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Take the scenic route to the summer capital of Shimla

A visit to Shimla is not complete without a ride on the toy train…

By Mahendra Singh Chouhan
Tour Guide in Amritsar and Shimla

There are two ways to get to Shimla. One is on a road – the quickest option – and the other is along a snaking railway track through the Himalayan mountains aboard the UNESCO toy train. This route was carved by the British Raj who appointed Shimla as its summer capital.

The whole journey from top to bottom takes around five and a half hours, but we show guests the most scenic portion of the route. We start in Shimla itself at an elevation of around 7,000 feet and board the 10.30am train towards the small town of Taradevi sitting at approximately 6,000 feet. There isn’t a dull moment, curving around the mountain at a leisurely pace of 11 kilometres per 45 minutes. It gives you ample time to soak up the stunning views from all angles, the breeze carrying the scent of pine through the open windows. You’ll cross picturesque bridges that have stood the test of time and whenever the train passes through a tunnel all the Indian passengers shout with excitement! The time flies by.

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Alfred & Mahendra Singh Chouhan

Mahendra has worked as a freelance tour guide in North India since 2007. He loves his job which allows him to interact with different people from all over the world, something he finds personally enriching. He is passionate about welcoming guests to his home country, introducing the heritage and cultural values with warmth and enthusiasm.

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