It is such an incredible journey on a train going through the lush greenery, foggy mountain, serene beauty of nature. The track I travelled in Kalka- Shimla route a UNESCO world heritage track, was awarded on 10th July 2008 by UNESCO. The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow-gauge railway in North India which traverses hilly route from Kalka to Shimla. This train route currently has 102 tunnels which cover 96 km of distance and duration of the train journey on a toy train varies from 5 hours to 7 hours.
Shimla (then spelt Simla) was settled by the British shortly after the first Anglo- Gurkha war and is located at 7,116 feet(2,169m) in the foothills of the Himalaya.
My journey was from Kolkata. First, I took a train (12311/kalka mail) from Howrah station, and the train journey was around 33 hours long. The train was running late of 5 to 6 hours on the second day of the trip. I read the review before I made the booking of the train. So, I kept an option and booked two toy train tickets for Kalka to Shimla route, just in case I miss the first toy train from Kalka. However, luckily I got the first toy train and reached Kalka on time. So, I would always recommend you to book the Shivalik DLX Express(52451) as it takes less time compared to other trains, and also reaches Shimla before noon. You can get the whole day in Shimla for sightseeing.