The Kalka Mail 12312 is a daily superfast train that operates on the Eastern Zone of the Indian Railways. It provides a point of connection between Kalka, Haryana, and Howrah, West Bengal. It is one of the longest trains in India.
Kalka Mail made its first run on January 1, 1866. It completed 150 years this year! The train began its operation from Calcutta to Delhi in 1866 and was then called the East Indian Railway Mail. Its journey was extended to Kalka in 1891. The British Civil servants who used to move their summer capital from Calcutta to Shimla predominantly used this train. During the British Raj, the entire government team would travel on this train at the beginning of summer and return by the end of the season. Both Kalka and Howrah stations had built-in internal carriageways so that high-ranking officers were able to drive up to their coaches. The one in Howrah is still in use today!
Kalka Mail is at present among the longest trains running in the country and has a total of 25 coaches comprising 12 sleeper class compartments, 2 Sleeper, 4 General, 1 first AC, 2 three-tiers AC, 3 two-tiers AC and a total of 4 rakes.
The Kalka Mail departs from Kalka in Haryana at 23:55 PM and arrives at Howrah Junction in West Bengal at 7:55 AM. This train covers a distance of 1,743 km in 24 hours and 55 minutes.
During its journey, the train traverses many states including Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, NCT, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Kalka Mail makes 26 halts. Some of the important stations are:
The average ticket price for the Kalka Express is
The travelers can also book tatkal tickets for the train. The average tatkal prices are:
To provide passengers with a comfortable journey, the train provides on-board catering, pantry car and e-catering. The pantry is available between Chandigarh to Howrah. The food options are excellent. The journey is comfortable as the train provides both comfortable seating and sleeping arrangements in the train.
The ticket availability for this train is average, which means it is advisable that you book tickets in advance, preferably 60 days. During the summer holidays and festival months, tickets may be difficult to procure. Mostly, people who want to travel to Shimla board this train from the capital city.
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|No.||Station name (code)||Arrives||Departs||Stop time||Distance travelled||Day||Route|
|1||Kalka (KLK)||Starts||23:55||0||0 km||1||1|
|2||Chandi Mandir (CNDM)||00:10||00:12||2 min||24 km||2||1|
|3||Chandigarh (CDG)||00:25||01:10||45 min||38 km||2||1|
|4||Ambala Cant Junction (UMB)||02:00||02:20||20 min||105 km||2||1|
|5||Kurukshetra Junction (KKDE)||02:53||02:55||2 min||147 km||2||1|
|6||Karnal (KUN)||03:21||03:23||2 min||180 km||2||1|
|7||Panipat Junction (PNP)||03:52||03:54||2 min||214 km||2||1|
|8||Samalkha (SMK)||04:07||04:09||2 min||231 km||2||1|
|9||Ganaur (GNU)||04:21||04:23||2 min||243 km||2||1|
|10||Sonipat (SNP)||04:40||04:42||2 min||259 km||2||1|
|11||Adrsh Ngr Delhi (ANDI)||05:09||05:11||2 min||293 km||2||1|
|12||Subzi Mandi (SZM)||05:43||05:45||2 min||300 km||2||1|
|13||Delhi (DLI)||06:30||07:00||30 min||302 km||2||1|
|14||Ghaziabad (GZB)||07:48||07:50||2 min||322 km||2||1|
|15||Khurja Junction (KRJ)||08:45||08:48||3 min||385 km||2||1|
|16||Aligarh Junction (ALJN)||09:26||09:31||5 min||428 km||2||1|
|17||Hathras Junction (HRS)||09:53||09:55||2 min||458 km||2||1|
|18||Tundla Junction (TDL)||10:45||10:50||5 min||506 km||2||1|
|19||Firozabad (FZD)||11:03||11:05||2 min||523 km||2||1|
|20||Shikohabad Junction (SKB)||11:28||11:30||2 min||543 km||2||1|
|21||Etawah (ETW)||12:13||12:15||2 min||598 km||2||1|
|22||Phaphund (PHD)||12:52||12:54||2 min||654 km||2||1|
|23||Kanpur Central (CNB)||14:20||14:30||10 min||736 km||2||1|
|24||Fatehpur (FTP)||15:28||15:30||2 min||813 km||2||1|
|25||Allahabad Junction (ALD)||17:10||17:20||10 min||930 km||2||1|
|26||Mirzapur (MZP)||18:38||18:43||5 min||1020 km||2||1|
|27||Mughal Sarai Junction (MGS)||20:10||20:25||15 min||1083 km||2||1|
|28||Bhabua Road (BBU)||21:04||21:06||2 min||1135 km||2||1|
|29||Sasaram (SSM)||21:40||21:42||2 min||1183 km||2||1|
|30||Dehri On Sone (DOS)||22:00||22:02||2 min||1200 km||2||1|
|31||Gaya Junction (GAYA)||23:20||23:25||5 min||1286 km||2||1|
|32||Koderma (KQR)||00:48||00:50||2 min||1362 km||3||1|
|33||Hazaribagh Road (HZD)||01:23||01:25||2 min||1410 km||3||1|
|34||Parasnath (PNME)||02:01||02:03||2 min||1437 km||3||1|
|35||Gomoh Junction (GMO)||02:40||02:50||10 min||1455 km||3||1|
|36||Dhanbad Junction (DHN)||03:15||03:25||10 min||1484 km||3||1|
|37||Asansol Junction (ASN)||04:31||04:36||5 min||1543 km||3||1|
|38||Durgapur (DGR)||05:06||05:10||4 min||1585 km||3||1|
|39||Barddhaman Junction (BWN)||06:28||06:33||5 min||1649 km||3||1|
|40||Howrah Junction (HWH)||07:55||Ends||0||1743 km||3||1|