The track rises from Kalka at 640 meters to the cool climes of Shimla at 2,060 meters. A journey from Kalka to Shimla is simply out of this world. The toy train winds its way slowly through the hills up to the alpine reaches of the lower Himalayas. At the foothills one gets a breathtaking view of the Kushalya River and the tiny stations on the way-Koti, Barog, Kanoh that are characterized by neat gardens and gabled roofs. The passage through the Koti tunnel makes one hunt for a coat and the chilly air jabs him the moment one hits Jabli, 1,240 meters above sea level.