Kalka Shimla Toy Train
If you want to step back in time, get ready to aboard the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and connects Shimla to the Indian northern plains. The train ride includes passing through 102 tunnels, 919 curves, and 864 stunning bridges.
It is said that the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train spans around 60 miles and offers some of the most scenic views you will see. The route has a huge display of some awe-inspiring landscapes and the journey takes place on the narrow gauge from Kalka to Shimla. The passengers are able to have a look at some of the most breathtaking views of their lives and the thick pine forests with valleys and waterfalls will win your hearts.
The journey takes around five hours to complete and is a must on your to-do list.
History of Kalka Shimla toy train
After the Anglo-Gurkha war, Shimla that was earlier called as Simla had been established by the British. In the year 1864, it had become the summer capital for the British and was also the British army’s headquarters at the time.
But the only problem remained the connectivity to Shimla, earlier only through bullock cart was possible on the mountain terrain and it posed danger, was unsteady and used to take a long period of time to reach.
The narrow Kalka-Shimla gauge was then started in the year 1903 and was also at the time called ‘British Jewel of the Orient’. It is now an iconic symbol of Shimla and has been cherished over the years both by the locals and tourists.
Route of Kalka Shimla toy train
The wonderful journey through the Kalka-Shimla train allows people from all over the country to have a look at some of the most mesmerizing and beautiful sights that would have been otherwise impossible to witness. The journey begins at Kalk, which is located in Panchkula district of Haryana. At about 655 meters, the trains start with its uphill climb. After passing through about eighteen stations it finally reaches the Shimla station which is situated at an elevation of 2076 meters surrounded by the Himalayas.
Gradually as the train is moving uphill, the speed of the train reduces down. At all of the stations, there are snack stalls and tea that you can enjoy and you get to have a taste of local food all along the way. The journey is truly magical for kids and adults alike.
Without a doubt, the Barog station will remain the main highlight of the journey. It has the longest tunnel that stretches 1, 143 meters. The again the bridge number 226 is an architectural marvel in itself as it passes over deep valleys that have been surrounded by the steep hills on both of the sides. While being in the carriage it is difficult to see the bridge.
Surely this is a journey that everyone should take and you can make the reservations for it online as well.