Delhi to Shimla by Train / Rail is a trip one always dreams of. To started with; there are no direct Trains from Delhi to Shimla. This is because Shimla Rail Tracks are narrow gauge and Delhi broad gauge track ends at Kalka. So you have to change your train at Kalka Railway Station. Hence Delhi to Shimla Train journey is divided in 2 parts. You have to take from New Delhi to Kalka and than change it from Kalka to Shimla. There are many options available for train from Delhi – Kalka – Shimla. Although there are also options of taking a Bus from Delhi to Shimla but we’ll talk about that in our later web-pages.
Delhi to Shimla Train Timings:
First train in the morning from Delhi to Kalka is Himalayan Queen (Train No 14095). It departs from Sarai Rohilla Station of Delhi at 05.45 AM and arrives at Kalka Railway Station at 11.10 AM with total time taken of 5 hours and 25 min.
Next train in the morning from Delhi is Shatabdi Express (Train No 12011) which departs from New Delhi Station at 07.40 AM and reach Kalka at 11.45 AM with time taken is 4 hour and 5 min. This is a super-fast train and the best among Delhi to Shimla Trains because of less time taken and comfort level. Also food is included in fare and is served on-board.
Next train to depart from New Delhi Railway Station is Paschim Express (Train No 12925) at 11.15 AM and reaches Kalka at 16.45 PM and it takes a total of 5 hour and 30 min time.
Next one is Kalka Shatabdi Express Evening (Train No 12005) starting at 17.15 PM and arrives Kalka at 21.20 PM. Time taken and fare is same as morning Shatabdi.
Last train you can board on this route is Howrah Delhi Kalka Mail (Train No 12311). This is an ordinary class train and can be taken for an over night journey. It departs from Old Delhi Railway Station at 21.15 PM and arrival time of Kalka is at 4.30 AM with a total of 10 stops in between Delhi to Kalka.
Delhi to Shimla Train Fare:
• Fare of Himalayan Queen (Train No 14095) AC Chair Car is Rs. 363/-.
• Fare of Shatabdi Express (Train No 12011) AC Chair Car is Rs. 514/-.
• Fare of Paschim Express (Train No 12925) AC Chair Car is Rs. 483/-.
• Fare of Shatabdi Express (Train No 12005) AC Chair Car is Rs. 499/-.
• Fare of Howrah Delhi Kalka Mail (Train No 12311) Second Sitting is Rs. 112/-.
Delhi to Shimla Train Route:
Main Stations covered under Train Route from Delhi to Shimla are New Delhi, Panipat Jn (PNP), Kurukshetra Jn (KKDE), Ambala Cant Jn (UMB), Chandigarh (CDG), Kalka (KLK) and from Kalka – Taksal (TSL), Gumman (GMM), Koti (KOTI), Jabli (JBL), Sonwara (SWO), Dharmpur Hmchl (DMP), Kumarhatti (KMTI), Barog (BOF), Solan (SOL), Solan Brewery (SBY), Salogra (SLR), Kandaghat (KDZ), Kanoh (KANO), Kathleeghat (KEJ), Shoghi (SGS), Taradevi (TVI), Jutogh (JTO), Summer Hill (SHZ) and finally Simla (SML).
All the above trains are well connected for Shimla thru Kalka. When the train from Delhi arrives at Kalka than only connected train to Shimla will leave Kalka. It means you never have to worry if your train is coming late from Delhi. There is one more thing I should mention here is time taken by train from Kalka to Shimla is much more than that by road. So if you’re in hurry to reach Kalka; you can take a Taxi or Bus from outside Kalka Railway Station to reach Shimla. A private 4 seater taxi would charge Rs. 1500 for one side drop while a bus would take approx Rs. 200/- per seat.
From Kalka narrow gauge rail track starts and also Kalka Railway Station is the starting point of Shimla Toy Train which is one of the Heritage Toy Trains. Shimla Rail Car or Shimla Rail Motor is one of its kinds and Kalka to Shimla Train Track is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Rail Sites.
Kalka to Shimla Train Schedule:
First train to depart from Kalka is Kalka Shimla Passenger (Train No 52457) at 04.00 AM and arrives at Shimla Railway Station at 09.20 AM with total of 18 stops in between.
Next one to depart is Shimla Rail Motor Car (Train No 72451) at 05.10 AM and arrives at Shimla at 09.50 AM with only 1 stop at Barog (BOF) in between. This is just a one boggy train and looks more like a bus. Its roof top is made of fibre glass so that one can see the clouds above and enjoy his picturesque journey at the full.
Next one to depart is Shivalik Deluxe Express (Train No 52451) at 05.30 AM and arrives at Shimla at 10.15 AM. This is a non stop train and an ideal one to enjoy the nature at its best. Total distance covered is 96 km through many arched type bridges and 102 tunnels. This train has all modern facilities like wall to wall carpet, comfortable chairs, modern toilet facilities, indoor games facility, on-board food service, free newspaper, curtains on windows, etc. There is also a luxury coach attached to it named as “The Shivalik Palace” for honeymooners and elite tourists that has also facility of music and dinning. This is really a tourists’ paradise. If you want to enjoy this train; you must board Howrah Delhi Kalka Mail from Delhi which leaves you at Kalka at 4.30 AM.
Next Train to depart is Kalka – Shimla Express (Train No 52453) at 06.00 and it reaches Shimla at 11.05 AM. It has a total of 10 stops and 5 hour 5 min journey.
Last Train to left Kalka is Himalayan Queen (Train No 52455) at 12.10 PM and arrives at Shimla Railway Station at 17.20 PM with total time taken of 5 hours and 10 min and 9 stops in between.
Kalka to Shimla Train Fare:
• Fare of Kalka – Shimla Passenger (Train No 52457) First Class is Rs. 233/-.
• Fare of Shimla Rail Motor Car (Train No 72451) First Class is Rs. 292/-.
• Fare of Shivalik Deluxe Express (Train No 52451) AC Chair Car is Rs. 326/-.
• Fare of Kalka – Shimla Express (Train No 52453) First Class is Rs. 273/-.
• Fare of Himalayan Queen (Train No 52455) AC Chair Car is Rs. 211/-.
Summary: All Rail reservation can be done by Railway reservations counter or an online booking can be done thru authorized railway sites. All the above fares, train no’s, routes are accurate up to 1st Jan, 2012. Important Station Codes are New Delhi (NDLS), Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM), Old Delhi / Delhi (DLI), Delhi Sarai Rohilla (DEE), Kalka (KLK), and Shimla / Simla (SML).
Have a Safe Journey!