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... of British rule. For the height of summer they used to move the whole of government from Delhi to Shimla, which is at 2100m and is much cooler. It has many grand buildings which are mostly now in a state of decay, with little or no maintenance done. Once checked in we all set off for a walk along the Mall which snakes along the steep hillside with little shops along much of it. Shimla clings to the hillsides in a way that makes Wellington look flat. We stopped at a little food ...
... Another interesting encounter was in Mall Street, where a young teenage Indian boy ran up to us with a huge smile and shook our hands, almost curtsying as he did this, and ran off. 2mins after this, the same boy approached us from behind and hugged us. I can only imagine him running back to his mates at a later stage and being like: "yho boytjies, I hugged two western girls today". Bizarre, but part of this experience I guess. Later, we were approached by a young ...
Arrived at Kalka from Delhi on one of the best trains I've been on. The Shadabdi Express Train.
At Kalka I switched trains on the the meter gauge line that makes its way into the hills. The train is known as the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train. The tiny train clunks its way slowly up the track winding through Kalka steadily getting higher and higher. Soon there are big valley views and great countryside. An hour and a half into the ride the train comes to ...
... to the top). We didn't stay long and walked
back close behind a family carrying sticks to ward off monkeys.
Our hotel room happened to have a tv in it which had sports channels so
when it began to rain again, I have to confess that we shut ourselves in
to watch Wimbledon in the bright British sunshine while nursing gin and
tonics in our small hotel room with the rain drumming on the roof, it
... at that time for breakfast was almost impossible with the exception of Indian – so curry for breakfast it was!! We wander along The Ridge where the buildings look like they are from Scotland; a Catholic church which conducts mass still in English, the post office and police buildings are so colonial it's like being back at home. It seems really different again to anywhere else we have been; they have rubbish bins, it's clean, bits are pedestrianized and it has non ...