Snow King Retreat
Travel Blogs from Shimla
... a four-lane road until we reach the border between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, where we stop to pay a toll. The climb immediately becomes more dramatic, the road more winding, and the incessant passing (and honking) around blind curves more white-knuckle inducing! Before long we stop at a hilltop restaurant with a gorgeous view for a final "Continental" menu before we head into the hinterlands where menu options will be limited to Indian cuisine. ...
... A staff of 800, including 40 gardeners were employed here at any one time. The surrounding lawns, gardens and terraces formed part of a 331 acre estate which was later extended.
Mainly used for the entertainment of the Viceroys, the Lodge also witnessed many events of historical importance. In the struggle for Indian Independence and the negotiations which led to Partition, crucial meetings took place here. And indeed in 1947 the documents for Indian Partition ...
... and after partition it continued to be the summer capital of the Indian Punjab for another ten years. Along the shops of the Mall Road, no beggars, and no touts. Two nice locals who politely asked if they could show us anything, which anywhere else in India would have been the opening line for "I can show you a store . . ." No, they were just being friendly.
In hindsight, the fourth of our four high spots of the trip. Even if we were crazy not to turn back at ...
... so ideal to ones dream destination, no one on site and a ton of
unexplored natural beauty. You can have egg, toast and their self
claimed famous (?) cutlets with a cup of tea thinking and thinking that
why this bloody cutlet is so famous?
Though we were dissappointed not to be able to visit Kashmir due to curfew, to replace it with Shimla was a good choice.
We took a train from New Delhi to Kalka and transfered to Shimla by the "Toy Train". The view was beautiful and it was a refreshing experience to travel along the winding mountainous trail & tunnels. However, our excitement stopped short because the engine of ...
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