Kalka to Shimla toy train journey is the one of the most sought after journey in the country. This track is now on the UNESCO’s world heritage rail site. This is one of the oldest hill railway track built by the British in India.
While traveling from Delhi, one has to change train at Kalka which is the last broad gauge station leading to Shimla. First train to leave from Delhi is the Himalayan Queen (Train no. 14095) at 5.40 am from Sarai Rohala station. Next is the Shatabadi Express (Train no. 12011) at 7.40 am from New Delhi station.
The Himalayan Queen reaches Kalka at 11.10 am and the Shatabadi Express at 11.45 am. Both these trains connects to the Kalka- Shimla; Himalayan Queen toy train departing at 12.10 pm. Do not get confused with the Himalayan Queen name. There is one train by the same name arriving from Delhi and then a toy train leaving Kalka is also named Himalayan Queen.
The Howarh – Kalka Mail (Train no. 12311) departs at 21.40 hours from Delhi station (known as Old Delhi) and reaches Kalka the next morning at 04.40 hours. It connects to two morning toy trains and a Rail Car from Kalka at convenient intervals. Starting point of the trains to Shimla is the same where trains from Delhi arrive at Kalka.
You can watch a video of the Rail Car journey from Kalka to Shimla.
Trains on the Kalka – Shimla route runs slower since it is a hilly track. This is an idyllic journey to be enjoyed and not recommended if one is rushing into the hills. By road one can reach faster to Shimla. Cabs are available at the Kalka railway station and charge Rs. 1400 – 2200 for a drop to Shimla.
Train reservations for this route can be made at any railway booking counter or on the internet on the IRCTC website. Shimla is listed as SIMLA on the IRCTC site. A query for Shimla will lead no result.
There are no AC coaches on the toy trains. Following is a chart of trains on Kalka – Shimla route. FC, CC, 2S means First Class, Chair Car and Second class.
Trains between Kalka to Shimla:
|TRAIN NO.||TRAIN NAME||CLASS||DEP. KALKA||ARR. SHIMLA||FARE|
|72451||RAIL MOTOR||FC||05.10 AM||09.50 AM||305/-|
|52457||KLK SML PASSENGER||FC||04.00 AM||09.20 AM||240/-|
|52451||SHIWALIK EXP||CC||05.30 AM||10.15 AM||375/-|
|52453||KLK SML EXP||FC||06.00 AM||11.10 AM||280/-|
|52453||KLK SML EXP||2S||06.00 AM||11.00 AM||60/-|
|52455||HIMALAYAN QUEEN||CC||12.10 AM||05.20 PM||245/-|
|TRAIN NO.||TRAIN NAME||CLASS||DEP. SHIMLA||ARR. KALKA||FARE|
|52456||HIMALAYAN QUEEN||CC||10.30 AM||04.10 PM||245/-|
|52458||SML KLK PASSENGER||FC||02.25 PM||08.10 PM||240/-|
|72452||RAIL MOTOR||FC||04.25 PM||09.35 PM||305/-|
|52452||SHIWALIK DLX||CC||05.40 PM||10.25 PM||465/-|
|52454||SML KLK EXP||FC||06.15 PM||11.20 PM||280/-|
|52454||SML KLK EXP||2S||06.15 PM||11.20 PM||60/-|
|TRAIN NO.||TRAIN NAME||CLASS||DEP. DELHI||ARR. KALKA|
|14095||HIMALAYAN QUEEN||CC/2S||05.40 AM||10.25 AM|
|12011||SHATABDI EXP||1A/CC||07.40 AM||11.45 AM|
|12925||PASCHIM EXP||3A/SL||11.15 AM||4.40 PM|
|12005||SHATABDI EXP||1A/CC||5.15 PM||09.20 PM|
|12311||HOWARH KALKA MAIL||1A/2A
|09.40 PM||04.40 AM|