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All You Need To Know About Kalka-Shimla Toy Train.

Traveling from Kalka to Shimla has been made super easy by the Kalka-Shimla toy train facility.

This Kalka-Shimla railway line is made on a 72.2cm narrow-gauge railway track which passes through the various valleys, mountains, and tunnels of the North-Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Passing through the various villages and hills, the toy train journey from Kalka to Shimla provides a fascinating view of some of the most outstanding and mesmerizing beauty of North-India.

The toy train is the best mode of transport if you want to travel from Kalka to Shimla. So, keep reading and know more about the Kalka-Shimla toy train.

Kalka-Shimla Train Route

The distance between Kalka to Shimla is just 97 km and by train, it takes about 6 hrs approximately for the toy train to travel between the two hill stations.

The Kalka-Shimla toy train route starts from Kalka Railway Station located at an altitude of about 655meters till Shimla Railway Station located at an altitude of 2,070 meters.

The railway track passes via. 20 stations, 100+ tunnels, 900+ curves, 960+ bridges to finally reach Shimla.

Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Inside View
Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Inside View
Image ©Sergi Hill taken from Flickr

The Kalka-Shimla Toy Train Route:

  1. Starts from Kalka Railway Station(0km)
  2. Passes via. Taksal Villages(5.5km)
  3. Reaches Gumman Station(10.1km)
  4. Koti Railway Station(16km)
  5. Sonwara(26km)
  6. Reaches Dharampur Railway Station(30km)
  7. Kumarhati Dagshai(40km)
  8. Barog station(42km)
  9. Solan(46km)
  10. Salogra(53km)
  11. Reaches Kandaghat Town(59km)
  12. Kanoh(70km)
  13. Kathleeghat(73km)
  14. Shoghi Railway Station(78km)
  15. Taradevi(85km)
  16. Jutogh, an outlying railway station of Shimla(90km)
  17. Summer Hill Station(93km)
  18. Finally reaches Shimla Railway Station(97km)

Himalayan Queen Train Going from Kalka to Shimla
Himalayan Queen Train Going from Kalka to Shimla
Image ©Raghavan V taken from Wikipedia.

Toy Train Stations between Kalka to Shimla

The list of top stations between Kalka to Shimla are:

  1. Kalka Railway Station(KLK), Railway Colony, Kalka, Haryana
  2. Dharampur Himachal Railway Station(DMP), Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh
  3. Kumarhatti Dagshai Railway Station(KMTI), National Highway 22, Kumarhatti, Himachal Pradesh
  4. Barog Railway Station(BOF), Barog, Himachal Pradesh
  5. Solan Railway Station(SOL), Railway Station Rd, Lawi Khurd, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
  6. Salogra Railway Station(SLR), Salogra, Himachal Pradesh
  7. Kandaghat Railway Station(KDZ), National Highway 22, Kandaghat, Himachal Pradesh
  8. Shoghi Railway Station(SGS), Railway Station Rd, Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh
  9. Taradevi Railway Station(TVI), National Highway 22, Taradevi, Himachal Pradesh
  10. Jutogh Railway Station(JTO), Shimla-Kangra Rd, Totu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  11. Summer Hill Railway Station(SHZ), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  12. Shimla Railway Station(SML), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Kalka to Shimla Toy Train Fare

There are 5 trains between Kalka to Shimla. The average train fare is shown below. Kindly check the official IRCTC Railway Website for booking your train tickets.

Coach TypeFare (INR)
First Class (FC) 295-630
Second Sitting (2S) 70
AC Chair Car(CC) 260-130

Toy train waiting to start its downhill journey from Shimla to Kalka
Toy train waiting to start its downhill journey from Shimla to Kalka

List of the top best toy trains between Kalka to Shimla

The toy trains between Kalka and Shimla are available all seven days of the week from Sunday to Saturday. Kindly check the official IRCTC Railway Website for getting the current status and booking your train tickets.

There are 5 trains between Kalka to Shimla:

#1. KLK SML SPECIAL (52459)

KLK SML SPECIAL (Train no. 52459) takes less time to travel from Kalka to Shimla as compared to the other trains between the two stations.

It takes about 4 hrs and 40 mins average for the journey. It departs from Kalka at 5:10 am in the early morning.

#2. KLK SML PASS (52457)

Whereas, KLK SML PASS (Train no. 52457) takes the most time to reach Shimla from Kalka.

It takes about 5 hrs and 25 mins average for the journey. It departs from Kalka at 3:30 am in the early morning.

#3. SHIVALK DLX EXP (52451)

SHIVALK DLX EXP (Train no. 52451) is the train with the highest fare. The compartment coaches in this train are deluxe type and comfortable than the other trains traveling between the two hill stations.

It is a premium express train where you can find carpet, wide glass windows, cushioned seats, relaxing music, and upgraded toilets.

It departs from Kalka at 5:45 am and takes about 4hrs and 15mins to reach Shimla.

