By Train : Shimla is connected to Kalka (96 kms) on Meter Gauge and it takes around 6 Hrs from KALKA to reach SHIMLA. There are 3-4 trains daily from Kalka to Shimla and vice-versa. Shivalik Express is luxury Deluxe Train on this route with less halts and pantry facility. One can also travel through Rail car (one of its kind mainly running on this route in india only). The overnight Kalka Mail from Delhi reaches Kalka in the early morning and that is the time to catch connecting trains on the splendid narrow-gauge train to Shimla. There are 103 tunnels on the route with longest being 1.2 K.M. long.
Time Table of Trains From Shimla To Kalka
Time Table of Trains From Kalka To Shimla
Shivalik Deluxe Express :
On board catering with exclusive kitchenware refrigerator installed and well equipped kitchen provided in the coach
By Road : Shimla is connected by road to all the major towns. The chart below shows the distance between the Major Towns and Shimla and duration of journey -
Buses are frequently available from Chandigarh to Shimla at a gap of half an hour. Delux Buses and Ordinary Buses are also available from all the places.Click here , for Time table of HRTC Buses along with distance and fare.
Local Transportation : Local bus services is frequent in Shimla City from 7 am to 9 pm and buses are available to all the places in the City. Buses runs mainly on the Ring Road (Covering Main Bus Stand, Lift, Chota Shimla, Kasumpti, Sanjauli, Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand, Victory Tunnel, Boileauganj, Summer Hill. Taxis are freely available from all the points in Shimla for local travel and site seen. Daily Tourist Buses are run by HPTDC for local sight seen and booking in them can be done at the Tourist Information Centre on the Mall. Shimla City is placed on hill top and all the major places like Mall, Ridge, Kali Bari, Lakkar Bazaar are located on it, to reach these places one has to walk on foot from the ring road on steep hill and its the only mode of travel on hill slopes. One can avail the facility of lift run by HP tourism from cart road, which links the Cart Road to Mall. Taxi Service from Mall Road to Bus Stand, Sanjauli to Lakkar Bazaar (Near Ridge , Shimla),Kasumti to Shimla Club(Near Ridge).
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Parking Facility : Shimla is congested town and one can face parking problem if coming by own vehicle. There are many parking places operated by private parties. Main parking places in Shimla are near Lift, Nr.Hotel Holiday Home, Main Bus Stand, Railway Station Godown, High Court Parking. MC Parking largest in Shimla town situated just 100 mt. away from lift has capacity for about 400 vehicles at a time.
One should take special care of Sealed and Restricted roads in Shimla, all the roads leading from cart road to mall side are sealed and restricted roads. Parking on the sides of Cart Road is also prohibited. There is heavy fine on violation of any of the rules.