From Kolkata to Kalka / Chandigarh to Shimla.
From Howrah station in Kolkata you can go to Kalka by Kalka Mail train. The fare of Kalka Mail is AC three-tier Rs. 2350 per person. 2250 per person. From there there is a train called Burmese Kalka Mail to Kalka. You can go to Kalka by buying a ticket from Ambala Cantonment Station. It takes 32 hours to reach Ambala Cantonment by Amritsar Mail train. And it takes 36 hours to reach Kalka by Kalka Mail. Arriving at Kalka, there are many toy trains from Kalka to Shimla between 5am and 12am. Shibalik Deluxe Express, Himalayan Queen, Kalka-Shimla Rail Motor. Toy train takes 8 hours to reach Shimla from Kalka. Rent is Rs. 250. Train Shivalik Deluxe Express is connected to Kalka Mail. That means Kalka Mail will not leave Shivalik Deluxe Express Station till it reaches Kalka Station. So those who will travel from Kolkata by Kalka Mail will be able to travel from Fairley Place. Try to buy a toy train ticket. For some reason, even if the Kalka Mail is late, there is no fear of missing the Toy Train. Very slow. However, this 96 km long track is a lifelong memory for observing the surrounding scenery. The toy train passes through 18 tunnels and 6 bridges.
Mall Road is just one kilometer away from Shimla Railway Station.
Besides, Shimla can be reached by road from Kolkata via Delhi. The bus fare is Rs 1500 for AC Volvo and Rs 900 for non-AC Volvo. If you want you can come to Shimla by taxi or private car hire.
ঃThe place to go in Shimlaঃ
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is located at an altitude of 2200 m above sea level. Cities decorated with clean, strict rules and moderate modernity. If you want to see how people’s awareness and law enforcement can make a simple city a sight to behold, go to Shimla. You can’t smoke on the streets. Shimla at night is much more beautiful.
2 days is enough to visit Shimla. If you go by toy train or by road from Kalka, you will reach Shimla by noon. Check in at the hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon head to Mall Road, Ridge or Church. The main attraction of Shimla city is this ridge or mall road. Shimla Kalibari is located next to it. If you want, you can turn the inside. All traffic except ambulances and fire brigade vehicles is prohibited on this entire Mall Road, so walk safely. There are beautiful benches for sitting next to the church. Enjoy the evening sitting here. When you see the lights of the houses on the hill in the distance, it seems that they have all come down on the hill.
You will find many brands of shops on Mall Road, take a tour. The shops start closing at 9 pm. Then come back to the hotel.
Everything you will see in Shimla: –
Jakhu Hills and Jakhu Temple: Jakhu Hills is the highest peak in Shimla and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. The Jakhu Temple on the top of the hill is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. According to local estimates, Lord Hanuman rested here when the Sanjivani herb was brought up to this hill. As a result, this place has become very popular among devotees and travelers alike. It is very difficult to climb to the top of Jakhu temple in such cold weather. There are many problems to breathe. After getting up for a while, you can get a car.
Vicerigel Lodge: Located on the observatory hill, Visrigel Lodge was built in 1896 and was used as the official residence of Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India. This place is currently the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. The lodge not only provides an insight into the British rule in India, but also offers a stunning view of sunsets and sunrises.
Summer Hill: Oak, cedar, rhododendron and many more have grown around Summer Hill. The Manorville Mansion is the most famous building in the area, as it is the place where Mahatma Gandhi visited Shimla.
The Ridge: -This is an open space, known as the most activity center of Shimla. The Ridge has a number of important historical landmarks and offers a variety of activities as well as a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. This part of the city is also very important for Shimla public life, as the reservoir below it is responsible for supplying water to a major part of the city.
Mall Road: – Mall Road is very popular among tourists as a large number of Shimla landmarks are located here. It is also known as the commercial hub of Shimla as it houses a number of restaurants, clubs, bars and shops.
Christ Church: – It was built in 1844 and is the second oldest church in North India. Christ Church is located on the ridge and is very popular with tourists for its Elizabeth architecture and its designed glass windows. The church also has a pipe organ, which is considered to be one of the largest in the country. It is ideal for those who are looking for a pattern of history along with spirituality.
St. Michael’s Cathedral: St. Michael’s Church in 1850
Was killed. It is the first Catholic church in Shimla. It has five marble altars brought from Italy in 1855. The church also has beautifully designed glass windows.
Getty Theater: – This theater was built in the 18th century to entertain the British in Shimla. The new architecture of the building is a beautiful sight for the cherished eye. There is an art gallery with an exhibition meeting and many other facilities. This is a must see for any fine art lover.
Tattapani: The hot spring of Sulfurus located in Tattapani, a few kilometers away from Shimla, is considered by many to have medicinal benefits and that is why Tattapani is a very popular place for medical tourists. In addition to the warm springs, the cold waters of the Shatdru River provide the opportunity for river rafting.
Kotgarh: Kotgarh, a few kilometers away from Shimla, is located on the ancient Hindustan-Tibet road and is also famous for its apple orchards. It is the site of the first commercial orchard in Himachal Pradesh in 1914. Later, Kotgarh actually became one of the major apple exporters in Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla Water Basin Sanctuary: Spread over an area of 10.25 sq km, the sanctuary is home to coniferous forests, steep terrain and small streams. Located 12 km east of Shimla, it is a safe haven for brown bears, black deer, Indian red foxes and striped hyenas.
Kufri: Kufri is a small hill station in Shimla district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city is located at a distance of 13 km from the city of Shimla on National Highway 22. The word ‘kufr’ comes from the local word ‘kufr’, which means ‘lake’. Here is the ‘Himalayan Wildlife Zoo’. Interestingly, the area was unknown to the people before 1819, even two hundred years ago. A group of English tourists traveled through the forest and discovered this place of immense beauty. Every year in February, the Winter Sports Festival is organized by Himachal Tourism. If you want to climb to the top of Kufri, you have to ride a horse. The horse rent is Rs. 500 per person.
Fagu: Fagu is one of the tourist centers located at an altitude of about 2500 m, six kilometers from Kufri. Fagu is very popular with tourists from home and abroad for winter skiing and winter sports. There is a beautiful view of ‘Giri Valley’ from Fagur Peak.
Stay in Shimla:
You can get a hotel in the vicinity of Mall Road or Lakkar Bazaar for 800-1500 rupees. Before fixing the room, check if there is a room heater and geyser.
Eat in Shimla
Breakfast: Try to negotiate breakfast with the hotel where you are staying. If it takes a little longer, agree. Because you don’t want to go out in the cold at seven in the morning. You have to make breakfast with potato parota, fried bread, Maggie noodles and tea. Because they use ginger and cardamom for tea.
Lunch / Dinner – If you want to eat rice, eat it in Thali system. You will get both Veg / Non-Veg.
It will be better to eat veg thali. Because cooking fish and meat is not good at all. You can’t eat it, it will just be wasted.
Also what else you can eat:
– Chicken Momo – Local food.
– Trout fish.
– Pastries, cupcakes – must eat pastries in Shimla. Cupcakes are great to eat.
– Lick the petals.
– Golgappa or Panipuri.
– Idli, Dosa.
– Apples, pears – Do not forget to eat the fruit. Very fresh, no formalin.
– Tangri Kebab.