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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 ...
... the hills without any fuss. Being a Saturday, maybe the trucks weren't up early at 8am like us? Well it took us only two hours to get to the outskirts of Shimla and then another hour to travel about 2 kms - 10am is work rush hour and we just had to sit and edge our way slowly to the actual town site of Old Shimla.
Dad would hate to see what has happened, in the pursuit of progress, to his beloved to home town. There is a ...
... branchlets.The leaves are needle-like, they vary from bright green to blue-green in colour.
After we returned to the hotel and had a rest, we decided to go for a walk about on to the Mall Road. The road is lined with shops selling everything you could want and many things you don't.
We opted for an ice cream cone, and slowly sauntered back to our hotel for the evening.
PHOTOS TO FOLLOW. The first minor highlight of my trip was finding that Nigel Mansell was on the same flight out of Jersey, don't think I've seen him in person before. My international flights involved a change in Dubai where it was 35c at midnight! It was like stepping under one of those heaters you get in shop doorways. Arriving tired in Delhi I found that I couldn't get any cash out - not a good situation at all. Luckily I had 320 rupees (about 4 ...
... some of my films and photos too, until a power cut put us in darkness and led to my laptop battery running out. No candles around and our little residence had been deserted and locked up. Still, we could talk in the dark. Interestingly, Bader awaited a marriage proposal from Kamaljit that after years of dating was not forthcoming. She wanted children and was already thirty, he older. This was an issue and he was aware of it but was not relenting.