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Him Darshan Express Toy Train

The Northern Railway Division of Indian Railways has introduced a new train on the Kalka Shimla toy train route namely Him Darshan Express. The country’s first Vistadome train ( having glass roof)  will reach Shimla from Kalka on Wednesday 25th December 2019 on Christmas day. The seven-coach train will have six transparent Vista coaches. Till now, trains running at other places in the country are running with one or two Vista coach. For the first time on the occasion of Christmas, Him Darshan Express will be operated in Himachal which will have all vista dome coaches.

Him Darshan Express train Timings

The transparent Vista train will leave Kalka at 7:00 am and reach Shimla at 12:55 am. Within this train, the tourists will be able to enjoy full panoramic views while sitting on the seats, thanks to the transparent roof and large windows. The train will leave from Shimla towards Kalka at 3:50 pm and reach Kalka at 9:15 pm. The Vista Dome coach will have a seating capacity of 15 passengers, while the first class seating less luggage coach will have a capacity of 14.

Him Darshan Express train number and booking

Online booking of train number 52459 from Kalka towards Shimla and 52460 from Shimla towards Kalka can also be done. The train operations have been planned for the full year, i.e., till 24 December 2020. Booking can be done online at IRCTC Website.

Him Darshan Express train Fare

For booking in this train, a passenger will have to pay Rs 630. There will be no discount on fares for booking on this train. Only 15 passengers will be able to travel in a common class compartment. At the same time, 14 passengers will be able to travel in the first AC compartment.

Facilities in Him Darshan Coach

  • The coach is fully Air-conditioned, the windows are of thick transparent glass which is larger than usual.
  • The roof is also glass; the interior of the coach has also been specially designed.
  • Uses of hard glass in compartments, doors and windows, steel railings have also been installed.
  • LED lights, temperature measuring instruments are also installed.
  • Western toilet facilities are available in the coach with western-style commode with water jet, wash basin, liquid soap container, steel dustbin, toilet paper roll, etc.

The Him Darshan Express, starting on December 25 2019, is the first full Vista train in the country for tourists on the UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla track. At present, only one or two Vistadome coaches are being run with trains at other places in the country.

Kalka to Shimla train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52455 Himalayan Queen Kalka 12:10 Shimla 17:20
52457 KLK SML Pass Kalka 03:30 Shimla 08:55
52459 KLK SML Special Kalka 05:10 Shimla 09:50
52451 Shivalik Deluxe Kalka 05:45 Shimla 10:35
52453 KLK SML express Kalka 06:20 Shimla 11:35
52459 Him Darshan Express Kalka 07:00 Shimla 12:55

Shimla to Kalka train timings / timetable

Train Number Name From Departure To Arrival
52456 Himalayan Queen Shimla 10:40 Kalka 16:10
52458 SML KLK Pass Shimla 14:20 Kalka 20:10
52460 SML KLK Special Shimla 17:25 Kalka 22:05
52452 Shivalik Deluxe Shimla 17:50 Kalka 22:45
52454 SML KLK express Shimla 18:30 Kalka 23:30
52460 Him Darshan Express Shimla 03:50 Kalka 09:15

Please not that the Kalka Shimla toy train bookings open only one month in advance (except Shivalik Deluxe train, it will open three months before from travel date), not like other trains which open two months in advance.

FAQ:-

Qus:- On the trip up to Shimla is there a preferred side to sit for best views?

Any side is perfectly all right as whole of the route is so much beautiful.

Qus:- What is the fare of Him darshan Express?

For booking in this train, a passenger will have to pay Rs 630.

Qus:- What time does the Him Darshan Express start from Kalka?

The transparent Vista train will leave Kalka at 7:00 am and reach Shimla at 12:55 am.

Content last updated in December 2019


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