Darjeeling is the quintessential hill station where past and present happily mingle amidst a diverse and welcoming local populace that mixes easily with lowlanders and foreigners alike. Founded in 1835- and therefore one of the earliest of India's " sanatoria" -Darjeeling is virtually defined by tea, tourism, the "toy train" and barding schools of the highest repute. With Mount Kanchenjunga towering over the town, Darjeeling remains a lively and lovely place where one is transported in a whirl of clouds to a world truly apart.
Front Cover illustrations: The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway's Engine No. 782, a world-famous B Class coalfired steam locomotive, built in 1899 by sharp Stewart, Glasgow, Scotland (and still going strong!) with Mount Kanchenjunga in the background. (1999 watercolour by David Charlesworth G.R.A., Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, from the personal collection of Virgil Miedema)
The Classic India Series portrays the Panorama of India's Cultural heritage and landscape beauty. For centuries, India was perceived as the land of fabulous riches, of wisdom, mystique and romance. It is this magic that the Classic Series captures. It provides a window to one of the world's most ancient civilizations- anachronistic at times but most often vibrant and alive today. A collector's item, book in this series is a visual delight.
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