Himachal Pradesh is taking major steps to make summer tourism easier for travellers.
After removing its RT-PCR test requirement, the state has also resumed daily train services on the heritage Kalka–Shimla Railway line. Bookings opened from June 21, and seats on the following toy trains are available from both directions on ixigo:
- 04515/16 Shimla Festival Special
- 04529/30 Kalka Shimla Special
- 04527/28 Shivalik Deluxe Special
- 04505/06 Rail Motor Special
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Journeys on this British-era train line are an unmissable part of visits to Shimla. Lasting between 4 to 5 hours, the gentle pace of these trains allows travellers to slowly soak in the dramatic mountain views.
To further sweeten the pot, the Northern Railway has said that it will be restarting its hop-on hop-off service on the Kalka–Shimla section soon. This will allow passengers to “see all places of tourist interest on the purchase of a single ticket”.
Ticket holders will be able to board/de-board any coach of any train, at any station, if seats and a scheduled stoppage are available. You can see the fares and other rules for hop-on hop-off tickets here:
Ambala Division,Northern Railway has reintroduced Hop-on,Hop-off service for tourists visiting over World famous Kalka-Shimla heritage Railway Section so that they could see all places of tourist’s interest on the purchase of single ticket.@RailwayNorthern @RailMinIndia @GM_NRly pic.twitter.com/jLiuZOBg2R
— DRM UMB NR (@drmumb) June 22, 2021
Right now, all tourists who wish to enter Himachal Pradesh need to apply for an e-pass on covid19epass.hp.gov.in. This will no longer be a requirement from July 1, as part of eased travel restrictions.
For more summer travel updates, stay tuned to ixigo!