Railways came to India almost 150 years ago and yet the romance of Railways
still remains intact, more so, the undying charm of the hill railways.
Today, when high speed travel has become the norm for business travellers,
people still take time off to chug away on serpentine hill tracks. While
travelling on hill railways, the holiday begins even before you reach the
1. KALKA-SHIMLA : The former 'Summer Capital' of the Raj, Shimla is an important destination for holiday makers. Come summer or snow, tourists rush to Shimla either to beat the heat or to catch snow flakes drifting down. Four premium services for travellers on the Kalka-Shimla section are available :
The deluxe Rail Motor Car
The Shivalik Deluxe Express
The Shivalik Palace (Tourist Coach) and
The Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach.
Deluxe Rail Motor Car is a visual delight as it resembles a bus of the
Second World War vintage. Carrying 14 passengers at a time, it reaches its
destination in 4.25 hrs. The car is fitted with a transparent fibre-glass
roof, for a clear view of the sky and if one is lucky, one can look up at
the rain or snow without getting soaked. Digital time-cum-temperature
display unit, altimeter and route indication board gives valuable
information while travelling.
Shivalik Deluxe Express is a connecting service to Howrah-Kalka Mail for
Shimla. It accommodates 120 passengers and reaches its destination in 4.45
hrs. The coaches are equipped with wall-to-wall carpeting, wide glass
windows and reversible cushioned chairs. Improved lighting and a music
system creates a pleasant atmosphere.
The fare for both Deluxe Rail Motor Car and Shivalik Deluxe Express is Rs.
340/- with a complimentary meal at the picturesque Railway Station Barog.
Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach provides a luxurious ambience for a dream
holiday. It can accommodate a part of six persons and is equipped with
folding cushioned bed, refrigerator, on-board-kitchen and dining table with
cushioned chairs. Booked for a tariff of Rs. 4790/- in the up and Rs. 3495/-
in the down direction, fare includes complimentary accommodation of two
luxurious retiring rooms at Shimla for the day and free meals enroute.
comparatively late entrant on the Kalka-Shimla section is the Shivalik
Queen, which is a luxury coach. It is divided into two portions consisting
of two coupes each. The coach is equipped with ultramodern facilities and
fittings like wall-to-wall carpets, altimeter, fancy lights, chrome plated
KANGRA VALLEY RAILWAY PATHANKOT - JOGINDER NAGAR : The other hill
section of the North is the Pathankot-Joginder Nagar section which is the
rail approach to the beautiful Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kangra
Valley draws not only tourists and nature lovers, it also has a special
attraction for the religiously inclined, as it is the earthy abode of
several gods and goddesses. Keeping the travelling comfort of its passengers
in mind, a new luxury narrow gauge train 'Kangra Queen' has been introduced
on this section. This train covers the 128 kms. Distance in approximately 4
hours 25 minutes with two stoppages enroute at Jwalamukhi Road and kangra.
It consists of 4 coaches; one first class, two chair cars and one second
class coach, with a total seating capacity of 92 passengers. The first
class/chair cars are furnished with comfortable sofa sets/chairs and have
wide glass windows. Facilities such as newspapers, mineral water, tea,
snacks, food etc. are being provided on board, on the pattern of Shatabdi
trains. Public address system has also been provided in all the coaches for
playing music and giving information about historical places in the valley.
The fares are all-inclusive and most competitive.