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Lovely sunny day greets us, no doubt to help me climb that little mountain to visit the Monkey God who has stood outlooking over Shimla since 2010. He stands at 108 feet tall, striking orange, and at a nose-bleeding altitude of 8100 feet, which beats the statue in Rio at a paltry 98 feet at 2296 height. So be impressed, I walked up the hundreds of …
Another piece of family history here as we visit the hill station of Shimla where Dad was born. As his parents ( mother in particular) used to come up to the hills to get away from the heat on the plains, Dad spent his early years growing up here and would regale us with his tales of tobogganing down the hills in the deep snow; butterfly catching, …
... eyes.They are a little shy, blushing with pink cheeks and yet always friendly. I have fondly named them "The Shimlins" because their smiles are positively contagious. After dark I headed to the Mall road market and caught a glimpse and feel of the soft shawls,scarves and strolls and jute slippers. I got myself a fancy,furry white stroll for the neck with a funny panda face on it. Walking uphill further I got to the Christ Church that was shut at this hour of the day. I stared at ...
... we are the only ones there which is a pity as its a great place. The displays commemorate the Indian warriors over the past 2000 years, with information of their activities post-Independance. There are also some ex-British Army 25 pdr field guns. On we travel, climbing the steep roads with picturesque scenery way below us until we reach Green Valley, an area thick with pine trees. Lord Kitchener's residence, Wildflower Hall is next on our list. It's not the ...
As I was saying, Shimla is just a really funny old place. And cold. It gained popularity as a summer retreat for the British and is still popular now, apparently with middle-class Indians, mostly from Delhi and Mumbai, during the summer. It was a bit out of season really when we were there but still really busy. Aside from the journey up there being absolutely lovely, the town itself is so cute. An odd mix ...