How to go Shimla with the toy train?

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Basically, if you are planning for a fun trip on the historic UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla toy train is always like traveling back in time. So, the railway, built by the British in 1903 to provide access to their summer capital of Shimla, provides one of the most scenic train journeys in India. It enlivens passengers as it gradually winds its way steeply upwards along the narrow track, through rugged mountains and pine forests.

Kalka to Shimla through toy train offers a grand view of pine covered hill tops, flora and fauna, and the typical picture which makes the hills, queen of hills. Toy train is the best mode of transport to explore the treasuries of great Himalayas. It mainly fascinates the visitors and there is no going back to their native places. So, the scenic beauty which starts from Kalka to Shimla is thrilling and wonderful throughout the route. So, time taken by tiny toy train to reach Shimla is around 5-6 hours.

So, the Kalka Shimla route is 96 km long, including 103 tunnels except for one which no longer exists. The Kalka Shimla train track is mainly a narrow gauge.  Every tunnel has its own story. So, the longest tunnel of Barog will take around 3 minutes to reach the other end. So, visitors will come across the artful humped bridges. The toy train ride mainly covers main passenger points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Barog, Taradevi, summer hill and Shimla.

Kalka Shimla toy train booking

Please not that the Kalka Shimla toy train bookings open only one month in advance, not like other trains which open two months in advance. Mainly bookings have to be done in advance especially in summer and winter, as large numbers of tourists are pouring in. So, during Dussehra holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year, there is so much rush, it’s better to book your ticket early.

The service is available seven days a week. Toy train advance bookings can be done online through a number of websites. IRCTC, a government undertaking of the Indian Railways is the nodal agency for all online ticket bookings of Kalka Shimla trains. Tickets can also be booked from affiliate websites of IRCTC.

Mainly the source station to select is Kalka (KLK) and destination station is Shimla (SML)

So, the Shimla Kalka toy train bookings can also be done anywhere in India at Indian railways online ticket counters. Basically the journey through the toy train takes more time so you can enjoy sightseeing of Himalayan hills. So, the train will always pass through lush green landscapes, dense pine and deodar forests which will surely make you wordless.

Extra Holiday Services

So, in addition to the normal train services, special trains operate during the busy holiday seasons in India. This is basically from May to July, September and October, and December and January.

So, one of these trains is the Shivalik Special, with premium carriages. It is currently runs from Shimla to Kalka, with one departure per day at 3.50 p.m. so; travel time is about five and a half hours, with nine stops.

 Travel Tips

The best views are on the right side of the train when going to Shimla, and the left side when returning. If you find it necessary to stay overnight at Kalka, there are very few accommodations to choose from. A better option is to head to Parwanoo, a few kilometers away. Himachal Pradesh Tourism has an unremarkable hotel there. Alternatively, it you want to splurge, Moksha Spa is one of the top Himalayan spa resorts in India.

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