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Special trains for tourists on Shimla-Kalka heritage track

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Tourists can now enjoy ride on special trains on picturesque UNESCO world heritage track Kalka-Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

In tune with previous years, the Railways have opened bookings for luxury coach, Jharokha, two ‘special holiday’ trains on Kalka-Shimla track and a short distance joy ride train from Shimla to Shoghi.

“There are regular train services as well on the track. But we are providing additional services as it is the peak season of the visitor,” a railway official said.

Jharokha coach was introduced last year for premium tourism experience and it is booked on demand. It is specially designed to add-on a memorable and delightful experience of the tourists.

The Jharokha coach named as C14 has deluxe seats, two side open balcony fenced with the steel bars at both of its ends.

The high charges of CT-14 Jharokha coach, fixed at Rs 37,000, from Kalka to Shimla has not seen any takers this year, however. The capacity of the coach is about eight passengers. Some other luxury services are also provided in this coach.

“Joyride’ caters to those who want to have fun on short distance on the heritage track. It can be experienced at Rs 445 per person. The train is covering around 15km in approximately one hour,” he said.

The special trains had earned around Rs 14 lakh last year with railways making 38 trips on the route, according to officials.