About Kalka

Kalka town is one of the leading towns of Panchkula District in Haryana state. This scenic and beautiful town is located on the foothills of Himalayas. Besides, it is also located on National Highway no 22 - between Chandigarh and Shimla cities. Owing to its immense proximity to famous Shimla city, it is sometimes also referred to as ‘gateway to Shimla’. Below we’ve covered all the important aspects of this town. Right from its brief history to its existing economic condition to present status of all the important utility services. All the below mentioned information will surely help you to understand this city in much better way.

About Kalka
Kalka Railway Station

History of Kalka

There is nothing much to history of this scenic town expect for the fact that it was once part Princely state of Patiala. It was annexed by East India Company somewhere in year 1843. Under British regime Kalka town was made part of Shimla city. It remained administrative part of the Shimla city until Haryana state was formed in 1966. The town’s name ‘Kalka’ is derived from local Kali Mata Temple, which is located on the National Highway 22 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations. There are various beliefs associated with this temple. One such popular belief is that this famous temple belongs to age of Mahabharta. And that it was constructed by none other than famous Pandava brothers.

Economy of Kalka

Agriculture plays a very important role in local economy of Kalka. Although agricultural sector may be fast losing its hold on urban areas of Kalka town, but most of the villages coming under Kalka sub division heavily rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of the crops that are grown here are sugarcane, paddy and maize, wheat, barley, gram and oilseed etc. Besides, horticulture production also contributes immensely to local agricultural sector. Some of the Horticulture fruits grown in huge numbers are mango, guava, citrus, ber, chiku and pear/plums.

Profile of Kalka
Economy

Coming to industrial sector, then industries do have pretty decent presence here. It is mainly because of Kalka industrial area, where mostly small scale industries are operating. These small scale plants are providing employment to sizable number of locals her. Besides, huge numbers of Kalka locals are also employed in plenty of factories and plants operating in and around main city of Panchkula. Furthermore, the major industrial city of Parwanoo of Himachal Pradesh state is also located barely few kilometers and sizeable population of Kalka’s are employed there too.

Local service sector is growing at pretty satisfactory pace. This is mainly because of the steady growth in urbanization. Here service sector mainly constitutes of banking sector, hospitality sector, healthcare sector and retail sector. Talking particularly about hospitality sector, then Kalka’s immense proximity with beautiful holiday destination like Shimla has given huge boom to its local tourism industry, invariably giving rising employment growth in hotels and restaurants operating across the town.

Transportation in Kalka

Be it local transportation system or be it connectivity via rail and bus, today Kalka city has in place pretty efficient transportation infrastructure on all fronts. Starting with local transportation, then this town is very well served by auto rickshaws and also private cabs. Both of them work on sharing basis and not meter basis. They travel within radius of 20 to 25 km of the city. Besides, govt intercity buses and private bus also ply through this town. They connect it to cities like Chandigarh, Ambala, Delhi, Shimla and many other important cities of Haryana state. Kalka Railway Station directly connects this picturesque town to almost all the important cities of Haryana and few important cities of Northern India. To just name few of these cities, then they are as follows: Shimla, Hisar, Ambala, Amritsar, Patna and Palwal.

Kalka Railway Station
Location: Kalka-Shimla Highway, Kalka, Panchkula District, Haryana, India
Operated by : Northern Railway
Line(s) : Delhi-Kalka line
Kalka–Shimla Railway
Station code : KLK
Division(s) : Ambala

Banking Services in Kalka

Banks in Kalka
ATMs in Kalka

Today almost all topnotch banks of India are serving their branches in Kalka town. Their presence is fully ensuring that Kalka citizens are not left behind in availing modern banking services in any way. This means that just like citizens of urban or first tier cities, even Kalka citizens can make or receive payment via NEFT, can get quick personal and business loan and can avail hordes of other modern banking services. All these information’s are sufficed to conclude that today Kalka town boosts pretty robust banking services.

