Kalka to Shimla 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. Toy train has now come under the world heritage list of UNESCO and stands at fourth rank. It fascinates the visitors and there is no going back to their native places. The scenic beauty which starts from Kalka to Shimla is thrilling and wonderful throughout the route.
Amazing 103 Tunnels on the Kalka Shimla Toy Train Route
Kalka Shimla toy train line was opened for people on 9 November 1903. Initially, there were 107 tunnels, while in the year 1930 a few tunnels were defuncted and that renumbered it to 103.
Today there are 102 tunnels, but numbering on tunnels has not changed because of tradition. It still keeps 103 number. tunnel at Shimla. There are 800 bridges and 900 curves in between its course.
There are 700 bends in the entire route! Awesome views are offered, yes just like the picture beside this content! You can see this 700 times! Don’t miss any bend during the trip.
Yes! another fact that can’t be negotiated that, booking for Kalka Shimla Toy Train is available for 1 month in advance! Don’t miss the chance to get on the train.
The amazing 6 hours of Shimla Kalka Toy Train Tour
Time taken by tiny toy train to reach Shimla is around 5-6 hours. The Kalka Shimla route is 96 km long, including 103 tunnels except for one which no longer exists. The Kalka Shimla train track is a narrow gauge. Every tunnel has its own story. The longest tunnel of Barog will take around 3 minutes to reach the other end. Visitors will also come across the artful humped bridges. The toy train ride covers main passenger points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Barog, Taradevi, Summer hill and Shimla.
There is a huge demand for toy train during summer holidays. Seats gets booked on the day the reservation is thrown open so if you are planning in the summers please make sure that you book your train ticket first or else you may miss this special and delightful experience.
Interesting things to know about Toy Train from Shimla to Kalka
All infrastructure like signals, the track, engines, rolling stops has been maintained by northern railways of India. But all the engineering’s remains the same as it was during British Empire. Safety between the stations has been insured using the system “Neal’s instrument”. It has named after Mr. Neal who was a British person and developed this system.
Manali, a town blessed with nature is located in Himachal Pradesh. Its is a famous hill station for best memorable vacations and adoring honeymoons. This town turns into a magical place in winters as it fills with snowy surroundings.
Manali is surrounded by thick pinewood and deodar forests along with that mountains range of Himalayas are also covering this town. It makes Manali to remain evergreen for tourists. Every month, number of tourists are getting higher than past year.
Manali can be reached by various transportation. Luxury Buses transfers, cabs and some of airlines also offer the services to reach Manali.
Delhi to Manali: 540 kms-14 hours journey (approx.)
Kullu to Manali: 50 kms-1.5 to 2 hours journey (approx.)