Hotel Himland East Shimla
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... The plan was to catch the train to Kalka from which we would change trains to the toy train for the ride up the mountain. However, the one from Delhi was running late, 1 1/2 hrs, & we weren't sure if the toy train would wait. Luckily it did, but left Kalka about 2hrs late. The Kalka-Shimla railway is a narrow gauge railway which travels along a mostly mountainous route. The train line is 96.5kms long & was ...
... our carriage and onto out seats (not to mention the ENDLESS staring!) Our next worry was booking accommodation in Delhi. Our train was due to arrive at a small station 12kms away from Delhi. With no internet we had to use our lonely planet guide to find a number of a hostel/ hotel. Annoyingly, the LPG only had the numbers of rather expensive hotels listed for Delhi and none of the budget hostels we were used to. We settled for the cheapest of ...
... shopping street, but when the British occupied India, this street was off limits for "natives". We had the choice of shopping for awhile and having our drivers come get us, or shop and walk back to the Hotel. The walk was very appealing to us, especially after time in the car yesterday and our big lunch.
Back at the Oberoi by 5, shower and personal time until dinner at 8. Today is Cynthia's birthday, and I think Devendra ordered a cake.
... to Shimla bus.
We had a tough ride;
* We caught the Manali bound bus at 6:10AM on the main square of McLeod and got off at the Dharamsala bus station - no problem.
* From Dharamsala, we hopped on a bus that they said was for Shimla. As the bus drove out of the station, we showed our tickets and discovered they were for a different bus and were not transferable.... We had to climb on top of the bus ...
... signed India's independence with Gandhi, a small theatre, (youtube Michael Palin), a monkey temple complete with wild monkeys, and 'The Indian Coffee House' dating back to 1957, for people watching and respecting the sign above the till........."If convenient please speak slowly".
Having relaxed for afew days it was onto the final leg, and Delhi and Agra for the Taj ...