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Shimla is a famous hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It serves as a summer getaway for people from all across India. Of the various attractions in Shimla, the most sought after and mesmerizing is the Kalka Shimla toy train. There are few experiences in India that can come close to the beautiful toy train ride on the Kalka-Shimla route. It takes you through lush green mountains with scenic, misty views. Started in 1903, the toy train route has now been listed as a UNESCO site.

Here is all that you need to know about the Shimla toy train:

Main stops:

Dharampur, Barog, Solan, Kandaghat

Trains:

There are five trains namely Shivalik Deluxe, Rail Motor, Shimla Express, Himalayan Queen and Shimla Kalka passenger. During summer, due to the large number of tourists and increasing demand, there are two special Holiday trains.

Train timings:

Kalka to Shimla toy train timings:

Train NameTrain NoStarts from KalkaArrive at Shimla
Shimla Kalka Passanger524574:00 AM9:20 AM
Rail Motor724515:10 AM9:50 AM
Shivalik Deluxe524515:30 AM10:10 AM
Kalka Shimla Express524536:00 AM11:05 AM
Himalayan Queen5245512:10 PM5:20 PM
Holiday Special2536:05 AM11:00 AM
Holiday Special25712:30 PM6:35 PM

Shimla to Kalka toy train timings:

Train NameTrain NoStarts from KalkaArrive at Shimla
Himalayan Queen5245610:30 AM4:10 PM
Shimla-Kalka Passanger524582:00 PM8:10 PM
Rail Motor724524:25 PM9:35 PM
Shivalik Deluxe express524525:40 PM10:25 PM
Kalka Shimla Express524546:15 PM11:20 PM
Holiday Special2589:25 AM3:15 PM
Holiday Special2543:50 PM9:05 PM

Fare:

Rail Motor: Approximately Rs 300

Shivalik Deluxe: Approximately Rs 500

Shimla Kalka Express: Approximately Rs 70

Himalayan Queen: Approximately Rs 260

So next time you are in Shimla, do not miss the amazing ride on this spectacular route.