A Journey to Shimla - by Toy Train

By Sumit Raj Vashisht

Travel | Paperback, eBook


In 1891, the railway line to Kalka from Ambala was opened but it took a couple of years more to begin work on the Kalka Shimla Railway. The burning heat of Indian summers made people sweaty during the whole of the journey from Calcutta, now Kolkata, to Kalka. The wooden box like railway compartments which had no fans fitted and air conditioning was just a dream, creaked, rattled and bumped while moving on the steel rails and puffed hot wind through its window openings, keeping the travelers humid. Building a railway track in the hills was a great challenge for the Scottish Engineers. But it was nothing in front of their attraction for the hills. Shimla, the former Summer Capital of British India, and now a famous tourist destination, came up exactly 200 years ago from now. The British officers had moved up to the hills to fight against Gurkhas, who actually were expanding their dynasties in these hills and had caused a big trouble for the local rulers. On the invitation of the local rulers British army moved up and fought against Gurkhas, defeated them and expelled them completely.


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In 1891, the railway line to Kalka from Ambala was opened but it took a couple of years more to begin work on the Kalka Shimla Railway. The burning heat of Indian summers made people sweaty during the whole of the journey from Calcutta, now Kolkata, to Kalka. The wooden box like railway compartments which had no fans fitted and air conditioning was just a dream, creaked, rattled and bumped while moving on the steel rails and puffed hot wind through its window openings, keeping the travelers humid. Building a railway track in the hills was a great challenge for the Scottish Engineers. But it was nothing in front of their attraction for the hills. Shimla, the former Summer Capital of British India, and now a famous tourist destination, came up exactly 200 years ago from now. The British...


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Sumit, better known as Summit is the eldest son of a Railway Mechanical Engineer and on the other hand an Urdu poet. He was born in Shimla - India, in 1967 and his love for Shimla was born with him. He is a tourism professional, qualified from Delhi University and runs a Walking Tour Company called Shimla Walks. Sumit is a writer as well and a published author with five book to his credit.



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