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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!

    Details About Kalka Shimla Toy Trains

    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

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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

    Fare:

    • For ordinary train: INR 35
    • For the Kangra Queen: INR 330 (Ist Class) | INR 310 (Chair Car) | INR 190 (2nd Class)

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    3. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, West Bengal: An engineering marvel

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

    The intimidatingly high snow-clad mountains, the zigzag turns and thrillful steep gradients are a common sight if you’re on board the Darjeeling Himalayan toy train. The breathtakingly beautiful landscape makes you wonder about this engineering marvel.

    On board, you get to witness the Kanchenjunga Peak and an unbelievably picture-perfect view of Darjeeling town. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway deserves to be the best heritage toy train in India.

    Route: Darjeeling – Ghoom – Darjeeling

    Fare: INR 620 one way

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    Suggested Read: Toy Trains & Fragrant Teas: A Trip to Kurseong & Darjeeling

    4. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu: The steepest railway in Asia

    Tourists in front of the famous toy train in Mettupalayam

    If you’re on board the Nilgiri Mountain toy train, you’ve got to hold your breath – this one’s the steepest of all rail systems, not only in India but Asia as well. Chugging through dense forests, rocky terrain, and misty hilltops, Nilgiri Mountain toy train is one of most awe-inspiring toy trains in India. Also, it is another one in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

    Route: Mettupalayam – Kallar – Adderley – Coonoor – Wellington – Ketti – Ooty

    Fare: INR 500 for First Class | INR 250 for Second Sitting

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    5. Matheran Hill Railway, Maharashtra: Recently discontinued

    The Matheran Toy Train rambles through the forests in Maharashtra

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    This one just missed its chance of being in the list of toy trains in India. Running from Neral to Matheran, the Matheran Hill Railway was about a century-old rail service in Maharashtra. It was one of the popular toy trains in India and was known for unbelievable ascents and descents and the ‘One Kiss Tunnel’.

    But service on this popular route has been discontinued in light of the two recent cases of the coaches being derailed. Keeping in mind the safety of the tourists, the trains have been discontinued. Will the service resume in future? Well, let’s hope so!

    So, it’s time to plan a toy train journey for your family and kids and feel the excitement of taking a ride in toy trains of India.

    Further Read: Bullet Train In India: Here’s How It’s Going To Change Our Train Travel


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