Hotel Himland East Shimla
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... splendid isolation, a rare treat in these parts, enjoying our meal and reading the morning newspaper!
Ashwami arrived promptly, as ever, to drive us to the station. We were in good time to catch the exotically named “Shatabdi Express” to Kalka where we were to change on to the famous “toy train” for the trip up the mountains to Shimla. Both legs of this journey were scheduled to take around 4 hours each. The express covered 150 miles in this ...
... to see that the city center is 100% smoke free, with a 200r fine for smoking ($4), and a 5000r fine for littering as well ($100). As the day went on we seemed to enjoy the town more and more, it is a mix of incredible Indian market streets and old colonial architecture. By the afternoon Naomi and I were both planning our move to Shimla. She will open a non-profit bookstore/yoga studio/rooftop café next door to my free clinic in town. My baking will of course be ...
... Israel, Germany and Malaysia during our stay.
We had been well warned by the hotel staff and also our friends about Monkey Harassment. And they were dead right. These guys may be cute but they were really aggressive and would steal anything you were wearing. Tourist savvy, they were amazingly smart and frighteningly human. Our hotel staff had warned us to keep the french doors leading onto our balcony closed as the monkeys had learned to raid the bar fridges ...
... was curious to know where we were from and whether we liked it here. Like it? We loved it here!
Eventually we reached Nirash, a quaint little village when it started drizzling and we reluctantly decided to head back to Chindi. The way back on most journeys like this, is very much faster than ...
We have until noon in Shimla. Time to look at the royal momentos.
And then, down the mountain road again. Half-way down, our worst nightmare becomes reality. In the middle of the road ahead is a vehicle with a newly-bashed-up front end, with locals rushing to help the driver. At the side, a couple of locals are looking forelornly down a 1,000-foot drop where a couple ...