Kalka Things to Do
Train classes and details
The Kalka-Shimla mountain railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs from Kalka at 656m above sea level to Shimla at 2076m. The 96km long track was built so that the British could have transportation to their summer capital, Shimla, which they moved from Calcutta or Delhi. The railway was opened in 1903 and passes through some 102 tunnels.
There are about 4 trains that make the daily journey up to Shimla. The one I caught was the Himalyan Queen which left Kalka at 12.10pm and arrived at about 6pm. The views along the way are pretty breath-taking. You also pass by several small stations which are very picturesque. You get the chance to stretch your legs for 10 minutes or so at some of them and take in a cup of tea or coffee. There are two classes: what looked like bone hard wooden seats and more comfy looking foam padded ones. I took the comfy ones and even then my seat only cost Rs182. The carriages are very small as its a narrow gauge railway with not much room for sitting down yet along large backpacks. There are overhead shelves but they are too small to fit backpacks on.
Stations on the way
Here's some of the lovely quaint and picturesque stations you stop at along the way. You do get the chance to stretch your legs for about 10 minutes or so at some of them plus have the opportunity to buy a cup of tea or coffee. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.
Here's just some of the views you get to see on your way up. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.
Kalka Warnings and Dangers
Two in one
Beware of this gentleman, for obvious reasons, he looks like he can perform a heart transplant aswell, if need be!!
Suffer in pain rather than at his doorstepRelated to:
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