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Things changed dramatically for Shimla when the Scottish civil servant Charles Kennedy built his summer home in Shimla in 1822. When the British arrived here there was nothing but wilderness and climate and surroundings which reminded them of their home, Shimla was soon developed into the official summer capital of the Raj in 1864. It is now one of the ...
... necessary. You will be glad to hear that it wasn't necessary. The strongest piece of advice was not to eyeball the monkeys as they see it as a challenge and go in to attack mode. (We can’t help singing… 'won’t you take me to… monkey town’).
Shimla is beautiful. The temperature is cool up here. We have been sitting in the grounds of the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies, which was once the residence of the Viceroy of India and the place where ...
... for one hour of internet access and Alex decides to go check out the environs. I’m blogging away and I hear a thump, turn around to see what it was and a monkey was coming straight at me. I was out the door faster than anyone has ever seen me move. Ragur, our guide in Agra said he has had monkeys in his house and they can be very destructive. Last time it happened his wife was screaming - the monkey took ...
... lodge. We knew it was up, up and up from the road. Shimla is steep with many shortcuts on steps and walking paths where cars can’t go, and the porter system has developed. We declined the porter’s offers and took a taxi to our lodge.
Spar’s staff met us as our taxi arrived and whisked our luggage away to our room, also a first in India. Taj Mahal was playing on the sound system in the cozy lodge. Not ...
... the heat of the
plains, Dev had arranged for us to stay at his sisters house. We paid
for room and board and shared life with a mother, two daughters and a
cousin. Much to their amusement, we promised to cook on the second
night. This was to prove quiet difficult as many of the ingredients
we are used to are hard to find in this part of the world. We ...