1706

Bhutanese Army captures a part of Sikkim.

1763

Monks from the Pemiiongchi Monastery arrives at Darjeeling.

1765

The construction of the Dorrjeeling Monastery is completed.

1814

The Nepalese War-Between British East India Company and Nepal.

1815

Treaty with Nepal and the start of Gorkha recruitment in the British Army.

1816

The transfer of land captured by Bhutan back to Sikkim.

1835

Lord William Bentick is given the entire of Darjeeling Hills through the 'Deed of Grant' by the Sikkimputee Rajah Chophoe Namgye.

1840

The Declaration of the Nepalese Army Revolt.

1841

The Sikkimputee Rajah Chophoe Namgye receives 3,000 Rupees as emoluments on lieu of partying away with the Darjeeling Hills.

1842

The emolument is increased to Rs. 6,000.

1850

The Superintendent of Darjeeling, Dr. Campbell declares the population of Darjeeling to be 10,000.

1865

British defeats Bhutan and captures Kalimpong and the Doars.

1869

Population of the Darjeeling town declared to be 22,000.

1870

First Tea Plantation in the region.

1879

The Darjeeling Steam Tramway Company commences work on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

1880

(March) Lord Lyton, the Viceroy of India becomes the first individual to travel on the 'Tiny'.

1880

(August) Services of the 'Tiny' opened formally for the general population.

1881

(July) Line is extended from Kurseong to Darjeeling. The Darjeeling Steam Tramway Company is renamed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Company.

1885

(June) Line is extended from the Darjeeling Railway Station right to the Market Square/Gundree Bazar.

1896

(February) Mark Twain arrives in Darjeeling.

1897

(10th November) The first Hydro-electric undertaking in the Indian sub-continent, Sidrapong Hydro- electric station is inaugurated by C.C. Stevens, acting Lieutenant Governor of Bengal.

1915

A Branch of the DHR is opened from Siliguri to Kalimpong and named as the Teesta Valley Line.

1918

'Chandrika' one of the first Nepali literary magazine published. Editor-Parasmani Pradhan.

1919

The famous Batasia Loop constructed.

1923

Treaty with Nepal.

1924

(9th March) Dalbahadur Giri, Mahatma Gandhi's close associate and an ardent freedom fighter dies. Mahatma Gandhi fasts and prays for the 'great patriot'.

1925

Mahatma Gandhi arrives in Darjeeling.

1925

(16th June) Deshbandhu Chitranjan Das dies at his Step Aside residence at the age of 55. The nation plunges into mourning.

1948

(20th October) Indian Government purchases the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and absorbs it into the Indian Government Railway Organization.

1950

(21st July) India signs a treaty with Nepal. The Teesta Valley branch of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway closes following major washout. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway comes under the management of the Assam Railway Organization

1953

(May 29th) Tenzing Norgay unfurls the United Nations, England, Indian and the Nepalese flag on Mount Everest.

1958

Darjeeling Himalayan Railways and ex-Assam lines transferred to the newly created North East Frontier Railway zone.

1962

Railway line realigned and extended from Siliguri to New Jalpaiguri for freight.

1964

(April) The New Jalpaiguri-Darjeeling Rail line opened for general populace.

1969

The United Front Government of West Bengal gives recognition to use Nepali language as an official language in the three sub-divisions of Darjeeling.

1988

(July 10) GNLF passes the resolution on the acceptance of an Autonomous Council. (August 22) The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Accord is signed.

1992

(20th August) Nepali Language included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

1999

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.

2006

(October) Golden Jubliee Celebration of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

Copyright - FALLEN CICADA, "Unwritten History of Darjeeling Hills" written by Sanjay Biswas/Barun Roy.

 
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