Toy Train Ride is a very popular journey which was started by Lord Curzon in 1903. This famous old ride has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This ride takes 5 hours from Kalka to Shimla covering 96 km. This journey offers a breathtaking experience of crossing through 103 tunnels and 800 bridges and viaducts. The ride which goes through mountains, green valleys and pine, fir and deodar forests, offers a memorable experience to the tourists.
The train runs on mountains and stops at many places for the tourists to engage in photography of amazing views. The speed is so slow that passengers can even get down and get back in without any risk. The trains are categorised into various classes like deluxe (Deluxe Motor Rail car and Shivalik Deluxe Express), super deluxe (Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach, Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach), and regular passenger trains (Kalka Shimla Express and Himalayan Queen); these start from Kalka in mornings and from Shimla in the afternoons.