The train journey was comfortable and timely. By around 11:45 we reached Kalka from where we were to start climbing the mountains. We were thinking of a journey in Taxi but were lucky to get the last minute reservation in the Toy Train - The Himalayan Queen.
Though the name suggests being royal, the Himalayan Queen is basically an ordinary train unlike the Shivalik Express - which is more luxury type. I must confess that it was one of the best train journeys ever for me. The dark tunnels, steady curves, arched viaducts on which the rail is laid have kept me glued with the surrounding for the entire length of the journey. Even the little one liked it when the train was entering a tunnel. There was innumerable of those and each and every one of those created a joy among the passengers - everyone was shouting. After a while, the beautiful city of Shimla emerged in front of us - the city laid on the slopes of the mountains creates a fascinating picture. The colourfull pitched roof of the buildings, lit by the sun - looks fabulous.
The train slowly moved along the curvy rail line and climbed the hills. After a while, we started feeling cold. After about an hour's journey suddenly everything was covered with cloud and we could hardly see anything. A portion of cloud also entered the train and made a misty environment. We started feeling our clothes wet. It was a dramatic experience. We also faced a bit of heavy rain on our way. After about six hours the train finally reached its destination. We got down of the train - it was a dream come true for us and there were many like us.