HDFC Bank
Address: Opposite Sophia Convent School, National Highway, Kalka - 133302, Haryana
Phone no: 1733-224858-59
IFSC Code: HDFC0000188

ICICI Bank
Address: 697 – 2L, NH 22, Kalka, Dist Panchkula.133302
Phone no: 0173-33645545

Bank of India
Address: Near Saini Dhaba Nh 22 Kalka Dist Panchkula
Phone no: Not available
IFSC Code: BKID0006718

Corporation Bank
Address: Ground Floor, Ram Nagar, Nh - 22, Near Ioc Petrol Pump, Kalka, Dist:Panchkula, Haryana - 133302
Phone no: Not available
IFSC Code: CORP0001452

YES Bank
Address: Grnd Floor, Muncipal No 549 - 550, Lower Bazar, Opp Post Office, Po Kalka, Haryana 133302
Phone no: Not available
IFSC Code: FDRL0001857

Federal Bank
Address: Ground Floor Shop No.713, Lower Bazar, N H 22, Kalka , Panchkula (Dist), Haryana133302
Phone no: Not available
IFSC Code: FDRL0001857

Tourist Destinations in Kalka

Kalka town on its own is such a beautiful place. Surrounded by lush green mountains on all sides, this place is just as good as a hills station. However beyond lush green hilly terrains, few very good tourist spots like temples, parks are also available here. Below we’ve brought some brief information about all these spots.

Kali Mata Temple : In one of the above paragraphs we did elaborately mentioned about this temple and the great importance it holds for the city. Everyday thousands of devotees flock to this temple. Presence of so many devotees will evoke immense religious fervor in you. All in all, this local sacred temple is absolute must visit for all the visiting tourists.

Shri Balaji Hanuman Temple : This is also one of the other famous temples of Kalka town, but interestingly till 1988 was laying buried in one of the local hills. In 1988 this temple was accidentally discovered after locals conducted excavation task at the marked site. Since then this temple has caught the imagination of locals here, and today stands as one of the most sacred temples of the town. In fact such is the allure of this temple that even local politicians and important government officials also come to visit this temple to seek blessing.

Pinjore Garden : This immensely beautiful garden is located in nearby village of Pinjore, located just 5 to 6 kms away from Kalka town. This garden is so beautiful that almost all visiting tourists make sure to visit this garden. This bewitchingly beautiful garden was constructed during the rule of Patiala Princely State, but the garden has a very strong feel of Mughal architecture. This may be because this garden was constructed by famous Mughal architect Nawab Fidai Khan.

Hotels in Kalka

As and when you arrive in Kalka as tourist, you should try best to stay in any of the below mentioned hotels. Because these hotels are considered amongst the best hotels in offering luxury to their guests.

Hotel the Lotus
Address: Opp. Tehsil office Railway Road Kalka.
300 metres from Kalka Railway Station.
Contact: +91-1733-224533, +91-98962-95004, +91-98967-93040
+91-17331224533
Email: hotelthelotus@yahoo.com
kumarsaurabh60@yahoo.com

Hotel Dharam Villa
Address: Railway Road, Opposite Civil Hospital, Kalka Ho, Kalka – 133302
Phone no: +(91)-1733-222746, +(91)-9896765007

Hotel Amber
Address: 11, Hotel Chowk, Near Kalka Railway Station, Railway Road, Kalka Ho, Kalka – 133302
Phone no: +(91)-1733-221444

Hotel Navrang
Address: Sco 44-45, New Grain Market, Kalka Ho, Kalka – 133302
Phone no: +(91)-1733-225044, +(91)-9815195712

Healthcare Services in Kalka

Hospitals in Kalka
Healthcare Services

Kalka healthcare services can be claimed to be quite efficient and robust in every way. Be it availability of well equipped hospitals or be it availability of very basic medical facilities like chemist shops and general clinics, this town today is able to offer everything to local patients here.

Khurana Hospital
Address: Hospital Chowk, Near Pinjore Post Office, Pinjore, Kalka- 133302
Phone no: (1733) 221800

Gupta Nursing Home
Address: 45, Ramgarh, Near Lakshmi Hardware Store, Kalka- 133302
Phone no: (1733) 253414

Kalka Nursing Home
Address: 540-A, Lower Bazar, Near Kalka Post Office, Kalka- 133302
Phone no: (1733) 220720

Safety and Security in Kalka

While local police station is certainly operating in this town to take care of law and order situation, but it doesn’t have to work too hard to make local citizens safe and secure. That is because unlawful activities of serious nature very rarely occur in this town. However, small and pity crimes of non serious nature do keep plaguing this town time and again, but they hardly pose any threat to local law and order situation. All in all, today citizens of Kalka town always feel absolutely safe and secure about their well being. Everyday they go about their activities and daily job without having to worry about their safety and security. For More Click Here

Dy.Commissioner of Police Panchkula
Phone No. (Office): 0172-2585300, 2586101
Phone No. (Res.): 2569900
Mob: 8146630005
Email: dcppkl-hry@nic.in

Kalka at a glance

Country : India
State : Haryana
District : Panchkula
Founded : 1842
Population:
Approximately 30,887
Pin codes: 133302
STD Code: 01733
Vehicle registration: HR-49
Time zone: IST (UTC+5.30)


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