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Kalka to Shimla Railway

The Kalka–Shimla Railway was built to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with India’s main rail system. The 95.66 kilometres long, 2 ft 6 in narrow gauge line was opened in 1903 and travels along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla.  The route offers breathtaking views of the picturesque Himalayas from the Sivalik foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kandaghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra, Totu (Jutogh), Summerhill and Shimla at an altitude of 2,076 meters, passing by villages and observing the local way of life. Interestingly, all the 20 intermediate stations are located right next to bridges, built for the labour constructing the bridges to take rest there.  The line which features 103 tunnels and 864 bridges is the ideal way to arrive into Shimla and gain a true insight into the glorious scsnic countryside that surrounds the city.