The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connecting the town with the plains was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the few steam engines still in service in India.


Darjeeling's schools are either run by the state government or by private and religious organisations. Schools mainly use English and Nepali as their media of instruction, although the national language Hindi and the official state language Bengali are also stressed.


Newspapers in Darjeeling include English language dailies, The Statesman and The Telegraph, which are printed in Siliguri, and The Hindustan Times and the Times of India which are printed in Kolkata and are received after a day's delay.


Darjeeling receives almost all the television channels that are received by the rest of the country.

Cell phones

The area is serviced by local cellular companies such as BSNL, Reliance Infocomm, Vodafone, Airtel and Aircel.

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