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Kalka - Shimla Railway

Solan, Shimla 173212, India
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Not for the faint hearted

1 hour on this train would be plenty, the upright bench seats were very uncomfortable and it was a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

One of the best route to see the beauty of shimla. Tried both way. It was hectic. Should try once... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
New Delhi, India
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This railway was built in 1903 to connect the summer capital of India to Punjab.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“toy train” (370 reviews)
“himalayan queen” (113 reviews)
Solan, Shimla 173212, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago

1 hour on this train would be plenty, the upright bench seats were very uncomfortable and it was a Great relief when we arrived at stations so we could get out and stretch our legs. They could do so much more with this ride to...More

Thank Abaphil
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the best route to see the beauty of shimla. Tried both way. It was hectic. Should try once with family.

Thank Sanjeev2548
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This really is overrated. The outside of the train was filthy including the windows! How can you view the scenery if you can’t see it? We had an unfortunate 2 hr delay setting off and it was a slightly hazy day so we arrived very...More

1  Thank Shady111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our connection from Kolka was late. No worries though, the Toy Train always waits. Slow but great views. Two single fares 550 rupees. Due to the delay it was dark when we arrived. Train stops at several stations for long enough for the toilet or...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a good trip but the long journey hours makes it exhausting. It starts early in the morning and reaches Shimla at around 11. Almost 5 hours journey. Indian railways did a great job by maintaining it clean as much as possible. But they can...More

Thank Arunkumar S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not booked seats, but our guide went to the Chief Ticket Collector who was able to provide 2seats in a reserved seating coach at short notice ! The train was extremely busy. We did have padded seats, but 3rd class was definitely standing...More

2  Thank gastronaut_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this trip as part of a Golden Triangle holiday with Great Rail Journeys. Absolutely loved this journey despite the small narrow gauge train and the 5 and a half hour ride from Kalka to Shimla. Fantastic scenery and a great experience

1  Thank 1948Gooner1948
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To be honest this was a very long ride on uncomfortable seats. The seats are narrow upright benches that afford no comfort. Occasionally the views were magnificent but to be honest most of the views at the time of our travel were covered by foliage....More

1  Thank bakery3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This narrow gauge railway runs trains and rail cars between Shimla and Kalka. It is a scenic stretch and a ride on this section provides immense joy to both young and old. This Railway section is a National heritage and is under protection of UNESCO....More

Thank kc j
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What an EXPERIENCE! And not for the faint hearted! A 5 Hour journey thru the most wonderful scenery climbing higher and higher until you reach Shimla. The views were stunning. The camaraderie was excellent. And it was an opportunity to get to know your fellow...More

Thank Rhona C
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Adrija C
November 24, 2017|
Response from Roger D | Reviewed this property |
Suggest you contact Indian Railways as the web site is not explicit on the matter.
Rahul S
November 17, 2017|
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Response from rtwk271294 | Reviewed this property |
You should book online on the Indian Railways reservation portal. Unlike other trains the reservation window for a toy train opens only a month ago. So plan it accordingly. I would suggest to travel only one way in toy train... More
November 10, 2017|
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Response from rtwk271294 | Reviewed this property |
Planned itinerary is always preferred. Also depending on the season you might not find a hotel vacant. So i would suggest what I do 1. make an online booking 2. don't pay in advance 3. visit the hotel 4. Try and bargain 5... More