From your question, it looks like your going for the first time to Shimla.
You have booked for the Kalka-Shimla train, that too along with your family. I think it is a right decision. See, after all, it is a matter of just 5 hours (1100hrs to 1600hrs). And in family vacations, this 5 hrs is nothing.
Remember, lot of people come to Kalka, only to undertake this train journey. So, don't be disappointed later on, you have taken the right decision; and simply go as per your plan.
There are plenty of places like kullu, manikaran, manali etc for the remaining days to cover. And at manali, you can stay at www.silverbirchcottagesmanali.com.Report Abuse