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And the scenery was just spectacular. We had driven this route on the bus in the dark so we were seeing it all for the first time. It reminded us both of our trip through the Himalayas a few years ago when we went from Kathmandu to Pokhara in Nepal.
The journey to Shimla took us 8 1/2 hours and the distance was only 240 km (around 180 miles).
When you consider the state of the roads however, i surprised we did it that quick.
We saw ...
... we came across the Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Gardens. This was a huge mansion where the British Viceroy used to live during the summer. It also looked a lot like Wayne Manor from Batman! Inside the mansion, we enjoyed a guided tour of the mansion's grand impressive rooms. The mansion was now home to the Institute of Advanced Studies, where you needed a minimum of a Phd to study there!
... in our book but all above the £4 that we have been accustomed to paying so we put our trust in a moustached tout at the train station. It didn't pay off the first night we had to fight off monkeys who managed to open the windows in our room from the outside!! Hanuman is literally on top of our roof and food chain if were not careful. So we move rooms after pressure from boggy we got a mega deluxe room for the same price as the monkey nursery. We decide to be ...
... India felt middle-class.
And of course, Little Britain would not be complete without a little British weather. When the drizzle passed, the views of the surrounding alpine forests were spectacular.
All in all, Shimla was a bit odd. The Indian Coffee House on the high street was no exception. Stepping in there was like stepping back in ...
... marriage was a useful fall-back for him, and both him and his wife understand the tradition so they cannot really complain that this was forced upon them.
Anyway about 4pm I gave up waiting and got on a normal bus instead, which arrived in Shimla about 9pm. I don't know why I waited for the deluxe bus anyway - I didn't need the a/c or the extra comfort; I think I just decided to wait as an exercise in patience!