India’s city of Shimla, popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Shimla is adorned with alluring landscapes, lush green mountains, and clean air, which led Shimla to be the official summer capital during the days of the British Raj. Before you reach Shimla’s peaks, you’ll have the chance to experience the Kalka-Shimla toy train, which was built by the British in 1903 and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. With its history and route through some of the most breath-taking landscapes, the journey is an adventure in itself.
The Kalka-Shimla toy train is compact and comfortable, with huge windows that let in as much scenery as possible. You’ll see rugged mountains, tunnels, bridges, and tiny track lines on the fringes of flourishing pine woods, shimmering waterfalls, and wonderfully contoured mountains on your route. The journey will also be a refreshing experience, as you leave behind the humid heat and begin to feel cooler with the pleasant fresh air as you approach Shimla.
You will find it difficult to stop looking out the train windows during the five-and-a-half-hour journey because there will not be a moment where you are not struck by the beauty of this region. Just make sure you have your camera charged and ready because you will have the most unique, picture-perfect opportunities.