The Kalka – Shimla Railway is a narrow gauge railway line which connects Kalka to Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. It is one of the few remaining narrow gauge railway still in operation all over India & world. In the year 2008, this unique railway line was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Mountain Railways of India (the other two are Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway).
The Kalka-Shimla Railway construction commenced in 1898; it was seen as a major necessity at the time, as the British rulers had made Shimla the summer capital of colonial India. The railway line was constructed for a length of 96.45 Km connecting Kalka in Haryana to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and passing through Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra, Totu (Jutogh) and Summerhill . The route passes through some of the most scenic landscapes and via 102 tunnels. The longest tunnel is at Barong, which is famous for its local legend of Colonel Barog, who apparently committed suicide as he could not properly align the original tunnel.
The Kalka-Shimla Railway is operational for passengers and tourists on a regular basis. There are 6 train services operational on this route:-
- Shivalik Deluxe Express – An Express Train service with more comfortable chair cars and meal service
- Kalka Shimla Express - An Express Train service with first, second class and unreserved seating
- Himalayan Queen – A Heritage Trainservice with chair cars, connecting Mail/Express train and the Kalka Shatabdi from/to Delhi
- Kalka Shimla Passenger – A Passenger Train service with first, second class and unreserved seating.
- Rail Motor - A railbus originally used to transport upper class travelers, first class seating only, glass roof and possibility to look out to the front. This is a unique rail in which Rail Engine is connected with Bogie (i.e. Engine and Bogy is on same platform). The total passenger capacity of this train is 15 only.
- Shivalik Queen: This is a luxury coach, which is attached to regular trains and can be booked by couples or groups up to eight people through IRCTC Chandigarh office.
If visiting Shimla, the Kalka-Shimla Railway is one of the unique experiences recommended for travelers.
So, if you really want to enjoy the Kalka Shimla Railway experience, you must visit there. Plan your Shimla trip with The Other Home and stay in any Holiday Home Shimla, homestay in India etc.
Kalka – Shimla Railway