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    The British-built famous mountain Toy Train at the Batasia Loop in Darjeeling

    Do you ever feel like you have missed a lot while you zipped through in an express train from one place to the other? Or for that matter, an overnight journey in a super-deluxe bus that denied you an experience of slowly exploring surrounding natural beauty! If yes, it’s time to take a journey in one of the popular toy trains in India.

    1. Kalka-Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: Through tunnels and over bridges

    Toy train of Kalka-Shimla Railway built in 1898

    Standing at number 4 in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kalka-Shimla is among the very few operational toy trains in India. It passes through lush green hills offering picturesque views of the surrounding beauty. The 96 km Kalka-Shimla route is a narrow gauge train track that includes 103 tunnels and over 850 bridges.

    An approximately 5.5-hour journey in Kalka-Shimla toy train is an absolutely rejuvenating experience and wholly worth it. An experience that you’ll have stories to tell about!

    Kalka Shimla toy trains – Names, timings, & fares

    Kalka-Shimla Passenger

    • Departs at 04:00 am and takes 5 h 20 min
    • Fare: INR 270 for First Class | INR 25 for General

    Kalka-Shimla Express

    • Departs at 06:00 am and takes 5 h 05 min
    • Fare: INR 25 for General | INR 65 for 2S | INR 295 for First Class

    Kalka-Shimla Rail Motor Car

    • Departs at 05:10 am and takes 4 h 40 min
    • Fare: INR 320 for First Class

    Shivalik Deluxe Express

    • Departs at 05:30 am and takes 4 h 45 min
    • Fare: INR 420 for AC Chair car

    Himalayan Queen

    • Departs at 12:10 pm and takes 5 h 10 min
    • Fare: INR 260 for AC Chair | INR 25 for General

    Note: The Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach and Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach are two tourist special luxury coaches.

    • Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach: INR 3000
    • Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach: INR 4970


    Suggested Read: 7 Super Luxury Trains In India That Are Worth Spending A Fortune

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    2. The Kangra Valley Railway, Himachal Pradesh: In the gorgeous backdrop of the Dhauladhar range

    Dhauladhar Ranges in the backdrop of Kangra Valley Toy Train

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    Kangra Valley Railway boasts of yet another heritage toy train in India that runs on narrow gauge between Pathankot and Jogindernagar. This train is a UNESCO World Site that meanders through swift streams running parallel to the track, numerous bridges and tea gardens of Palampur. It also offers grand views of the great Dhauladhar Range showing its prominence in the region.

    Route: Pathankot Junction – Jwalamukhi Road – Kangra – Nagrota – Palampur – Baijnath – Jogindernagar




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