Trains to Shimla

The Trains to Shimla will transport you to a fairytale land, complete with mountain mists, spectacular deep valleys and the fleeting sight of a gurgling stream.

Shimla is connected to the rest of India by broad gauge railway up to Kalka railway station. A narrow gauge railway line connects Kalka to Shimla. The distance from Kalka to Shimla is 96 kilometers and the travel time is 6 hours. You shall encounter quaint tunnels along the way. If you are in a hurry, you are advised to board the Shiwalik Express. The trains to Shimla invariably has a rail car; the ride in the rail car and soaking in the passing Himalayan beauty is a delightful experience.

The trains to Shimla from Kalka also passes through stations which are tourist spots in themselves; the important stations include Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Barog, Salogra, Summerhill and of course Shimla. The spectacular scenery along the route will leave you spellbound.

Shimla Railway Station

The trains to Shimla from Kalka chugs through 102 tunnels. The tunnels themselves bear many a legend. For example the longest tunnel at Barog bears the blood of its engineer-creator who reportedly committed suicide after an engineering mistake. The Barog tunnel is an amazing 1143.61 meters long and passes through fissured sand-stone.

The trains to Shimla passes over 864 bridges. Only one of the 864 bridges has a steel truss; the rest are multi-arched galleries akin to ancient Roman aqueducts.

The first train of the few trains to Shimla starts its ascent from Kalka railway station at 4AM in the morning.

Last Updated on : 4/9/2012

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