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Kalka - Shimla Railway

Kalka Shimla Railway Tour

Route: Kalka - Barog - Dharampore - Taksai - Gamma - Solan - Shimla

Kalka_Shimla_bridgeThe Kalka-Shimla Railway built to connect, the summer capital of India in 1903 at an altitude of 2076 meters offers a panoramic feast to experience the grandeur of the picturesque Himalayas from the shivalik foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra, Summerhill, Shimla and beyond up to the silvery snow line near the towering peaks.

This train is one of the hill trains in India. The Kalka/ Shimla trains, running on these tracks, are popularly called 'Toy Trains'. Meandering on these trains is an exhilarating experience as one passes through the breathtaking landscapes of majestic Himalayas, tunnels/ bridges and lush green valleys embellished with pine, oak trees, leaving a long lasting memory of rhapsody and triumph.

An interesting feature of the Kalka-Shimla Railway is the almost complete absence of Girder bridges. Multi arched galleries like ancient roman aqueducts being the commonest means of carrying the line over the ravines between the hill spurs.

On leaving Kalka, 2,100 feet high above mean sea level, the rail line enters the foothills, commencing its picturesque climb immediately on its departure from Kalka station. The first great difficulty met with was the huge landslide on the seventh mile of the cart road, which extends from the hill summit down to Khushallia River 1,500 feet below.

A tunnel, nearly half mile long, was constructed in the solid wall behind the disturbed surface strata and is known as “Koti Tunnel”. The main station Dharampur, is at a height of 4,900 feet and is 20 miles from Kalka.

History

Kalka_to_ShimlaThis Kalka Shimla train was inaugurated by the British viceroy, Lord Curzon in November 1903, almost covering the distance of 96 km from Kalka through the curving tracks, up to Shimla hills- the summer capital of colonial India. The toy train passes through 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and 20 railway stations in its entire journey.


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