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Kalka - Shimla Railway

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Address: Shimla, India
Phone Number:
2610800
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This railway was built in 1903 to connect the summer capital of India to...

This railway was built in 1903 to connect the summer capital of India to Punjab.

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It does take a long time but it's great fun to ride into Shimla on this train. Small cramped carriages and you step up onto it so it can be tricky if mobility is an issue. Built... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Terry H
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Medway kent
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Shivalik Express ran 3 and a half hours late. We arrived at 0450 for the 0520 train. At 0500 they announced was running 3+ hours late. The train from Delhi was late so they held the toy train. We booked chair class (first). Reasonably comfortable, food served at seat half way through journey, water and newspaper provided. Toilets could do... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Whilst we appreciate and are aware that 1: this is a railway line and carriages built by the British over 100 years ago the standard of the carriages are UNACCEPTABLE. No western toilette on board for a five hour journey is simply NOT on for today's tourism! 2: also appreciate that locals use this service and they perhaps could not... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It does take a long time but it's great fun to ride into Shimla on this train. Small cramped carriages and you step up onto it so it can be tricky if mobility is an issue. Built by Brits in the Empire days so the toffs could escape the Indian summer heat in the cooler clear climate of Shimla. There... More 

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Thank Terry H
Stafford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were sat on uncomfortable bench seats with limited space between us and the people opposite. The carriages are (not surprisingly ) rather small and feels rather cramped when full. There are comments made about the wonderful views which I agree with but photo opportunities are not easy as the view is often blocked by trees and vegetation. Once in... More 

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Thank Dinley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having been a railway buff in my youth this journey had much to appeal! The views you were amazing and the engine and carriages interesting! However the train is cramped, the seats uncomfortable and if you get the opportunity do half the journey and then continue to the top by taxi!

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Thank John B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This runs from Kalka to Shimla. I boarded this around 12 pm and mind it , it runs on time. I had visited Shimla thrice but not on this train. Only the 4th time I was able to book it. After reaching Shimla I realised what I missed. The scenic view from this train is wonderful. Few things to note... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's good for the first time.....Nice feeling....it is a long journey....but nice .....great when u r in a group.... Entertaining..... Put some food wid u...

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Thank Nishant C
Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This magnanimous trip enriches your travel to Shimla. Please be aware that you need to book this quite early. Usually, you never get booking for this train. I got waitlisted and it never confirmed. in my further visits, I could able to get it. If you want to book this, you have to plan 2 months early. Even though you... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kalka Shimla railway is a very small train that runs between kalka and Shimla. There were many tunnels and many small stations on the route.

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Hai Phong, Vietnam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You should try this train. When it run thru the forest its amazing. Small train - toy train. I booked ticket and got the seat in Himalaya Queen

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