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Kalka - Shimla Heritage Route

  • 26 Dec 2019
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The Indian Railways has started a seven coach glass-enclosed vistadome train (Him Darshan Express) on the heritage Kalka-Shimla route. The train will provide passengers a panoramic view of the hilly region.

  • Luxurious coaches with glass ceiling are termed as Vistadome coaches. These have see-through window screens.
  • The Kalka Shimla railway line was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008 and was listed under “Mountain Railways of India”. It has been a great tourist attraction since then.
    • The Mountain Railway of India, besides Kalka - Shimla Railway, consists of two other railways:
      • The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway located in the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal (Northeast India)
      • The Nilgiri Mountain Railways located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu (South India).
  • The Kalka Shimla Railway is a 96.6 kilometer long, single track working rail link built in the mid-19th century to connect Shimla.

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