The UNESCO world heritage Kalka Shimla railway route is the center of attraction for domestic and international tourism. There are five trains on this route departs daily from both sides. These trains have different facilities.
Shivalik deluxe express has the most excellent facilities on Kalka Shimla route. It has 120 seats, 18 seats at each coach. There are 6 to 7 bogies behind the engine. It takes 5 hours 40 minutes to travel the distance.
The total distance of this route is 96.5 km. This route surrounded by Himalayan flora and fauna. It takes five to six hours to travel this route by toy train from either side. Toy train passes by Shivalik mountains to south-western Himalayan ranges of Shimla. On the way, you will get a great experience of traveling at the speed of 15 to 20 KMPH. 900 Bridges, 103 tunnels, dense forest, and the green valleys everything is like a fairytale on this train.
Shivalik deluxe express has a special timings from both of the sides. It has train number 52451 from Kalka. This train starts the early morning at 5:20 AM from Kalka railways station. Shivalik deluxe has one station stoppage at Barog railways station.
The stoppage is for meals break in the of mid-journey provided complimentary with the fare. It has train number 52452 from Shimla. It departs from Shimla railway station at 5:50 PM. Further, it also has connectivity with Hawrah mail from Kalka.
Booking of Shivalik deluxe express can be done by various portals like Make My Trip, Goibibo, Cleartrip and Paytm. You can also book directly from IRCTC website or mobile app. For detail information and step by step information go through the following link
Shivalik deluxe express is also the best train on this route. This train target the customer seek a luxury trip. Interior of the train has built and maintained keeping in eye the luxury of the passenger.
Shivalik Deluxe express seating arrangement is two by one inside the cabin. Two by one seating arrangement means one side of cabin has one seat line and other side of cabin has two seat line follow another.
Train has innovative reversible seats. You can sit facing the engine in the direction of the train or can also change the orientation of seat. These seats are comfortable sofa seats with hand rest for each passenger.
Cabin of the train has 18 seats, 1 toilet and 1 luggage rack. 18 seats are in two by one line. Bottle holder and a small fold able table two keep food is additional facility.
The flooring of the coaches has the graceful carpet. Walls of the coaches has wooden work. The overall ambiance of the train is admirable.
Shivalik Deluxe express has facility of toilet. Shivalik Deluxe express toilet is like other trains of India. Toilet has facility of running water, liquid soap and English seat.
Fare and Food
Fare of Shivalik deluxe express is Rs. 525. This fare includes snacks and one bottle of water. You can choose a veg or non-veg meal. In the veg food of Shivalik deluxe express rice, chapati, dal, paneer sabji and curd is included. On the other side non veg food includes rice, chapati, chicken, dal and curd. Both option has complementary mineral water.
Other Types of Trains
Shivalik deluxe express is popular train on Kalka Shimla route. Railways have also launched are luxury versions of this train. These trains are Shivalik Place tourist coach and Shivalik queen. Shivalik tourist coach is made for the party of six people. It has facilities like an onboard kitchen, dinner table, beds, decorative lighting., dining table, books and indoor games.
Shivalik queen has made for honeymoon couples. Authorities provide privacy to couples with facilities like microphone and alarm bell for communication. Other facilities are wall to wall carpet, big window size, decorative lights, books and magazines.