Trip Start Jun 24, 2007
Trip End Jul 17, 2007

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

We caught an early morning train from the New Delhi Railway Station, just accross the street, to Kalka at the base of the Himalayas, where we connected to the narrow guage Kalka-Shimla railway;  a.k.a "the toy train". The toy train was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  It represents the huge British aversion to the summertime heat of Delhi.  Shimla was the summer capital of the British colonial government situated at a much cooler elevation of 2000 meters above sea level.  The train passes through something like 106 tunnels in its 100km length and 800+ bridges.  It is a monumental engineering feat.

Shimla is very popular with Indian tourists for the same reason it was popular with the British; it offers the novelty of being able to don a sweater in July.  As some of the few white people in Shimla, we were popular photo subjects.  We spent two nights in Shimla at the Hotel Victory, delayed slightly by my developing Delhi belly.  We visited the Jakhu Temple, dedicated to Hanuman the monkey God.  We were warned by signs on our way up the hill to remove our glasses and sunglasses to avoid having them snatched by the macaques that are residents of the temple.  We met one unfortunate Indian tourist who had fallen victim.  We spent what must have been a couple of hours sitting in the main town square near the colonial era Christ Church, just watching the colorful people.  The police wore some kink of cloth topknot that made them look like puffed up roosters.

On the second morning, we caught a "luxury" long-distance bus to Kullu.
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