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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, …
... the construction of the railway and I had, in particular, great empathy with a certain Colonel Barog. This chap appears to have demonstrated similar DIY skills as myself. He was responsible for building the longest tunnel of the whole railway. I imagine that he must have had a bash at this sort of thing before, as he decided to start tunnelling from both ends with the obvious aim of meeting in the middle. Somehow he must have mis-calculated because after some months of sweat ...
... and becomes Christmas Card picturesque. But when I was there it's a little drab. The days are sunny and quite warm at maybe 15 to 20 in the sun but around 0 cold at night. I stayed in the YMCA which was certainly cheap enough at Rs350/- including breakfast but actually seemed colder than it was outside - although it was more than adequately supplied with blankets and duvets. Getting from the toy train station to nearly anywhere in Shimla is a bit of ...
... buy walking sticks from some of the shops on the way up to beat the monkeys with!
It was a mistake not to buy a walking stick... Half way up the hill a monkey jumped right on my back!!! There we were walking up the hill, nearly at the top when I feel a huge weight on my right shoulder! I screamed and ducked and attempted to whack the monkey with the water bottle I was carrying whilst Jamie attempted to scare him away. Luckily he jumped off ...