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... to reach the hotel. The Eastbourne Hotel looks like a nice place. We arrive after 2pm. Adrian and I get showered and changed and meet up with Sue, Sarah and American John taking a taxi into Shimla. The town is built on a steep hill, the colourful houses clinging improbably, making a scenic sight. To get to the shopping area we need to take a lift up from the bottom of the hill, as its too far to walk and cars aren't allowed. Its only ...
... chilly 5 degrees C - all of our blankets etc were put to use and Ian even demanded his bed socks! We take a walk around the main shopping and commercial district at the top of the ridge. Shimla was developed in the mid-1850s as a summer residence for the British colonial Raj - the small cog train was used to move the main bureaucrats and their families to Shimla to escape the heat of the plains whilst all of the paperwork arrived via mule! As such ...
... I imagine it would have been fairly high class camping. Nowadays Shimla is a big city rather than a hill station. I am reminded of Edinburgh, the hilly streets and the stunning setting. I am staying at Clarkes Hotel which was the first property owned by Mr Oberoi who went on to establish a global chain. I walked along the Mall to the legendary Cecil Hotel, also an Oberoi property and stopped for tea & scones. Well, it seemed rude not ...
... The older ones are representing themselves. He now features on a milion facebook pages and has the following of everyone in Rajestan and Himashel Pradesh. Arrive at Kalka after 4 hours and get on toy train. One of the masterpieces of British railwaying, it wanders 98 K into the mountains over a million stone via ducts and a zillion tunnels goind back and forth through switch backs. One tunnel is 1.1 KM long. Don't think comfort here, ...