Whistling Pines Resort
Travel Blogs from Shimla
... Keva or "Kahva" as the local people say, almond, almond oil and saffron (if possible one could buy saffron from a place famous for saffron en route Srinagar, at around an hour before entering Srinagar one can see hoards of shops and outlets selling saffron or Kesar).
In the evening we explored the local market of Srinagar and enjoyed a ride of "Shikara" (the rates are mentioned on a board alongside the lake).
The restaurant "The Mughal Darbar" near the ...
... humming with mainly Indian tourists. Everything is perched overlooking the hillside, and there is a lift taking pedestrians from the lower to upper mall. We, of course, walked all of them and I still a have some lungs left to curse the Brit who thought that Shimla would be a great place for a summer retreat.
Aside from the malls, Shimla boasts the lovely, yellow St Michael's Cathedral which is perched on Ridge Road, a ...
... in our book but all above the £4 that we have been accustomed to paying so we put our trust in a moustached tout at the train station. It didn't pay off the first night we had to fight off monkeys who managed to open the windows in our room from the outside!! Hanuman is literally on top of our roof and food chain if were not careful. So we move rooms after pressure from boggy we got a mega deluxe room for the same price as the monkey nursery. We decide to be ...
... looming and had to get a tuk-tuk to the metro station as the rain began. This was the beginning of the monsoon, which was running late. Emerging at the end of the journey the ticket office was under several inches of water which highlighted the unintentional wisdom of wearing sandals that day! The station road was knee deep in water - I hope the parked cars had good door seals. Some areas had lost power so wading had to be done carefully. I saw a few ...
... and Kamaljit from Delhi. Kamaljit was a plump turbanned Sikh doctor, originally from Amritsar, and the very beautuful Bader, from a Moslem background in Saharanpur, worked to help disadvantaged people.
After an evening stroll, we all sat together in the gallery, Kamaljit shozing us film of himself paragliding at Birm one of his hobbies, and the other keen interest, bird photography. In Dharamsala his driver had been mauled by a bear but luckily survived. ...
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