Shimla Journals

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A May 1999 trip to Shimla by Megha

Quote: Shimla, the capital of the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh was the 'summer capital' of British India. It is one of India's most important hill stations. It is at an altitude of 2130 meters. Shimla sprawls along a crescent- shaped ridge with its suburbs clinging to the slopes.

Cool getaway.

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Overview

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The journey uphill by train is a memorable experience. We took the Kalka- Howrah Mail at Delhi and reached Kalka , a little North of Chandigarh. At Kalka we boarded the Himalayan Queen. The narrow-gauge trip to Shimla takes nearly 6 hours. It is great fun as the little train winds its way around mountains. In Shimla, one can join an organised bus tour which the Government of Himachal Pradesh conducts everyday to see Shimla and the places around. You can also engage a taxi and look around independently without the restriction of time as there is so much of natural beauty and you wouldn't want to rush about in a hurry. Quick Tips: For changing money the best bet would be Punjab National ...Read More

Indian Coffee House

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Restaurant | "Indian Coffee House."

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Indian Coffee House is a chain of hotels, which usually serve South Indian fare. We were yearning for crispy Dosas so we just popped in to wolf down the evergreen favorite. For those who don't know what a Dosa is, it is a South Indian snack made with rice and lentils and fried like a pancake. It is usually served with Chutney [made with coconut and green chilies] and Sambar[made with tamarind, onions and pulses].

It was not tasty as we expected but at least it was not too oily. Indian Coffee House is not a fancy place. A quick snack here and you are ready to walk for miles! For those not willing to walk, Shimla is not the place for you.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

Indian Coffee House
The Mall
Shimla, India

The Mall

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Attraction | "The Mall."

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The most important spot where tourists throng for a spot of shopping or just to while away the time gazing at the magnificent view or just to 'people watch'. The latter is what most do. The British had banned vehicles as well as Indians till World War 1. Even today vehicles cannot ply on this long and picturesque road. The legacy of the British era is seen in the stately, English-looking buildings lining the Mall like Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the Viceroyal Lodge which is now known as the Rashtrapathi Niwas. The beautiful view from the Ridge on Mall road is breathtaking. You can see snow capped peaks and green valleys. From the ridge the streets fall away steeply. The local bazaars,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

The Mall
Along the ridge
Shimla, India

Jakhu Temple

Attraction | "Jakhu Temple."

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A pleasant 45 min. walk from The Mall takes you to the highest point of the Shimla ridge. It is at an altitude of 2544 meters. Here is the Jakhu temple, dedicated to Hanuman, the monkey God of the Hindu pantheon. There are appropriately many monkeys prancing around and beware some of them are ferocious!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 20, 2001

Jakhu Temple
Highest point of the Shimla Ridge
Shimla, India

Kufri

Attraction | "Kufri."

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This is a famous ski resort but of course the skiing season is only in winter, from January to march. It is 16 kms. from Shimla and is at an altitude of 2501m. Since we were there in the summer we didn't see any snow but the scenery was so green and lush that whenever I close my eyes I can remember in vivid detail.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2001

Kufri
16 kms from Shimla
Shimla, India

Chail

Attraction | "Chail."

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The drive to Chail is a memorable experience. Tall deodar trees and the crisp mountain air indeed makes your spirits soar. You can stop to gaze at the breathtaking view as well as to click photographs of yourself in the traditional Himachal Pradesh costume. There are many people renting a costume for Rs. 50.

Chail was once the summer capital of the princely state of Patiala. The palace is now converted into a luxurious hotel. Chail is at an altitude of 2250m. Interestingly Chail sports the highest cricket pitch in the world. Another British legacy?!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2001

Chail
45 kms from Shimla
Shimla, India

Fagu

Attraction | "Fagu."

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Another ski resort, of course in Winter. Other times especially in Spring and Summer you can enjoy the spectacular view. Vehicles are allowed only till a certain point. From there you have to walk or go an horseback. Feeling adventurous we decided on the latter and was it scary!! The terrain was quite rugged and so it felt like you are going to tumble down the slope horse and all. But the horses are trained and nothing like that ever happened. After drinking in the view you can have a cup of ginger tea or try the tasty Parathas [Indian bread ] served with spicy curry or plain yoghurt in the small roadside shops which dot this spot. For the really adventurous, yak rides are a must. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2001

Fagu
22 kms from Shimla
Shimla, India