Shimla Kalka train timings

#1 Oct 10th, 2006, 05:10
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Hi!
I will taking the Howrah Delhi Kalka express from Delhi to Kalka. It reaches Kalka at 5am. Im planning to catch the Shivalix express at 5:30. Is that possible?
How much time in advance should we wait at the station to get a seat on the Shimla-Kalka trains?
Is there any way i can book etickets in advance??
Please help.
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#2 Oct 25th, 2006, 15:23
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Hi Naj,

Visit the website www.indianrail.gov.in and you will get the train numbers and timings of the Kalka-Shimla route. I personally went with Kalka mail from Howrah and then boarded Shivalik Delux at Kalka. It was a beautiful experience that I cherish. Book tickets in advance otherwise you will not be able to board the train. It is very popular now. There is another Kalka-SHimla express leaving at 6:30 but the previous one (Shivalik Delux at 5:30) is better, it is the only narrow gauge Shatabdi category train in India with breakfast served en-route. It has a sitting capacity of 120.

happy journey

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#3 Nov 1st, 2006, 20:34
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I used the same trains in 2005 summer. They are connecting trains and Kalka Shimla Shivalik exp starts from other side of the same platform.

Book your ticket from IRCTC.

This train is the main attraction in this area.
#4 Nov 3rd, 2006, 14:03
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Cutting it too close

I think its cutting it a bit too close. I dont know what is the success percentage of the Howrah express reaching destinations on time. Though the toy train leaves from all of a 100 meters away, it wont help if you miss it.

Why dont you take a bus/ cab up instead and catch it on your way down instead?
#5 Nov 3rd, 2006, 15:48
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The Kalka mail has a long halt at Delhi and a long running time so as not to reach Kalka before dawn so even if it is a bit late it reaches Kalka on time.
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The halt is all very well, but travelling early morning during that time of the year is plauges with "fog" problems, if the shatabdi can get delayed by close 1.5 hours on a 3 hour trip then the chances of this getting delayed are even higher.
#7 Nov 3rd, 2006, 16:17
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Isnt Shiwalik Deluxe connecting train to Kalka Mail so if Kalka Mail gets delayed, the Shiwalik depature gets delayed too?
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you are right .

the Shivalik Delux is the connecting link train to Kalka Mail, and from here, we often purchase tickets with reservation from Howrah to SHimla, so there is practically no chance of missing it. However, it is always better to confirm this from a railway official.

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I got the 5:30am train in August this year. It is a very nice journey and the breakfast was good.

I stayed overnight in Kalka as I was travelling from Haryana, but there were passengers on the 5:30 who had travelled from Delhi.

I would buy etickets in advance. There are enough threads covering how to buy these tickets.
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[QUOTE=Naj;252849]Hi!
I will taking the Howrah Delhi Kalka express from Delhi to Kalka. It reaches Kalka at 5am. Im planning to catch the Shivalix express at 5:30. Is that possible?
How much time in advance should we wait at the station to get a seat on the Shimla-Kalka trains?
Is there any way i can book etickets in advance??
Please help.
#11 Apr 22nd, 2010, 12:11
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Originally Posted by vmehra24 View Post Isnt Shiwalik Deluxe connecting train to Kalka Mail so if Kalka Mail gets delayed, the Shiwalik depature gets delayed too?
Right, the Shiwalik Deluxe connects with Kalka Mail. So if Kalka Mail is delayed, Shiwalik will also be delayed.
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#12 Apr 23rd, 2010, 19:56
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Some excellent info about connecting trains between Kalka and Shimla here: At Kalka, does the Motor Rail Car wait for the Howrah-Kalka Mail to arrive?

Also there are some tourist special trains which you can book as a group: this snap has the details.
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2 years ago I took the rail motor to simla which also leaves Kalka at 5.30. I was on the howrah kalka mail which got delayed at delhi itself by 6 hrs. but when the kalka mail reached kalka, all the trains including the shivalik were waiting for it to arrive. All the trains that I have mentioned above are attached to the howrah kalka mail. So if you are travelling on the howrah kalka mail, rest assured that you are not going to miss the shivalik express. In fact the rail motor departed earlier to the shivalik for simla.
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Kalka Mail & Shivalik delux - no longer connecting?

Just to update, after the major accident in Howrah - Kalka Mail (12311), it is starting pretty late from Howrah (as per information in www.trainenquiry.com). As a result, it is no longer able to provide connection to Shivalik Delux at Kalka (again, as per information in www.trainenquiry.com).

Can anyone who recently traveled comment?
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