than locals. However, I can take it if there are stinky Indians.
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The Toy Train. You can also catch a ride to Darjeeling from Siliguri (a nasty place) in a Jeep/Mahindra/Rover. It's a nice ride, if you survive. A few photos from across the border in Nepal.
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I learned very recently that I'll be in Delhi for several days towards the end of April and i would like to extend the trip if i can find a decent excursion. Ideally I would like to do a short overland excursion. Have any of you done something similiar recently? If so, any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I've been to India multiple times.....love the place. Just keep your wits, sense of humor and bottled water close at hand.
From Delhi I'd take a trip up to Simla. Take the express train from Delhi to Kalka, then pick up the Toy Train to Simla. Lots of bazaars.....Indian and Tibetan, old British Colonial stuff etc.

I still have multiple "bucket list" trips to do.....one in the far south where elephants are more plentiful, into the hills north of Mysore and Darjeeling via the other Toy Train and Series One LR.
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That sounds cool. What's a coolie?
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I want to thank you guys for the help and general direction re this trip to India. It came in very handy.

My plans are to take 4 days to travel by train and car from Delhi to Dahramsala via Kalka and Simla Which is a hill station near the northern boarder of India. I hope to trek up into the Himalayas a bit if all goes as planned.

When I was bouncing the idea of this specific journey off a friend recently she mentioned she has a cousin that works for an Indian travel company. He has made all the ticket arrangements locally. I'm looking forward to the trip and hope to post some great pix when I get back.

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Trip Update: arrived Shimla and took a guided hike into the countryside. During the hike we wandered onto someone's farm. There was a small school teaching a few kids outside so I stopped to take pix. The mothers teaching the children were vey shy but eventually they started to talk to my guide. After I gave one of the kids my pen the mom asked if we'd have tea in her house. Being shocked and polite I said absolutely. She and her friend made tea and some Indian food whole we all just sat on the floor in her kitchen for about and hour and a half. Afterwords she showed us around the farm and lead us back to the right path back to Shimla. Excellent experience.
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