|Kalka – Shimla by UNESCO heritage toy train |
Arrive Kalka station at 0430 hrs. Upon arrival we change the train, boarding the narrow–gaugeRail Motor 72451 at 0510 hrs / Shivalik Deluxe 52451at 0530 hrs, which has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.
The train snakes its way through cedar and pine forests, passing pear and pomegranate orchards as we climb into the misty peaks of the lush green Himalayan foothills. The narrow-gauge railway covers 96 kilometers, with stunning feats of engineering found around every corner of track, past little hamlets and terraced fields. The train crosses more than 800 over breathtaking bridges and viaducts and travel through 102 tunnels, 991 curves and passing by important station/ points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Tara Devi, Barog, Salogra, and summer hill through beautiful valleys and hills to the colonial town of Shimla known as “Queen of Hills”.
Shimla is nestled in the heart of the Himalayan foothills. The city is a former summer resort, where wealthy colonial residents escaped the sweltering heat of the plains by heading for the mountains, which provided both cooler conditions and a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of Indian life. In the mid-19th century the town was chosen as the summer capital of the British Raj.
Arrive Shimla Railway Station at 0950 / 1015 hrs upon arrival transfer to Oberoi Cecil Hotel for two nights. Overnight stay at hotel. [B, D]