It was a weekend getaway started early in morning from New Delhi railway station.
Shimla is well connected by rail, road and a nearby airport.
We started with Shatabdi express which takes about 5 hours to reach the foothills of Himalayan mountain range .
From Kalka we have adjcent station for toy train which departs within 30 mins within the reaching time of Shatabdi.
**PRO TIP- DO MAKE ADVANCED RESERVATION OF IRCTC WEBSITE SINCE THE TRAIN IS PREBOOKED AND YOU DONT WANT TO END UP TRAVELLING IN SECOND CLASS COACHES WHICH ARE JAM PACKED
The train is seriously like a toy for a 6 feet tall kiddo like me and it gives you mesmerizing views all round the trip. It takes a little longer than 5 hours which is tiring journey and it goes not more than 30kmph
You can have option to board the train from subsequent station and I would suggest to take the train from Solan.
You reach Shimla ( Simla station in IRCTC code) by 6ish. Check-in to your hotel get freshen up and go to the mall road. Which is a beautiful street having authentic himalayan shops, it have lots of variety to shop and few good option for delicious food.
Go up one more floor to the Ridge area, it gives you views of independence struggle feel with buildings in British architecture and lots of statues of freedom fighters. There is Kalibari tample, city Church and very awesome evening experience you can have near mall road and the Ridge area.
You can have a good night sleep in your hotel then.
PRO TIP: TRY TO BOOK HOTEL NEAR MALL ROAD FOR EASY ACCESS, PARADISE HOTEL IS IN BETWEEN UP THE MALL ROAD AND DOWN NEAR BUS STAND AND RAILWAY STATION.