The toy train, Shivalik Deluxe, to Shimla is one of the rare trains that provide fabulous journey. It's been on the tracks for more than a century. It has amused passengers the most and has earned their accolades during all these years of its operation.

British viceroy Lord Curzon inaugurated Shivalik Deluxe in November 1903. It commences the journey from Kalka to end at Shimla, covering a distance of almost 100 kilometers. On the way, the train passes through 107 tunnels and many lofty arched bridges. Exploring the scenic beauty of this stretch on a train adds color and fun to the journey. The heavily subsidized travel on this route has brought more and more visitors in the ambit of enjoyment to escape the sweaty summers.

Highlights of the train

The toy size of the train can be gauged from the fact that it manages to accommodate only 120 passengers. With the walking speed it reaches its destination in 4.45 hrs. The interiors of coaches are done up with wall-to-wall carpeting, wide glass windows and reversible cushioned chairs. Improved lighting and a music system create a pleasant atmosphere. As a bonus, the fare for Shivalik Deluxe Express includes a complimentary meal at the picturesque Railway Station Barog.

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