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The decent from Choom Station to Darjeeling.

The decent from Choom Station to Darjeeling.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(34)

Item number: 34

Length: 22

Width: 28.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Winding road built along the side of the ridge near Darjeeling in West Bengal, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken in the 1880s. The Hill Cart Road was initiated in the mid 19th century largely as a result of the sudden expansion of tea plantations in the mountains. Constructed and maintained by the Public Works Department, it was 48 miles long, 25 feet wide and cost around £6,000 per mile to build. It was a popular tourist route owing to the spectacular scenery it passed through, but was later superseded by the railway.

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