Ride the UNESCO World Heritage Kalka to Shimla toy train, and travel back in time on a 3-day tour from Delhi. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the mountains of the southwest Himalayas, and visit Hindu temples, churches, and more.
What to Expect
Climb aboard a heritage train for the journey of a lifetime into the southwest Himalayas and former summer capital of British India at Shimla. Built in 1906 by the British to access their cool retreat, the toy train is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.
Day 1: Delhi - Kalka - Shimla
Enjoy an early breakfast, before your transfer to New Delhi Train Station. Here, you will board Train No. 12011, Kalka Shatabdi (07:40 - 11:45) to Kalka. Upon arrival at Kalka Train Station, continue by toy train (No. 52455 Himalayan Queen - 12:10 - 17:20). Experience the “British Jewel of the Orient” first-hand. The line crosses more than 800 bridges and travels through over 100 tunnels. Declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mountain Railways of India in 2008, the historic narrow gauge train offers dramatic views of the hills and villages. Upon arrival at Shimla, check in to your hotel for the night.
Day 2: Shimla Mall Road
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a sightseeing tour of Shimla. See the ancient Jakhoo Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity, Hanuman. Enjoy panoramic views of the Shivalik Ranges. Take a trip to the hill station of Kufri, where a Himalayan wildlife zoo is home to rare antelopes, and birds such as the Himalayan monal. Admire the stained glass windows of Christ Church, North India’s 2nd oldest church. Enjoy an evening at leisure before your overnight stay.
Day 3: Shimla - Kalka - Delhi
After an early breakfast, board the toy train (No. 52456 Himalayan Queen 10:30 - 16:10) for the return trip to Kalka. Take in more staggering views en route back towards Delhi. Upon arrival at Kalka Train Station, continue on the evening Train No. 12012, Kalka Shatabdi (17:45 - 21:55), for a transfer to your hotel on arrival at New Delhi Train Station.
- Round-trip train tickets Delhi-Shimla-Delhi
- Accommodation at a boutique hotel with a mountain view
- Breakfast and dinner
- All relevant transfers
What's Not Included
- Any meal not specified on the itinerary
- Tips and personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Please note that once booked the train cannot be cancelled
• Please book your ticket at least a week in advance for train ticket confirmations