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... took part in the talks. Gandhi was also here at the time but did not take part in the talks, he remained on the outside to give advice. Outside, the manicured lawn and neat herbaceous borders were a proper throwback to old England resembling a University campus or an Inn of Court. This was fitting as the lodge now is the Centre for Advanced Studies which houses a library and ...
... was built in 1887 by an English man. (that date will be forever etched onto our brain now by our guide who said the date every 2 minutes of our 1 hour guided tour!)
Our guide was very informative and you could tell he was really passionate about the building. He even took us up above the stage to show us the old ropes and workings they use to pull up the curtain and change the scenery.
Well apart from giving ...
... Kalka - Shimla toy train. This historical narrow gauge railway is a UNESCO site and was the subject of a BBC2 documentary series called 'The Little Train'. There are two classes of carriage and we have chosen the best: chair class. It consists of narrow padded benches and sliding windows. Although our seats are sequentially numbered, they are on different sides of the train. Ian has a single window seat and I have a shared bench aisle seat. These benches are ...
... mountains going higher and higher. As we went higher it got colder and colder and we ended up in ugg boots, jerseys, jackets and scarves, a big change from Bangkok where we were in vests and shorts just 12 hours before! The ride was so much more than we expected. The scenery was stunning and we saw a beautiful bright orange sunset, even though we froze to death hanging out the side of the train taking photos! We also stopped at a few stations on the way to our mountain ...
... passed people in the remotest of locations waiting for the train to pass to continue their journey. The tunnels are filled with alcoves for people to jump in when the train comes a runnin'.
After a 5 hour train ride through basically Dutch landscapes we arrived in Kalka just in time to catch our next train, another 5 hour ride with a so called 'toytrain'(read: cramped or old steamtrain) bringing us up into the mountains. We could've gone for the 3 hour ...