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Kalka Overview

Ranked 7 of 43 sightseeing in Panchkula

Kalka, named after the Goddess Kali, is a town in the Panchkula district. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, it is the terminus of the Kalka-Shimla Railway. In 1843, the town was acquired from the Princely state of Patiala by British India. Its acquisition led it to serve as a depot for Shimla, the summer capital of the Raj.

Main attraction of the town is the Kali Mata Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. The ancient temple is flocked by devotees during the Navratri celebrations. Legend states that the site of the temple served as a resting place for the Pandavas, during 'Agyat Vas'. On one of the hills overlooking the town, an ancient temple of Balaji was excavated in 1988.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Jyoti Goyal

Jyoti Goyal4.3/5

20 reviews

Toy Train ride is the main attraction

Toy Train from Kalka to Shimla is a world class experience of all ages of people. This route is one world heritage site status. It has 108 tunnels from Kalka to Shimla.

Mahendra Manu

Mahendra Manu5.0/5

1 review

Every bit is worth it

The Kalka Shimla train was built for fun by the Britishers. It has 103 tunnels and many arc bridges. While travelling one has to admire the fact that with how much effort each and every bridge, tunnel was built keeping in mind that every traveller on that track should have fun. For example tunnel number 16 on the highway crossing, the Britishers could have not made it at all. If you look carefully the trees above the tunnel are not more than 60 years old. There the train enters a tunnel comes out onto the Road, an arc bridge and then vanishes around the bend. I would say not more than 5 tunnels were actually required, it's purely built for fun and hence deserves 7 stars. Must ride it if you can. Best for people of all ages.

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