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Our stay in Shimla was an absolute delight. The curious
mixture of India and old England was hard for anyone to dislike. For old idiots
like us it was irresistible. We enjoyed dozens of intriguing examples of
English memorabilia including; The Rotary Club, Shimla & District Public
Library, 4th Shimla Bamboo Stick Girl Guides, Clarkes Hotel
since 1878, Shimla Amateur Dramatics Society established 1899, Shimla Billiard
Hall and even ...
It was back in 2005 when I went to Shimla with couple of my friends. On our guided tour to Kufri, our driver pointed to a peak and told us, that it is the highest peak in Shimla and the famous city gets its name from that peak, i.e. Shali Peak. He also told us about the temple on top of the peak. Although my friends kind of ignored the info, the seed to go on that trek was planted in my head there and then. But it was not until ...
... a real gem - it is the Hill Capital of Himachal Pradesh and in the 1800's it was known as the summer capital of British India as all the Brit's enjoyed holidaying there - the climate was very pleasant in summer compared with other parts of India. There are so many British influences around the town, including many buildings on the main streets. Christ Church is a good example which really stands out - it had amazing stained glass windows and was in ...
... on its narrow, steep, winding one-way roads. Here a lengthy car-free road called the Mall stretches as far as you would want to walk, with other roads such as the Ridge Road, also pedestrian-only, branching out from it. It was possible to wander and enjoy people-watching and window-shopping without jumping out of our skins from the shock of a warning horn blast every two minutes. Also, the clean streets were evidence of the law against littering, a novelty in our Indian ...
... valley below. Barely had we gone some way than the rain began yet again. This time it did not stop. Fortunately we had our umbrellas so could make our way back to the hotel without getting chillingly drenched