Imagine yourself being in Shimla currently. And with currently I meant, somewhere around mid-june. Basically, what I mean is that Shimla, tucked in the aesthetic, apple loaded state of Himachal Pradesh, makes for the perfect summer gateway with June being the month it gets so chilly and romantic.
Shimla, over the years, even when the British used to rule India has been people’s favourite. And why not? For it has got everything to make a vacation a memorable one.
Amazing resorts? Check. Shopping experience? Check. Romantic weather? Check. A partner? That you need to bring for yourself. And toy trains? Check.
Of the various attractions in Shimla, the most sought after and mesmerizing is the Kalka Shimla toy train. Or say, trains for actually there are five in total. And you are to get addicted to this beauty of each one.
From the inside, Kalka-Shimla toy train is a decent looking train, but when you get your head out of the window, you are inundated with scenes that you would never be able to forget.
The first Kalka-Shimla toy train was started in 1903 and today is a UNESCO site and the best way to reach Shimla if you live anywhere near Kalka in Haryana.
The trains take you on a journey through lush green mountains with scenic, misty views and through 103 tunnels and 850 bridges. Though not the safest advice, but one would invariably feel the urge to stand at the doors of the Kalka-Shimla toy train from the beginning of the 5.5 hours journey.
Five Kalka-Shimla Toy Trains
In total there are five toy trains that begin from Kalka. Howevere, during the summer season, two more special trains are also introduced. Here are the details:
|Train Name||Train Number||Starts from Kalka||Arrives at Shimla|
|Himalayan Queen||52456||10:30 AM||4:10 PM|
|Shimla-Kalka Passenger||52458||2:00 PM||8:10 PM|
|Rail Motor||72452||4:25 PM||9:35 PM|
|Shivalik Deluxe express||52452||5:40 PM||10:25 PM|
|Kalka Shimla Express||52454||6:15 PM||11:20 PM|
|Holiday Special||258||9:25 AM||3:15 PM|
|Holiday Special||254||3:50 PM||9:05 PM|
Kalka to Shimla Toy Train Fare
Rail Motor costs approximately Rs 300 while Shivalik Deluxe costs Rs 500. Shimla Kalka Express and Himalayan Queen cost Rs 70 and Rs 260 approximately.
You can book a seat in the Kalka-Shimla toy train here.