How to Reach


The journey to Cedar Hill Lodge is filled with scenic sights and destinations. Kalka starts your journey through the Lower Himalayas and the drive takes you to the Middle Himalayas where the lodge is located. And Yes! The exhilarating view from the lodge is that of the Greater Himalayas.


  • Airport:35 Kms.
  • Shimla Town: 15 Kms.
  • Delhi: 375 Kms.
  • Chandigarh: 120 Kms.
  • Kalka: 90 Kms.
  • Manali: 275 Kms.
  • Dharamshala: 250 Kms.
  • Rampur: 150 Kms.
  • Kaza: 425 Kms.
  • Here are some destinations that you will enjoy as you arrive at the Cedar Lodge.

    Pinjore: 6 Kms. before Kalka lies these enchanting Mughal Gardens. The gardens were first developed in the 17th century during the reign of the then Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.

    Kalka: With Kalka the ascent begins into the Himalayas. Kalka is an important hub for it serves as a railway junction and the alternate route to the lodge would be to take this heritage route, enjoying the gentle ramble of the train to Shimla.

    Parwanoo: Parwanoo now being an industrial township is a busy little hub. Further on lies the Timber Trail Resort.

    Kasauli: Beyond the Timber Trail the road to the left takes you to Kasauli. A charming sweet hill station, the town has been able to maintain its heritage and still breathes a slow rhythm with life. From Kasauli, also lies Sanawar; one of the reputed schools in the country.

    Dharmpur: A small town Dharmpur is famous for its food and dhabas. For the foodies it is a delight and is a common pit stop for all travelers traveling these regions of the Lower Himalayas. The British here developed a famous tuberculosis hospital that still exists.

    Barog: Here on the Pines and the Oaks begin to emerge with certainty and one can also admire the infrequent train passing through the tunnel to Kalka.

    Solan: Solan is the halfway between Shimla & Kalka and is the second largest town of Himachal. A bustling, rapidly developed township has arisen over the last decade. Also known for its Mushrooms, the town is equally apt in growing various fruits grown in the nearby orchards.

    Kandaghat: 30 km before Shimla is the hamlet of Kandaghat. The tarmac turning to the right from the highway leads to Chail, the erstwhile palace of the Maharaja of Patiala.

    Shoghi: From here one can view the Shimla airport, and for those who are regulars to Shimla can almost see themselves in Shimla as the town now is only 30 Kms. away.

    Taradevi: Perched on the top of a hill lies the Taradevi Temple, which is an ancient popular sight for locals and tourists. Also the view of Shimla town now begins to emerge. The view in the evening reminds one of the popular festivals Diwali/Christmas as the mountain seems lively light and inviting…

    Shimla Town: You are only 14 Kms away from the Cedar Hill Lodge. The town is usually packed and noisy during the tourist/summer season. But the town leads a vigorous summer life which changes to relaxing pace for the rest of the seasons.

    Dhalli: This would be the last suburb of Shimla, and the last Cedar forested ascent begins to the lodge. Here the tiny hamlet of Chharabra and the Cedar Hill Lodge lies surrounded by the sanctuary of cedars, and the alluring views of the Greater Himalayas.


    Arriving to Shimla by TRAIN: Tickets can be booked through for the following trains

    Economical, deluxe and premium services for travelers on the Kalka-Shimla rail section are made available by the Indian railways. The time table is set as per further train connectivity and general tourist requirements.

    Special trains are also run during the holiday season. Visit the Indian railways website for the latest update on timings and services.


    The following are the different types of services:

    Kalka Shimla Mail: This is the oldest train service available on this track. This train takes less than six hours to reach either side. There are wooden coaches attached in this train with small windows and also there are plain wooden seats with no cushions. This train stops at Shoghi also.


    The Himalayan queen : This is an improved version with new coaches and this is the most popular train today. It has cushioned standard chair car seats with large windows for greater views and good ambience. It takes a little less time than the mail train.

    The Deluxe Rail Motor Car: The Deluxe Rail Motor Car is a visual delight as it resembles a bus of the Second World War vintage. Carrying 14 passengers at a time, it reaches its destination in 4.25 hrs. The car is fitted with a transparent fiber-glass roof, for a clear view of the sky. Time-cum-temperature display unit, altimeter and route indication board gives valuable information while traveling.

    The Shivalik Deluxe Express: The Shivalik Deluxe Express is a connecting service to Howrah-Kalka Mail for Shimla. It accommodates 120 passengers and reaches its destination in 4.45 hrs.

    The coaches are equipped with wall-to-wall carpeting, wide glass windows and reversible cushioned chairs. Improved lighting and a music system creates a pleasant atmosphere. The fare for both Deluxe Rail Motor Car and Shivalik Deluxe Express is the same with a complimentary meal at the picturesque Railway Station of Barog.

    Premium Services: The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach: The Shivalik Palace Tourist Coach provides a luxurious ambience for a dream holiday. It can accommodate a part of six persons and is equipped with folding cushioned bed, refrigerator, on-board-kitchen and dining table with cushioned chairs. The fare includes complimentary accommodation of two luxurious retiring rooms at Shimla for the day and free meals en-route.

    The Shivalik Queen Tourist Coach: A comparatively late entrant on the Kalka-Shimla section is the Shivalik Queen, which is a luxury coach. It is divided into two portions consisting of two coupes each. The coach is equipped with ultramodern facilities and fittings like wall-to-wall carpets, altimeter, fancy lights, chrome plated luggage rack.

    These coaches are attached to other trains as per requirements.


    Special Trains running between Kalka and Shimla.

    101/102 –Enjoy the Rail Motor Car

    IRCTC presents Rail Motor Car package Served by the Kalka-Shimla Railways, Deluxe Rail Motor Car is a toy train resembling a bus of the Second World War vintage. It offers a charming journey between Kalka and Shimla. With a capacity of 14 to 18 passengers, it reaches its destination in 4 hrs and 25 minutes. For a clear view of the sky, the car is fitted with a transparent fiber-glass roof. Facilities include digital time-cum-temperature display unit, TV/VCP, music system and titleimeter. The route indication board gives valuable information while traveling

    Tickets can be booked through for the following trains

    241/242 – Shivalik Delux Super fast express
    255/256 – Himalayan Queen Express
    251/252 – Kalka Shimla Express