The Nostalgic Final Ride of Ethnic Railway Journey

Abhishek Mandal

Category: travel
Date of Publication: Dec 20 , 2014


The Katwa-Balgona is a narrow gauge line, which is the last trace of Bengal Light Railway (BLR), is now waiting for its extinction after almost 100 years journey. Actually, it is a part of the Katwa-Burdwan narrow gauge line and covers 27 km railway track that connects Shripat-Shrikhanda, Shrikhanda, Bankapasi, Kaichar, Nigan and Saota - some beautiful rural villages. The train fair is only 10 INR for one end journey and it takes 2 hours from Katwa to Balgona and vice versa. Four trains travels through this route regularly. One can smell the soil of the passing villages while travelling in this train as it runs through the midst of the green fields and by the side of the Santal villagers huts.

But Indian government stopped this nostalgic railway form 30th November, 2014. It will replace with broad gauge rail track.

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