Legend Sarovar Portico
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And the scenery was just spectacular. We had driven this route on the bus in the dark so we were seeing it all for the first time. It reminded us both of our trip through the Himalayas a few years ago when we went from Kathmandu to Pokhara in Nepal.
The journey to Shimla took us 8 1/2 hours and the distance was only 240 km (around 180 miles).
When you consider the state of the roads however, i surprised we did it that quick.
We saw ...
... weird has happened. Last night it was fine, but this morning it is around 5 hours behind, almost exactly the time back home. Freaky eh! So between us there isn't a working watch (the curse my mother put on Martins' is still in force :) ). After a few hours of rest and a lot of sympathy, together with a bar of Cadburys Bournville, Martin feels up to venturing outside to see if we can get our batteries changed. We find a suitable place and ...
... from there. The bus ride was a long 6 hours. The scenery was quite beautiful the entire time. We just kept climbing and climbing and there were many winding and twisting roads. We made it into a cold and wet Shimla around 7:40 PM. We made our way to main street (the Mall as it's called) and started looking for a place to crash. We found a double room with shared bathroom at the YMCA for RS$410 (ouch). The good news is that it included breakfast. We dumped our stuff ...
... groups did try to walk out three days into our imprisonment, but they came back because numerous avalanches had made blocked the roads. Our days revolved around mealtimes. We would start off the day with a cup of chai and some cookies, and lunch would be rice and dal (beans) served around noon. Then some more chai, then dinner (more rice and dal), and then a cup of tea before we tried to go to sleep. Some people slept on ...
... about where everyone was, as darkness was approaching. After a cup of chai, Chello Baba, Surrendra, and I backtracked to find the group and to help them carry gear, to quicken their progress. A few hours later, what happened became clear: the cook and hotel man had taken a different path without checking and the young porters, fresh from the streets of Kullu, struggled with their jobs. Their struggles then became our struggles, ...