Toshali Royal View
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We left McLeod Ganj at 10am which was a far more civilised time than the buses at 5am and 6am,
We had opted for the luxury of our own driver as this also gave us the option to stop whenever we wanted to for food/drinks/washroom/leg stretches/photographs.
Almost as soon as we left McLeod Ganj which mean dropping 500m, it stopped raining and the sun shone on us for the first time properly in days.
As we dropped lower and lower it got warmer ...
... Sabha Gurdwara, the Ram Mandir and the Shiv Mandir temples in the Middle Bazaar.
... take place in the biggest photo shoot yet. Boggy goes with the men and boys i go with the girls and wives and then numerous group shots. We're making such a ruckus the security guard, who has a rifle and a red bandana, shouts at us in Hindi to be quiet. I sneak up the stairs and silently get everyone into one photo which I'm proud of! Inside the building its so British the outside seems alien. Grand entrance hall, high ceilings and chandeliers to boot. We're explained in ...
... Despite the small fine we weren't game to do it :).
The town has also banned plastic bags. There are none around mind you it doesn't mean there is no rubbish lying around. Shimla is the cleanest town we've seen so far and the locals seem quite proud of this.
Our guide Raju (not his real name) was very helpful in obtaining a sim card for us to use. We had to go to two shops, one for the sim and ...
... in over built up Shimla. We were the only guests here that day, either the 'season' had not yet set in – or perhaps The Peterhoff is not close enough to the Mall! I was glad we had chosen to stay here.
Annandale is one of the nicer areas of Shimla. Our ...