Haridwar to Kalka by train or cab?

#1 Jan 31st, 2011, 21:07
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Some friends of mine are going to India in a few weeks,first stop Rishikesh. They then want to head to Shimla via toy train from Kalka. They were going to take a cab direct from Rishi to Kalka & get the first train the next morn up to Shimla. I'm not one for booking trains in advance via net, but from what I've read on IM you can't book the early morn train from Kalka online is this correct?
Also, if they wanted to go from Haridwar to Kalka by train instead of cab is it possible to get a train from Haridwar to Ch'garh then onto Kalka? I don't think there is such a route & I think they'd probably have to go Haridwar-Ambala-Kalka is this correct? Please advise?KK
#2 Jan 31st, 2011, 21:15
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You can book the early morning train from Kalka to Shimla. Train 52453, 52455 and 72451 can be booked only 30 days in advance.

Haridwar-Ambala-Kalka is the right route.
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Thanks Aarosh,can this be booked through irtc website? KK
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Yes, if you have a credit/debit card issued in India. If no then use www.cleartrip.com or www.makemytrip.com
#5 Feb 1st, 2011, 03:42
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There's a new day train come into service in the last week, though it only runs 3 days a week and would mean staying in Chandigarh overnight.

Haridwar-Chandigarh-Una train

Or

Here's a daily daytime option that should get to Chandigarh in time to catch the Shatabdi train to Kalka and the onward train to Shimla, all on the same day.

Roorkee is about 30km from Haridwar (does that make it about 60 from Rish?)

Train 12231 departs Roorkee daily at 06:27 and gets to Chandigarh at 09:55

The Shatabdi departs Chandigarh at 11:13 (Kalka at 11:45, then train getting to Shimla at 17:20)

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