When it comes to the world’s best rail journeys, the new glass roof train between Kalka and Shimla is soon going to reign the charts. After the successful trial run on December 1, the all-new Vistadome coach between Kalka-Shimla rail route is all set to provide its passengers with a magical experience. While you can gawk at the surreal mountain landscapes, the glass roof will put you in a sweet trance during the times of snow and rainfall.
If you are a sucker for scenic train journeys, you ought to put this magnificent experience on your list. The first-of-its-kind coach on 115-year-old Kalka-Shimla rail route has been refurbished from an old second class coach with the cost of INR 10 lakhs. Not just the cool glass roof feature, the fully air-conditioned Vistadome coach comes with cushioned wooden furnishings to give you a vintage feeling and designer LED lights to spice up the interiors. Steel railings have also been erected by the doors for the safety of passengers.
The Kalka – Shimla Rail, equipped with a Vistadome Coach, ran its first trial trip today. Passengers can now soak in the aesthetic landscape with better vision through the glass top ceiling of the newly converted coach. pic.twitter.com/qzFRzwczNq
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The tickets for 36-seater glass roof train from Kalka to Shimla will cost around INR 500 per seat which is just a few bucks higher than the existing Shivalik Deluxe Express with a fare of INR 425. The journey time between Kalka and Shimla on the new Vistadome is about 5 hours. However, the railway officials are planning to reduce the journey time to 4 hours or less. They are also planning to launch more coaches after they receive a positive response from the tourists.
According to the Northern Railways, the Vistadome coach will be shortly put into service for passengers to soak in the views of verdant valleys and lush mountains. So, you can soon plan a trip to Shimla to embark on one of the most memorable train journeys of your life.