Best toy train from Shimla to Kalka

#1 Feb 4th, 2007, 19:25
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Hi All,

I have heard a lot about the toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka. I've never been on a hill toy train.

So, can u suggest which toy train will be the best?

I got some info at the following url
http://www.himachalpradesh.us/himach...ain.php#timing

but, i don't know how reliable this info is.

I also got to knwo that 'Toy Train' travels from Shimla to Kethalighat,only.After that one has to catch up a bus to kalka which is another 3hrs journey. Is this true?

And, most imp question, how does one book a seat on the toy train? I don't think it shows up on the indian railways website.
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The best toy train i've been on is the 1 to Ooty it's amazing. But don't let me put you off the Shimla 1 that's also amazing (been on it 3x now) i just prefer the Ooty journey, this yr i finally managed to catch the Kangra valley toy train from Pathankot to Kangra & to be honest i was very disappointed nothing like as good as the other 2, maybe it gets more interesting from Kangra to Jogindernagar???
Anyway the shimla 1 goes all the way from Kalka to Shimla you don't have to catch a bus. I've never booked a ticket in advance i've always caught it coming from Shimla & purchased my ticket the day before at the station. KK
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5:30am train is the best one.

I got this in July 2006. Nice easy journey to Shimla with only one stop at Barog.

I booked over internet and eveything was fine.

Only thing I did not like was that due to the timings etc I had to get to Kalka the day before and stay a night there. However I found this was ok.
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thanks for the replies Kullukid and shere...

I am looking to travel from Shimla to Kalka...can you tell me the name and time of the best toy train as per your experience. Which ones have you guys travelled by?

Is Himalayan Queen a toy train? (Shimla Dep 10:30, Kalka arrival 16:05)
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You can take Kalka Mail from Delhi & reach Kalka early morning. The toy train is a connecting train so it will start after Kalka mail arrives.
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The railway line form Kalka to Shimla is narrow gauge so most the trains are what you term toy trains.

Not sure if it runs out of season but the 05:30am train is the best one.

Have a search on http://www.irctc.co.in
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I would say,kangra valley railway is the best because of its proximity to the snow ranes of dhauladhar,but you'll get to see them after kangra.overall in india the toy train to darjeeling is the best.
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Shimla-Kalka-Delhi

Guys,

I am looking to travel from Shimla to Kalka. All your suggestions are for Kalka to Shimla. Please suggest best train combination for Shimla-Kalka-Delhi journey.

Is Himalayan Queen also a connecting train?
256 HIMALYAN QUEEN SIMLA 10:30 KALKA 16:05
4096 HIMALYAN QUEEN KALKA 16:40 N DELHI 22:20

thanks for all your replies.
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Himalayan queen is connected to the delhi-kalka shatabdi if i'm not wrong.
Rishabh
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thanks for the reply Rishabh
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I am also looking for a convenient toy train from Shimla to kalka.
Hopefully one which starts in daylght so that i can enjoy the scenic travel. Shivalik express starts pretty late at 5:40PM

Is the shimla-kalka passenger a toy train? Is it on-par with Himalayan queen / sivalik express? Please guide me.

Here are timings of various trains from shimla to kalka:
http://www.shimla-travel.com/shimla_railway.shtml
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I was always under the impression that all of the trains on that line were, by definition, "toy trains", as they ran on the small guage line... Is there some kind of fancier, more tourist-oriented type of scene in addition to this that I'm not aware of?

I took the one in the morning three years ago, and if I recall, they have it timed not to leave until the train from Delhi reaches Kalka, as a very large proportion of the passengers on the Kalka to Shimla line are connecting.

Also, of course, there are many buses that go to Shimla direct from all these places. But there's nothing scenic about a Volvo.
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On afterthought, that goes the same for the reverse trip as well, if I recall correctly.

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