Kalka Shimla Railway in Shimla

Go for a joyride on this UNESCO recognized railway

Go for a joyride on this UNESCO recognized railway | Photo credit: Wikimediacommons/A M Hurrell

Kalka Shimla Railway Overview

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Experience an enchanting journey by boarding the UNESCO recognised Kalka Shimla Railway! Connecting the history-rich town of Kalka with India's finest hill station- Shimla, this route offers some of the most breathtaking sights of the country.

The route, which measures 96 km in length, was laid by the British in the year 1903 to gain access to Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital. Kalka Shimla Railway's inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Site's list on July 8, 2008 is one of the main events in its history.

As the train chugs along the route on a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge track, stunning locales encompassed by towering forested mountains arrest the attention of passengers. It passes through 20 stations, 102 tunnels and 864 bridges, and between every two stations, two tunnels and two bridges, there is boundless natural beauty to behold! The three-stage Arch Gallery (Bridge No. 493), Bridge No. 226 (5 tier galleries of multiple spans) and the longest tunnel in Barog are some of the stupendous architectural feats that add uniqueness to the route.

Right from start to end, this train journey visually delights every passenger on board. Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra and Totu (Jutogh) are some of the beautiful destinations that you get to see through the glass panels of the coaches, during the journey.

The trains operating in the route are loaded with superior features. Shivalik Deluxe, the first super-fast train has wall to wall carpeting, reversible chairs, on-board catering services and bigger windows for better views. Some trains feature a Deluxe Rail Motor Car, which can accommodate a group of 14 at a time.

This coach is equipped with altimeter, transparent fibre glass roof, cushioned chairs for ultimate comfort and elegant light fittings. Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach (RA-4) and the Shivalik Queen (RA-67) are super luxury coaches that are beautifully decorated and provided with bed, kitchen and dining facilities.

  • Photo Opp

    From Kalka to Shimla, the entire journey gives you amazing views of mountains, valleys, villages, rivers, waterfalls and more. Do remember to carry your camera before boarding the Kalka Shimla Railway!
  • For Kids

    The Kalka Shimla Railway line is featured in many Bollywood movies. A scene from the 2007 blockbuster- Jab We Met, which starred Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, has been shot here. In the scene, Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) and Geet (Kareena Kapoor) run to board a train on the Kalka-Shimla route after abandoning a car.

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