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Shimla is a beautiful hill station in the magnificent western Himalayan mountain ranges in India. This has historically been a famous city and today is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful hill in north India, in the western Himalayas. It enjoys a striking geographical diversity, ranging from high desert plains to dense cedar forests and terraced orchards, from the snowy mountain ranges to the lakes and rivers fed by the meltwater that flows down from the Himalayas.

There are touristic centers, each one with its own beauties, that will catch you with its charm. Some of then are Kullu and Manali, Parvati Valley and Kasol, Dalhousie and Chamba, Dharamshala and Palampur, and Shimla. Shimla has an interesting colonial past and was once called the summer capital of India. Today tourists from all over India and all over the world travel to Shimla to enjoy a lovely vacation in one of the best hill stations in the country.

Shimla is connected to the rest of the country with a good road transport system and it also has an airport. However, the toy train in Shimla has become a tourist attraction for many people visiting the city. The Kalka Shimla Toy Train runs on the Kalka Shimla Railway Line. At an altitude of 2,076 meters it offers an incredible panoramic view of the Himalayas.

The Kalka Shimla Railway is a narrow gauge railway line that was built in the 19th and early 20th century during India's colonial rule. This railway line was built in the mountains between the towns of Kalka and Shimla. UNESCO has added this famous toy train railway route to the UNESCO World Heritage Site route.

The toy train that runs on this route has a historical charm to it and travelling on this route feels a little like travelling in trains of a different era. Built by British, the wonder of engineering in the 19th century served the highlands of Shimla, and it was erected as an escape route for the British from the heat of summer.

Kalka Shimla Toy Train experience snow

This picturesque route has 20 stations starting from Kalka and ending in Shimla. Kalka is connected to the rest of the country by the Delhi Kalka Broad Gauge line. Kalka is an important railway station in Haryana.

This route has a slow average speed of around 25-30 kilometers per hour for the toy train and this speed is perfect for travelers to enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountainous region between Kalka and Shimla.

Some of the stations on the route include Kalka, Taksal, Dharampur, Solan, Barog, Salogra, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Summer Hill and Shimla. The line stretches for about 96 kilometers and offers spectacular scenery along the entire route. There are many tunnels and exciting turns and some steep slopes which add to the adventure to the trip. This is the reason it becomes one of the popular Shimla attractions for every tourist.

The longest tunnel is over a kilometer long and the scenic beauty of the region is especially spectacular between Barog and Shimla. Another tunnel in Taradevi, crosses cutting through a hill at the top of which there is a famous temple, which has led to talk about the local superstition of the day when the goddess would not allow its construction. When the construction was under way, a great excitement arose from the sightings of a huge snake in the tunnel that turned out to be a long iron pipe along the tunnel to transport fresh air.

There are hundreds of bridges in the mountains that are part of this journey which also make it more exciting to travel on this steep railway toy train journey. The Northern Railway manages the Kalka Shimla Railway and takes care of the day to day maintenance and management of the toy train on this route.

The route starts at a height of around 650 meters above sea level and gradually climbs to its destination in Shimla which is over 1100 meters above sea level. The route goes through the famous Himalayan Shivalik Hills foothills. This is a once in a lifetime experience for many travelers as the scenic beauty of this route is unmatched by any railway route anywhere in the world.

It is an important adventurous tourist-friendly route which has become a scenic attraction. Having said that it is this toy train route which also plays an important role in the transport infrastructure of Shimla.

This route and this toy train connect Shimla to the railway network of the rest of the country. This makes it easy for travelers who prefer the railway to visit Shimla by using this toy train between Kalka and Shimla.

Road links to other places of tourist interest in these hills also start from the Kalka - Shimla Railway. First of all, it is Kasauli, a small and quiet but picturesque town. Kasauli can be approached by road from the station. Leave all the stress behind, breathe the fresh air with pine aroma. The misty atmosphere, the beautiful walks and the spectacular views make Kasauli a memorable experience.

At 3647 meters, the snow-capped Choor Chandni peaks rise majestically among the lower hills. The highest point in Kasauli, known as Manki Point is home to a Hanuman temple. The views are spectacular from here. Accessible from Kandaghat or Shimla, Chail is at an altitude of 2150 meters. Here is the Maharaja Palace, built in the 19th century, together with the houses of its staff that are, today, a beautiful tourist center.

Sanjauli is the main suburb of Shimla. It has many inhabited places nearby like Cemetery road, HB colony, Bhatta Kuffar, Sanjay Van, Dhingu dhar, Shanan, Navbhar, Chaulanti and areas other side of the Sanjauli-Dahli tunnel. Sanjauli is situated just below the Jakhu Hill. Sanjauli has the famous Sanjauli-Dahli tunnel made by British government during that time when Shimla was capital of British India.

