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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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Best tour @Shimla

I want Shimla with my frd. Very cold climate but very beautiful. Hotels are quite costly but nice . My all experience is nice one of the best places of India! I enjoyed allot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I want Shimla with my frd. Very cold climate but very beautiful. Hotels are quite costly but nice . My all experience is nice one of the best places of India! I enjoyed allot. Hope so will be there again ....

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Thank amitray
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Although late for both journeys the train was a great experience. Winding it's way up the hillsides through 103 tunnels and endless bridges. Fantastic scenery as you slowly leave the valleys below. Great for any train enthusiast.

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Thank Geoff H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited shimla on 6th January.i booked toy train name shivalik express from kalka to shimla.its very nice.they provide breakfast also.and view is just awesome.value for money tour by train.

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Thank Renu P
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kalka-Shimla toy train is a nice experience if you have never been on a toy train before. You get to have some nice pictures peeking out of the windows! However, bear in mind that while on a normal train/bus, the journey takes 3 hrs, this journey takes 5+ hours. So, plan for the extra time. We had been on... More 

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New Delhi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is time taking but if you feel.the natural beauty u must use this. This ancient track of railways takes you through to the tunnels, mountains and jungle

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1 Thank Sidharth S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the shivalik exp from Shimla. The Shimla station is a very small place with a tiny platform, 10-15 mins walk from the mall. The narrow gauge track runs through numerous tunnels and forested areas. There are many small picturesque stations in between. The train took 5 hours to reach kalka. The views were good and joinery was comfortable. But... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't have reserved seats but for 50 rupees each we had tickets for unreserved carriage. We fought the scrum to get a seat and managed to get two. The seats were basic, but at least a seat, but after a 5 hour slog up the hill we were numb!! Spectacular views though.

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Thank Graham T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rare experience .. though it is time consuming and slow but that is not a deterrent.. must try if you are with kids..

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Thank MS_Pahwa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The journey from kalka to shimla has taken almost 6 hours and it was a long tiring journey where we felt hungry but there were no food vendors where we could nibble anything

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am a train enthusiast so took the train from Shimla to kalka. It is slow. Seats are benches designed for two anorexic people. Poorly paced. Little space between the facing bench. Dirty. The scenery is partially obscured by the trees/shrubs besides the train tracks. After the first half hour it all seems repetitive. WARNING: don't put your hand outside... More 

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