The Elgin Darjeeling

World’s Most Scenic Train Rides

Technicolor greens, brilliant saris, ancient temples: these are my clearest memories of riding India’s South Eastern Railway many years ago. I still recall the rickshaws and rivers full of locals bathing, as the tropical landscape…




The hilly charms in Darjeeling

Most of us have, at some point, come across a stunning scene that remains etched in our memory. The view of snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga from the Batasia Loop in Darjeeling in north-east India, is one…



An Indian road trip: From Calcutta to Sikkim

The streets of Darjeeling reverberated to the sound of honking as the traffic surged, spluttered and stopped. The pedestrians flowed more freely than the vehicles, a peacock tide of saris, old-fashioned school uniforms, agricultural workers…