Shimla Heritage Railway – The Kalka

Posted: April 12, 2013 in Travel
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Shimla is located in northern India at the top of the mighty Himalayas. It is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges, but still the place is well connected to rest of the country via all means of transportation. If any traveller is willing to go for holidays at Shimla, then first question arises in their mind is how to reach Shimla? The best answer suggested for this question is via railway, because it is the safest and cheapest mode of transportation, and even the Kalka Railway Station at Shimla offers many special trains and coaches for the travellers. Let’s talk about this station in detail.

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As per the records of UNESCO, Kalka Railway is one of the very few heritage Railways in world. UNESCO offers special trains and coaches in the regular train service between Shimla and Kalka. You can also become one of the privileged persons of having the wonderful experience of travelling on one of these trains/coaches for everlasting memories of the trip. Some of the special trains and coaches offered at Kalka are:

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  • Shivalik Deluxe
  • Delux Rail Motor Car
  • Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach (RA-4)
  • Shivalik Queen (RA-67)
  • Twin Heritage Coach

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The Kalka – Shimla Railway was built during the British Raj, to connect with Shimla, which is the summer capital of India. Now, it becomes the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, whereas Kalka is a town in Panchkula district, Haryana. This route offers spectacular scenery along the whole journey, and the marvels of its construction, keeps the travellers on this line spell bound. On leaving Kalka, at 656 meters above sea level, the railway enters into the foothills and immediately commences its climb.

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Many of the film shots get shooed on this route, some of them are mentioned here.

  • Dharmendra’s song ‘Signal hua ke nikle’ from Taradevi.
  • Joy Mukherjee’s song ‘Chale nagin ki tarah’.
  • Shammi Kapoor’s ‘original snow yeti’.

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Due to all such features and facilities that railways offered, most of the travellers prefer to stay at comfortable ‘Hotels near Shimla Railway Station’, so that it becomes easier for them to catch the trains from their staying place itself.

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