Instagram Place: Toy Train in Indian Himalayas
The railway rises to a height of more than two thousand meters and passes through forests, mountains and tunnels.
The beginning of the “toy train” route is in India at Kalka station, and ends in Shimla. In 5.5 hours of travel along a narrow gauge road, the train passes through mountains, coniferous forests and remote villages. There are 18 stops along the way and almost a thousand picturesque bridges and tunnels.
UNESCO made the Kalka-Shimla road a World Heritage Site in 1999 due to the brilliant work of engineers in difficult mountainous terrain. The British built the railway in the mid-19th century to connect the summer high-mountain capital of British India, Shimla, with its central part.
The main attraction for tourists was the path through the forest, a view of the Himalayas and almost a thousand bridges and tunnels
The Kalka-Shimla railway runs along almost all the way close to trees, plants and rocks. There is a feeling that they can be touched by hand. But probably better not to try.
One of the reasons to take a trip on a “toy train” is the view of the Himalayas from different points of view. The road starts at an altitude of 656 meters above sea level and gradually rises to 2076 meters during the five-hour journey.
Due to the peculiarities of the mountainous terrain, the tracks often go into tunnels – there are 103 of them. Some are located right at the stations, so the train from the platform immediately goes underground.
In addition to forests, mountains and tunnels, tourists are attracted by monumental bridges, including from the time of British colonization. There are 864 of them. One of them was the world’s tallest multi-arch bridge at the time of construction.
Due to the low speed of the train, large windows and open vestibule doors, passengers often lean out to take photographs. Sometimes it looks too risky.
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