The toy train in Darjeeling is not only a prime tourist pull but is also a favourite destination of filmmakers. Being a world-famous toy train in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it attracts a number of filmmakers. Therefore, to make things easier, the Railway authority has introduced a portal where people can apply online and get permission for shooting a film in the toy train or in the premises of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
This toy train has been attracting tourists from across the globe for its beauty. Toy train ride through the hills is a romantic experience and besides tourists, film enthusiasts also frequent the region for movie shooting.
An NFR spokesperson said, “For almost seven decades, filmmakers from Bollywood, Tollywood (Kolkata-based Bengali film industry) and other regional cinema hubs used to come all the way to Guwahati or send their representatives for elaborate formalities. They can now do it with the click of a button on the new DHR booking site.”
Till now, more than 20 Bollywood films have been shot in the Darjeeling region. Some of the recent famous ones include Parineeta (2005), Barfi (2012) and Jagga Jasoos (2017). The picturesque and iconic locations always attract filmmakers for shooting of their films.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was completed between 1879 and 1881 and this narrow train line covers 88 km from New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal at about 100 metres above sea level to Darjeeling at about 2200 metres.