toy Tain experience
->sit on the right side towards Shimla in the direction of the train.
->there is an 8:20 passenger from Shimla as well as kalka which is not listed online.
We reached kalka 5:30 am and went to the ticket counter for the toy train tickets which were 50 per person.quite cheap for a 5 hour ride. No???
But alas!!! There are three toy train's from kalka to Shimla between 3:30 am to 6:20 am but all general coaches were completely filled with people.
We were stranded here coz the next train was at 12 pm however we again breathed a sigh of relief when we were told by fellow passengers that there is another passenger which departs at 8:20 am.this train is not shown on the internet but it is there.
We took our seats when the train was pulled in at the platform.
I knew that right side in the direction of train when you leave for Shimla offers the best views of the valleys.
After a long wait the toy train whistled at last and off we went towards Shimla.
The first few kilometers were pretty discouraging as all we saw was an industrial area in the middle of the mountains,but after dharmpur Himachal station, panoramic views started rolling in.
I was amazed to see such natural beauty, Homes high on the mountain tops.
Mountains laden with trees.
The air was chilling and fresh.i was hooked only in the first hour of the journey.
We were in the third coach from the engine.the first coach was an open trolly containing two 1000 liter water tanks.
I saw some people on that container shouting in joy.they were having the best experience of this ride.
On the next stop we also hoped onto the open coach.
It multiplied the fun a 1000 times.it was the best seat on the train although there was no seat.we could see in all direction.we were feeling the cold breeze of the mountains.we passed under many tunnels. it was surreal.
We were having a better experience than the first class passengers.
We were so lucky to be riding the toy train this way.
It was the best experience on the whole tour.i mean how many people get to ride the toy train in an coach without roof.
Alas! Our rendezvous with nature on this open coach ended on the next station when the driver told us to go back to our coaches as it was not safe in the open coach.
The next part of our journey was spent on our seats.
This ride has some of the most beautiful valleys Himalayas have to offer. Each station here is better than the next.you will see some of the most tiny railway stations.
We saw the first glimpse of Shimla on the horizon 4 station before the final stop.the train took us round and round on the mountains with the best views of Shimla.
We reached Shimla at 2 pm.
Coming out of the station we started looking for a budget hotel which we found near Kali badi temple with tarrif 500 per night.
I have lived my life in the plains so it was a tiring task for me to climb up to our hotel.each road in Shimla has a slope. You won't find plain flat roads here.
We were a bit tired so went straight into our beds.
At 5 pm we got out to explore Shimla. Kali badi temple was just 100 mtr away from our hotel.
We didn't go in but went straight to the scandel point, the ridge and Christ Church.
All three of these places are adjacent to each other
The ridge was like a community place to get together.tourist and locals both walk around here taking photos. it is such a beautiful place to just stroll around and hang out with friends. we spent an hour there just wandering around and clicking pictures. The cold breeze was flowing and making the atmosphere joyful and lively.
From the ridge we went straight to the lakar Bazar which is a market connected to the ridge we had our dinner at a small shop.matar paneer and nan.
After dinner we again strolled around.
You will see a lot of boiled egg sellers on lakar Bazar.people here eat lots of eggs, probably because of the cold weather.
We crossed the ridge and went to the mall road.this road puts cannught place in Delhi to shame.you will every brands showroom here.
it was a pleasant experience walking here.
Same like eggs a lot of momoz sellers are here.we ate some Momo's from a shop.they were one of the best Momo's I have eaten .his red sauce was good but green chutney was awesome.
We then came back and slept like a hibernating bear.