Shimla Toy Train
This toy train’s heritage route is especially meant for tourists driving upto Shimla, who have missed out the charm and romance of traveling by Shimla’s mountain train. Termed as ‘Scientific Fiction’ and started in 1904, this unique railway track of the world, is described in the Guinness Book of World Records as ‘India’s smallest line.’
From Shimla, the train’s heritage route is via Summer Hill, Jutogh, Tara Devi and Shogi. The train moves slowly zig-zagging sometimes around 48 degrees and then it goes across beautiful bridges over sparkling streams in dense forests. Sometimes it disappears into long dark tunnels. This particular stretch has eighteen tunnels including two very long tunnels of the Shimla - Kalka track. One of them is tunnel no. 103 and the other is the Tara Devi tunnel. Just watch those old beautiful lanterns which give red and green signals still in use today!
Access by car: Alight at Shoghi railway station to take a cab for Tara Devi temple. Access by trek: Alight at Tara Devi railway station. Trek 4 Kms. via Homestead, a halting and picnic point. Climb through forests of oak to ancient Tara Devi temple built 200 years ago by Rana of Junga Bhupendra Sen. Named after Taradinath, a holy man who made the statue of Devi. Lord Shiva’s temple on the northern side of Tara Devi temple. Built by Bawas of Udasis sect. Walk down to Shoghi from the Tara Devi temple’s back side or take the train back to Shimla. Boy’s Scout Hut and Physical Training Centre.
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