As Shimla and its surrounding areas are already expecting a white Christmas and New Year, the railways has introduced pre-paid tour packages to Shimla. The packages include travel, food and stay. The railway officials said 50% of the seats had already been reserved. The package is available only for 10 seats.
The package is offering bookings in Kalka Shatabdi Express (12011) which will take the Chandigarh residents to Kalka railway station and from there they will have to board the connecting train, Himalayan Queen (52455) at 12:10pm.
The tourists will be taken for excursion to Kufri, Chail, Jakhu and Tara Devi temples. The cost of the single occupancy will be Rs 28,746, double occupancy will cost Rs 16,721, triple occupancy will cost Rs `14,544, while for a child (5-11 years) the journey will cost Rs 7,115 with bed and Rs 4,673 without bed. For the convenience of tricity residents, the railways will be providing special cars from Chandigarh to Kalka railway station.
The package includes confirmed train tickets in the chair car, on-board catering by railways, buffet meals at the hotel, arrival/departure transfer in AC vehicles and two-night accommodation at Raddisson Jass hotel.
The railways had recently launched two land packages as well for Shimla ahead of the Christmas and New Year. The train offering the package will start from Kalka everyday taking the tourists to Shimla. In this case also, the IRCTC is offering the pick-up facilities for the tricity residents from Chandigarh railway station to Kalka railway station.