Shimla Journals

Shimla 2012 Part 2

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An October 2012 trip to Shimla by koshkha

The Sub Post Office Photo, Shimla, India More Photos
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The Mall

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Attraction | "The Mall - seeing and being seen"

The Sub Post Office Photo, Shimla, India
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The Mall is Shimla's car-free, pedestrian-only road which stretches from Scandal Point near the Ridge down a gentle slope towards Chhota Shimla. Whilst many great European cities – especially in the south – have a strong heritage of the evening ‘promenade’, it’s not something you often see in India. Mind you, it’s not something you see in England too much either so the origins of the desire to walk up and down, to see and be seen, are not clear to me. The Mall is not a place to ‘do’ things – it’s much more a place to wander, to promenade, too look in shop windows and look up at the architecture imported straight from the Home Counties of England and to soak up the atmosphere of the city. S...Read More

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The Mall
Along the ridge
Shimla, India

The Ridge

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Attraction | "Views, Ponies and Dead Dignitaries"

Kids love a ride on the Ridge Photo, Shimla, India
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Shimla has two very famous roads. The most famous is the Mall and the second is arguably the Ridge. The two roads meet at Scandal Point where a uniformed police officer or soldier (I’m not well up on identifying the uniforms) keeps watch over the proceedings from what looks like a miniature bandstand. The Ridge has the distinction of being one of the few places in Shimla that’s almost flat. Walking to it from Scandal Point, passing the Town Hall and the Theatre Complex, you will go up a slight slope but once you’re on the large open space it’s as flat as you can get in this mountain town. This flatness makes it a magnet for many of the activities that just don’t work so well on a slope, mo...Read More

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Gaiety Theatre

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Attraction | "The Gaiety Tour Part One"

Gaiety Theatre Photo, Shimla, India
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If you have seen Michael Palin's excellent series about his journeys through the Himalaya, you'll maybe have an idea why we keep going back again and again to experience the mountains. One of my favourite episodes is the one where Palin goes to Shimla to soak up the atmosphere of old English gentility and performs in the Gaiety Theatre. On our first trip to Shimla about six years ago, we saw most of the attractions in the city centre but I was left with a niggling sense that I'd missed something important. Despite wandering up and down the Mall and all around the centre, I hadn't seen the Gaiety Theatre and being a typical Brit abroad, I didn't ask anyone. This time I was delighted when we were walkin...Read More

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Gaiety Theatre
The Mall
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Gaiety Theatre

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Attraction | "The Gaiety Tour Part Two"

Gaiety Theatre Photo, Shimla, India
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We started the tour in the theatre where we learned about the restoration work, about the famous people who'd acted there (including Baden-Powell and Rudyard Kipling) and about how important the place had been to the local community. Our guide was one of the most interesting and understandable we've ever had in India and we really enjoyed the stories he told us. He explained about how the building was heated during the freezing winter conditions, how the stage sets were worked, about why the trap door no longer works (someone fell through it and it had to be blocked up) and about who sat where within the building. There were three large 'boxes' with the best views of the stage. The central one was for...Read More

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Gaiety Theatre
The Mall
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The Embassy

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Restaurant | "If only all Embassies were this Diplomatic"

It's hard to spot the entrance Photo, Shimla, India
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The Embassy in Shimla is something very special. It’s one of those places that sticks in the memory, that lingers as a uniquely ‘different’ place and which you will inevitably try to find again when you go back to the city. I can’t claim to understand it, but I love it none the less. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it and if someone attempted to reproduce it elsewhere, it probably wouldn’t work. I asked if it was a philosophy but the owner insisted it wasn’t. "We are not about philosophy", he said, "we are just trying to educate". More of that later.The first challenge is to find it. On our first visit a few years back we stumbled in off the street without any particular idea of what w...Read More

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