New Delhi-Kalka-Shimla-Kalka-New Delhi
Highlights of the tour
1. Toy train ride from Kalka-Shimla- Kalka.
2. Train ride from Delhi-Kalka-Delhi in Shatabdi train,
3. Visit to National Rail Museum, Delhi.
Day 1 New Delhi
Traditional welcome on arrival at New Delhi airport by Travel Pals (India) Pvt. Ltd. executive with fresh marigold flower garlands and then transferred by air conditioned exclusive car to your reserved hotel.
New Delhi On December 12, 1911, George V, the then Emperor of India along with Queen Mary made the announcement to shift the Capital of the British Raj from Calcutta to Delhi at the Delhi Durbar and laying the foundation stone for Viceroy's residence in the Coronation Park. The capital city can be easily divided into two parts Old & New Delhi. While Shahjahan built a new walled city which served as the capital of Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857 AD and is now regarded as Old Delhi has many ancient & medieval monuments, archaeological sites & remains. The New Delhi was planned & built by leading 20th century British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker and contracted to Sir Sobha Singh. The present President House, Indian Parliament & other Government Secretariat buildings were built by them.
Early evening enjoy the visit of National Rail Museum:
National Museum, New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds variety of articles ranging from pre historic era to modern works of art. The blue-print of the National Museum had been prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. The Museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years. It remains closed on Mondays. It also houses the National Museum Institute of History of Arts, Conservation and Museology on the first floor which was established in 1983 and now is a Deemed University since 1989, and runs Masters and Doctoral level courses in History of Art, Conservation and Museology.
Day 2 - Kalka / Shimla
Early breakfast at hotel followed by Travel Pals representative will meet you at hotel's lobby and departure transfer to New Delhi railway station to board 2011 Kalka Shatabdi Express train at 0740 hrs to arrive Kalka at 1200 hrs.
Toy train ride - Kalka to Shimla
Enjoy the fascinating, full of scenic beauty ride on this historical Kalka-Shimla line with 105 tunnels and single and double arch bridges.Upon arrival in Kalka, shift from broad guage line platform to the narrow guage line platform to board in 52455 Himalayan Queen hill express toy train departing at 1210 hrs for Shimla (connecting train to the Shatabdi Express).
SHIMLA- Way back in 1817, a small village tucked away in the Himalayas was discovered by British surveyors and pronounced an ideal retreat for the homesick colonizers. Named after Shyamla Devi, an incarnation of the fierce goddess Kali, stories of Shimla's salubrious climate and invigorating surroundings made it grow in popularity. Sprawled over 12 kms on a crescent shaped ridge, Shimla is the largest hill station and erstwhile summer capital of the British in India. Descending in layers from the top of the ridge, at 2,213 meters, Shimla straddles several hills, including the Jakhoo, Prospect Hill, Observatory Hill, Elysium Hill, and Summer Hill. Though Shimla, which is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh, has come a long way from the days of the Raj, the old British buildings, quaint cottages and churches still remind visitors of an era long gone by. Shimla is also famous for Kalka to Shimla train journey which is the one of the most sought after journey in the country. This track is now on the UNESCO's world heritage rail site. This is one of the oldest hill railway track built by the British in India.
Day 3 - Shimla
After breakfast, enjoy day free for own activities and to stroll on the Shimla Mall 'the Heart of Shimla', the Mall is the main shopping centre.
Or you may visit on own to the following:
1. Mall Road
The Mall is the main shopping centre of Shimla. The Ridge and Scandal point are the two main meeting points at the Mall.
2. State Museum
There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.
3. Jakhu Temple
Its at a height of 8000 ft and is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, there is Sankat Mochan temple of Lord Hanuman, which is also the home of countless playful monkeys.
4. Christ Church
Its second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Shimla railway station to board train for Kalka (52456 Himalyan Queen at 1035/1610 hrs).
Upon arrival in Kalka, shift from narrow guage line platform to the broad guage line platform to board Kalka Shatabdi train for Delhi (1745/2155 hrs)
Met on arrival in New Delhi railway station and transfer to your designated place of stay in Delhi for onward journey with sweet memories of the trip.
Check in for international flights commences 3 hours prior to flight departure time for economy class and 2 hrs prior for business/first class.
Bon Voyage !