Heritage Hill Trains Tour
Heritage Hill Trains
SHIMLA Himalayan Hill Train
The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in narrow gauge railway in North India travelling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for dramatic views of the hills and surrounding villages.
The first train operated in 1903 & has now been declared UNESCO World Heritage site
The train journey starts from Kalka Railway Station ( located at 656 metres) & climbs up to Hill Station of Shimla(located at 2276 metres).
The train takes around four and a half hours to complete the journey from Kalka to Shimla. Enroute, the train passes through 103 tunnels, 969 bridges, 919 curves and twenty railway stations. Apart from few stations, the train sweeps past other station very quickly. At Barog station, the train halts for fifteen minutes so as to allow the passenger to get down and enjoy some refreshments in the restaurant which is regarded as one of the best at any hill station
You have option to
- Book seats on two regular trains from Kalka to Shimla & Vise Versa daily
- Charter an Exclusive Private Maharaja Saloon
DARJEELING Himalayan Hill Train
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,(DHR) also known as the "Toy Train", is a 2 ft narrow gauge railway that runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal
The first train operated in 1881 & has now been declared UNESCO World Heritage site
The train journey starts from New Jalpaiguri ( located at 100 metres) & climbs upto hill station of Darjeeling (located at 2200 metres) Via Ghoom (located at 2225 mts)
The train takes around seven hours to complete a journey from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling
For most of journey -the train is pulled by modern diesel locomotives only for part of the journey the train is pulled by Vintage British-built B Class steam locomotives.
Some tourist prefer to only book Darjeeling-Ghoom part journey
NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY Train
Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a treasured element and fabled charm of Nilgiris since 1899. This Nilgiri rail system is unique as it is the steepest one in Asia. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO during 2005. Another interesting thing associated with the Nilgiri Railway is that the youngest X class loco is over 50 years old and the oldest is 80 years old.
Located in South Indian State of Tamil Nadu,in Nilgiri Hills-the NMR metre gauge track is 3ft 3 inch & train operates between Mettupalayam Railway Station (located at 326 mts) to Hill station of Ooty (located at 2240 mts) Via Conoor( located at 1850 mts)
A century after it first attracted travelers, the Nilgiri Mountain Toy train continues to inspire weaving through forests, moving through time, along the valleys and into the little dark winding tunnels, round the bends, up the gradients, through the glens, trees and birds.
A whiff of mist, a myna's trill, sunlight dances on yonder hill, whistling, chugging, fire, steam-clacking, moving into a dream Gorge, gorgeous, misty, foggy shrouded peaks, drizzles clothe the slopes.
Between Mettupalayam and Coonoor, the line uses the Abt rack and pinion system to climb the steep gradient.At times steam engines are used for this part of the journey ,but now mostly train is pulled by Deisel engines
The 'Nilgiri Passenger' train travels through 208 curves, 16 tunnels, and across 250 bridges & journey time is appx 5 hrs
It has the steepest track in Asia with a maximum gradient of 8.33%.