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Travel Blogs from Shimla
We're out of our hotel at exactly 6:45, and we load into the bus to discover that our breakfast boxes contain an EMPTY coffee cup. This simply will not do, and even though we have a train to catch we take the cups back inside to get coffee. There is an espresso man at the front door, and even though we could have filled all of them quicker by running down to the restaurant floor, he insists upon brewing all through his machine. The race is on ...
... Viceregal Lodge looks like a cross between Harry Potter's Hogwarts School and the Tower of London..." and "it costs 20 Rupees if you just want to look around the gardens". Disappointingly, the Guide gives no information about the historical significance nor much information at all about this grand old building.
Our afternoon was free to roam the Shimla Mall and yet another opportunity for the incorrigible Alan to once again try to ferret out some tonic water.
... i walked 10 minutes further, again down hill and then back up to the Viceregal Lodge or Institute of Advance Studies as it is now known.
Built by the British between 1884 - 1888 it resembles a Scottish castle with grey lime stone walls reaching high and topped with stone spikes and the odd Lion statue. it still has above the entrance the symbol of the empire, a Lion and Unicorn aside the coat of arms but of ...
Tourists enjoys the cool weather, the warm hospitality, the fresh
breeze, sun kissed hills, pine, oak and deodar trees and probably feel
envy of the locals.
... the wild animals like the tigers and bears. The only regret was that we had to forgo horse ridding due to short of time.
Some interesting facts:
- There are 103 tunnels in Shimla
- Bindra Studio is like a museum for hand colored potraits
- Shimla hosted Tibetan refugees and designated a place for them to trade
- I ordered chinese fried rice at the hotel and it was tasty