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UNESCO’s World Heritage Historic Kalka Shimla Toy Train

Kalka Shimla Toy Train is one of the most scenic train journeys in India which was built by British in 1903 to provide access their summer capital Shimla. The Kalka Shimla railway line is not only popular for its scenic beauty but also for history related to its construction as well. 96 kilometers railway line not only connects Kalka and Shimla but also passes through 20 picturesque stations, 102 tunnels, more than 800 bridges and 900 curves. This railway line is designed in such a way that its wheel do not skid during heavy rains. Due to these facts on 2nd July 2008 UNESCO’s world heritage decided to add Kalka Shimla Railway to world heritage list and later on 9th November 2008 it was officially declared by UNESCO.

p1000830 The average speed of train is 22 kilometer per hours. The longest tunnel which stretches for more than one kilometer is near the mail railway station at Barog, which was named after Engineer Colonel Barog who earlier dug tunnel from both end and was unable to align both end and was fined Rupee 1 for this. And due to shame he committed suicide inside the incomplete tunnel.

Station between Kalka and Shimla are Taksal, Gumman, Koti, Sonwara, Dharampur, Kumarhatti, Barog, Solan, Salogra, Kandaghat, Kanoh, Kathleeghat, Shogi, Taradevi, Totu and Summer Hill.

For train schedule and fare one can visit official website of Indian Railway IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited)

List of Toy Trains from Kalka to Shimla with number:

  1. 52457 – Kalka Shimla NG Passenger.
  2. 72451 – Kalka Shimla Rail Motor.
  3. 52451 – Shivalik Deluxe Express.
  4. 52453 – Kalka Shimla NG Express.
  5. 52455 – Himalayan Queen.

Bijli Mahadev – Temple of Lightning

Bijli Mahadev :

Bijli Mahadev Temple, as the name suggests is the temple of Lord Shiva, where almost every year lightning strike the Shiva Linga and breaks into pieces. Then the priest of the temple rejoins the pieces of Lingam with the help of butter and other adhesive.

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The place where temple is situated is called Mathana (7874 ft.). The beautiful temple is surrounded by lush green meadows.

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The statue and idol near temple are also the main attraction of tourist who came here from all across the world. And in the month of Saawan (one of the Hindu month) people offers ghee, butter and milk to these idols and worship Lord Shiva.

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Panoramic view of Manaikaran, Kullu and Lug Valley from temple catches lots of eyes.

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Temple is easily approachable from Kullu. 14km of motor able road from Kullu to Chansari Village and from Chansari 2km trek in shadow of tall pine trees. And one who cannot trek can come from Naggar to Bijli Mahadev road via Janna Waterfall.

Manali – The Valley of Gods