Chail is a beautiful hill station located in the Himachal Pradesh region and extends over three mountains of Rajgarh, Pandawa and Sadh Tibba. It overlooks the Sutlej valley and enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Chail boasts of the highest cricket ground in the world, overlooking the Sutlej valley, with a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas.

Chail together with Kufri and Shimla form the golden triangle of Himachal Pradesh and offer breathtaking views of the mountains and a fascinating natural beauty that makes it a great place to visit. Many trekking trails go from Chail to Shimla, Choor Chandni Peak, Kali Ka Tibba and other places. Fishing is a popular activity carried out on the Giri River, a few kilometers from Chail.

The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a large number of wildlife enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. Inside the park you can admire a great variety of flora and fauna that includes animals such as the black deer of the Himalayas, langur, sambar, goral, wild boar, among others. Numerous hiking trails cross the sanctuary like Kandaghat-Chail, Chail-Shimla via Junga, Chail Rajgarh, etc.

Not exactly a trendy tourist destination, a trip to Narkanda offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Places to visit in Narkanda is Hatu Peak. To discover the Hatu mountain range at night, take a tent along with you and camp. The walk is through a mixed forest that covers the whole range of tall conifers: blue pine, cedar, spruce and spruce interspersed with the broadleaf moru. The Hatu Mata temple is located on the top of a long ridge.

The picturesque villages of Kumarsain, Nirmand and Kotgarh can be seen amidst dense forests, apple orchards and terraced fields. You can even see the picturesque villages of Kotgarh, Nimand and Kumarsain from this point! A one-hour walk south-east beyond the Temple of Hatu Mata, and then through the forest dominated by oak trees takes you to the grass patches of Jor Bagh. The nearest airport is Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla.

Visiting Shimla is a lot of fun because of its hill station weather and tourist attraction. But the journey to visit Shimla on a toy train has also become a major tourist attraction for many tourists. This toy train journey is an ideal way to see the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and also visit Shimla which is one of the best tourist destinations in the country.

Popular tourist attractions in Shimla include The Mall, Chadwick Falls, The Ridge and the Jakhoo Temple. Shimla could be visited at any time of the year, but from December to February, there is snowfall in Shimla that attracts the newlyweds. Kufri is home to the oldest ski slopes in the mountain state. Its gentle slopes are perfect for skiing and receive skiers from all over the world.
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23 comments:

  1. Interesting read. My toddler has become obsessed with trains in the past few months. Took him to his first train show last weekend and he loved it!

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  2. What an interesting train journey and experience. I’d like to visit India one day and see this for myself.

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  3. Ohhh, I've always wanted to travel by train! This is so fascinating and looks like a place I want to check out!

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  4. What a wonderful sounding rail route. This is one journey where you would want to take your time and take in all the views.

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  5. This sounds like such an interesting rail route. It is definitely a journey I would like to take.

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  6. I love trained. I enjoyed the read so much! I have always wanted a train road when I was little...

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  7. My kids have always loved trains. We have only been on one once.

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  8. Ohw ow, Such a fun and great experience you had. I ahve never tried traveling on a train but I always wanted to go for it.

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  9. I have never been on a train before, but this looks like such an amazing experience!

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  10. We have a site seeing train expedition close by our home in Tahoe. I've never done it but your experience sounds like something I should try!

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  11. this was a good read. i'd love to visit and see this myself

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  12. Wow this looks so fascinating! Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. This sounds great!! May have to add this to my bucket list!!

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  14. I haven’t travel by trains and Ferry yet. That sounds really fun and interesting to go there.

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  15. This is a nice way to introduce to kids train. My boys love playing with them . we bought them miniture one and surely they would love to see such sight.

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  16. Wow, what a spectacular railway, looks like it was a memorable experience

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  17. Sounds like a fun way to travel. I've never trailed by train but I've always wanted to...this sounds great!

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  18. This really looks like it was a lot of fun! I love train rides!

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  19. Sounds an amazing train ride. Such a great experience to put down on your bucketlist.

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  20. We love travelling on trains especially with so much wonderful picturesque scenery!

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  21. My kids do love train and they are always excited to ride on it though we seldom bring them in those place. Such a nice train ride :-)

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  22. We have a toy train at Matheran, too! I would love to travel in the Shimla Toy train.

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  23. Oh travelling by train seems like such an adventure. Stunning pictures.

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