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... the thrilling Indian “freestyle” driving technique this meant plenty of overtaking around the outside of huge trucks whilst negotiating horrendous hair pin bends. Somehow we survived the terrifying but stunningly attractive drive and arrived, as the sun set, in Shimla.
Shimla is a unique place and reflects the 100 years or so of British rule in India. During the steamy hot summers the whole paraphernalia of the civil service would abandon the plains and ...
... to go for a good walk. Returned to Shimla and surprised the locals by walking up into town rather than use the lift. They were very helpful pointing out the best ways up. Had a good look round the shops, bit like Oxford St but with much smaller shops! Starting to get cold now that sun is going so we are heading back to hotel for a ...
... by Lord Mountbatten, Mahatma Ghandi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohammed Ali Jinnah in one of the Lodge rooms.
Partition resulted in the dissolution of the British Indian Empire and the end of the British Raj. The country was divided into the Dominions of Pakistan (which was intended as a home for the Muslim population) and India, and the geological division of the Bengal Province into East Bengal which became part of the Dominion of Pakistan, later to secede in 1971 ...
... from a Hollywood movie where a car insanely passes, meets disaster, and goes over the cliff. No guard rails, 1,000-foot drops beyond useless little stanchions.
Instead of our day in Shimla, we have one evening. Hardly worthwhile? Well, yes, it was. An incredible place. Built into the Himalayan foothills, like nowhere else in India. The previous month they had snow.
For a start, our hotel was built in 1938 by the Raja of Jubbal, an art deco ...
... in front of the truck seemingly now at point 22. All of sudden my world changed. When people talk of the aromatic essence of India, and the assault on the rest of your senses when coming to India, this was my moment. Not more than 15 k’s after the town the road opened up , well paved, wide and to top it off beautiful riding weather. There were monkeys frivolously attacking each other on the side of the road and taunting the local dogs by throwing rocks at them ...