#4. KALKA SIMLA EXP (52453)

If you are searching for a budget-friendly train, then KALKA SIMLA EXP (Train no. 52453) is the best of all. The ticket fare for Second Sitting(2S) type is ₹70, for First Class(FC) is ₹300, and for AC Chair Car(CC) is somewhat ₹130.

It departs at 6:20 am and takes about 5hrs and 15mins to reach Shimla.

#5. HIMALAYAN QUEEN (52455)

This train takes about 5 hrs and 25 mins on an average to reach Shimla from Kalka. It departs Kalka at 12.10 p.m. and arrives in Shimla at 5.30 p.m.

This is indeed one of the most famous trains to go to Shimla.


Kalka Shimla Toy Train at Taradevi Railway Station
Kalka Shimla Toy Train at Taradevi Railway Station
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Why Kalka-Shimla Toy Train is the best mode to travel?

Reasons why the Kalka-Shimla toy train is the best mode to travel from Kalka to Shimla:

  1. The best part is that you get to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains, valleys, landscapes, etc. of the countryside.
  2. Traveling by train provides the passengers with some of the most awesome and mesmerizing sights of Himachal Pardesh which would have otherwise never witnessed.
  3. Enjoy the adventurous train journey while you pass through the 20 stations, 100+ tunnels, 900+ curves, 960+ bridges to finally reach Shimla.
  4. Traveling by train is super easy, luxurious, comfortable, scenic, and above all budget-friendly.
  5. Passengers can find tea and snack stalls at every station along the way.
  6. You can book train tickets of the Second Sitting(2S) type, First Class(FC), and AC Chair Car(CC) type seat as per your need.
  7. The toy trains from Kalka to Shimla and from Shimla to Kalka are available all seven days of the week from Sunday to Saturday. You can get a train to Shimla from as early as 5:00 am in the morning.
  8. Indian Railway provides extra holiday services in addition to the normal train services during the peak season of the year i.e. during the months of May to July, September to October, and December to January. Many special trains with premium carriages operate during this time of the year to cater to the needs of huge amount of tourists traveling from Kalka to Shimla.

Kalka Railway Station
Kalka Railway Station View

Things to know before traveling from Kalka to Shimla in a toy train

  1. You can easily book your train ticket from the Indian Railway ticket booking portal (irctc.co.in). After successful booking you will get the PNR no, coach no, train no, etc. via. text message to your registered phone number. Show this SMS as the train ticket. You can also print it if you want.
  2. The Kalka-Shimla Railway link was awarded as the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Mountain Railways of India’ on 8th July 2008.
  3. Kalka-Shimla is recorded in “The Guinness Book of Rail facts & feats” as the greatest narrow gauge engineering in India. Constructing and maintaining this railway track that passes via. 20 railway stations, 103 tunnels, 900+ curves, 960+ bridges to finally reach Shimla isn’t an easy task.
  4. Barog Tunnel at Barog is the longest tunnel amongst the 103 operational tunnels between Kalka to Shimla.
  5. The speed of the toy train can go from 25km/hr minimum to 40km/hr maximum.
  6. The Kalka-Shimla toy train booking starts one month in advance. So, plan your trip and book your ticket in advance to avoid being on the waiting list.

1. Which is the best toy train from Kalka to Shimla?

Shivalik Deluxe Express (Train no. 52451) is the best toy train to travel from Kalka to Shimla because it is a premium express with deluxe and luxurious coaches which you can book for as low as 565.

Here, you get carpet-covered floors, wide glass windows, cushioned seats, relaxing music, and upgraded toilets.

2. Is there a toilet in the Kalka-Shimla toy train?

Yes, toilets are available on the Kalka-Shimla Toy train named Shivalik Deluxe Express. There are two toilets in each carriage.

3. What about the seat availability of the toy trains?

Seats of the toy trains are hardly available during the peak seasons of the year when the majority of the tourists visit the state i.e. during the months of May to JulySeptember to October, and December to January.

The Kalka-Shimla toy train booking starts one month in advance. So, it’s always best advised that you book your ticket in advance to avoid being on the waiting list.

4. How to book a toy train from Kalka to Shimla?

Steps to book a toy-train ticket:

  1. Visit the Indian Railway official ticket booking website at (irctc.co.in).
  2. Register for a new account or Login to your account.
  3. Go to the Trains > Book Ticket section.
  4. Select the railway stations. Enter from Kalka(KLK) to Simla(SML).
  5. Enter the date of travel and search.
  6. Now select from the list of the available trains based on the departure and arrival time, time of travel, coach type, etc.
  7. Enter the required details like the date of travel, type of ticket, passenger name, age, etc.
  8. Make the payment and book your ticket.
  9. You shall soon receive your ticket as an SMS on your registered mobile number and also as an email to your registered e-mail id with the PNR number, seat number, coach type, etc. and with other required pieces of information as well.
  10. You can also print your ticket if you want.

5. What is the fare of the toy train from Kalka to Shimla?

The average fare of the toy train from Kalka to Shimla is  295-630 for First Class (FC) coach type,  70 for Second Sitting (2S) coach type, and  260-130 for AC Chair Car(CC) coach type.

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