No trip to Shimla is complete without experiencing the Kalka-Shimla toy train ride. With enchanting views of pine-covered hilltops and lush foliage, it is one of the most picturesque rail journeys in India. The train ride offers people a glimpse of the stunning beauty of Himachal Pradesh as they travel through lush green valleys dotted with mountains, waterfalls and pine trees.

Owing to its stunning beauty and pleasant weather, Shimla was declared the summer capital of the British Empire. At the time, connectivity between major cities of the country was below par, and existing modes of transport did not guarantee a safe journey. So, the British began operating the Kalka Shimla narrow-gauge train in November, 1903 to allow easy accessibility to Shimla. The ride has 102 tunnels, 864 bridges and 919 curves across its 96 km stretch, making it one of India's most remarkable engineering accomplishments.

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sunset captured from a train

Booking a ride on the Kalka to Shimla toy train is as simple as booking any other journey. You can plan and book the entire trip on the official IRCTC portal. On the website, search for Shimla railway station and fill in the date and time of your journey. After doing that, you will be able to see the trains in the list of options. From there, you can easily book one of the most thrilling train journeys you will ever undergo. Four trains ply on this route - Shivalik Deluxe, Rail Motor, Himalayan Queen and Shimla Kalka Express. It is impossible to categorically decide which of these is the best toy train from Kalka to Shimla as they all are charming in their own way. The ticket fares vary from Rs 70 to Rs 500.

It is impossible to match the thrill and romance of riding the Shimla toy train in ideal weather conditions whilst enjoying the majestic views of nature. The cushioned seats, glass windows and relaxing music ensure you will be embarking on a journey to remember. The scenic train ride stretches through several tunnels alongside lush green valleys and forest-covered hilltops. The longest tunnel in Barog extends for more than a kilometre!

bird's eye view of Shimla
aerial view of Shimla

Considering it is one of the most sought-after experiences in Shimla, the rides are often full. A lot of people rush to the hill station in April, May and June to enjoy the pleasant weather and joyous festivities. There is a lot of rush during Christmas and the new year as well. We advise you to plan the trip and book your toy train ride in Shimla well in advance. Stay at Larisa Hotel, Shimla during your visit to this magnificent hill station.



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