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Visit the Sukna Museum to see the rare collections of pictures

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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In the year of 2005 during the month of September, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Museum at Sukna was set up and after the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum in Ghoom and Kurseong the Sukna museum was the third museum. In Sukna museum there are many rare collections of pictures and sketches and there is a such sketch of a Sahib, a white foreigner who was travelling on the shoulders of four Indian porters and they themselves were struggling to carry him uphill on a dandy, a portable seat which was used during ancient days and it was one of the mode of transport in Darjeeling area. The name of the white Sahib was Mark Twain and his picture was sketched during 1897. From Siliguri Junction to Sukna railway station it is almost 11 kilometres and the Sukna museum is in the same place, the tickets for Sukna Museum needs to be bought from the Sukna railway station. In the museum there are also sketches of tangas, horse-drawn carriages which used to ply in Darjeeling long before the Hill Card Road was built. There are many rare collections of pictures like the picture of the toy train which is actually coming out below the Coronation Bridge of Sevoke, the 1880 Kurseong railway station before it was moved to its current location, the Tindharis station on 1910 and many more. The Sukna museum has a lot of things to say through the rare picture collections. Another rare picture of a 100-year woman who used to visit the Tindharia station in the year of 1890s and she was known as a witch of Ghoom by the locals. All the rare pictures of the Sukna museum have a short story-line below which makes the pictures more interesting and somehow informative to the visitors. One can also take back home some items or a souvenir from the small shop which is just outside the Sukna museum, the items on sale are like Darjeeling Himalayan Railway T-shirts, Caps and a key chains etc. To reach Sukna Museum one can take a steam engine hauled toy train from Siliguri Junction or can take a taxi from Darjeeling or Siliguri, and the people travelling to Sukna by toy train will also be given a certificate of the ride as a small memento.


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