There’s just something about travelling on a train that can never be replaced by any other transport. No matter how exciting your first time on a Plane feels, or stepping onto the deck of a ship feels, it’s nothing compared to a journey by a train.

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If you’re like me and enjoy taking things slow, then you know that the gentle, rhythmic rolling of the train, the passing countryside, the tunnels you pass through, as you take in the feel of the journey are incomparable. And among all the amazing railway stations in India, the one I found to be the most exquisitely beautiful is this small railway station close to Darjeeling, the Ghum Station.

 

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The highest railway station in India at a height of 2,258 meters, Ghum is also the 14th highest railway station in the world. The station is located in the town of the same name, Ghum, also spelled Ghoom. Being a meeting point of several roads, The Hill Cart Road from Siliguri to Darjeeling also runs through the town. The station falls on the route of The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, fondly known as the Toy Train.

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Being an extremely popular tourist attraction, Darjeeling itself is well known for its quaint cafes and sunrise points. Ghum, on the other hand, is where tourists get down to absorb the breathtaking beauty of the locale. The foggy town, with its cloudy, cool, windy weather, at times, followed by snow, feels mysterious and magical at the same time, and draws you in with it’s feeling of peaceful serenity.

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Apart from Tiger Hill, The Ghum Monastery is another popular spot to visit, near the station. This old Buddhist Monastery has numerous colourful frescoes adorning its walls apart from the massive image of Buddha it boasts of, as well as a large number of Tibetan Manuscripts.

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The other point to visit is The Batasia Loop situated on a flat top overlooking the magnificent Kunchenjungha range near the Ghum station. An immensely popular tourist spot with a great view of Darjeeling and the Himalayan range, there is also a war memorial at the centre of the Loop, and the entire area is decorated with beautiful gardens.

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