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Exchange words with Nature on Shimla Tour

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off on Exchange words with Nature on Shimla Tour

Holiday in Shimla is all about fun, peace and relaxation.

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Tourists especially embark on a Shimla tour to spend a relaxing vacation and to enjoy an escape from the scorching heat.

My immense desire to travel to hills took me on a Shimla tour. I took along my friend Matheu with me on the trip and we went on exploring the “Queen of Hills”.

As we boarded train from Old Delhi, it took us overnight to reach Shimla. We kept our luggage in the already booked hotel room and went off to take rest in the comfy ambience. After some time, we were ready to go on Shimla sightseeing after filling our stomach with scrumptious breakfast.

With snow-covered Shivalik mountains, apple orchards and pine forests, Shimla just took away my heart. The stunning hill station, sprawled over 12 km on a crescent shaped ridge, Shimla is simply marvellous.

Jakhu Temple was the first tourist attraction in Shimla that we visited. Lying on Jakhu hill, it requires an hour challenging trek to the temple.

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The temple has legends attached to it, which says that Lord Hanuman rested at the place during his journey to Himalayas for Sanjivani Booti. Aggressive monkeys were surrounding the temple and get tempted to see the food items. We kept our eatable in bag to refrain from the attack of monkeys.

Next on our Shimla trip, we moved on to see the Christ Church, consecrated in the year 1846. The Church boasts of being the second oldest in North India. Adorned with an imposing Victorian architecture, the church has an impressive interior as well.

Another imposing structure that we visited was the Viceregal Lodge in Shimla. It is a mansion, built in 1888 for Lord Dufferin. This 100 years old building still retains its old world charm. Our Shimla travel enables us to enjoy the view of sunset at the place, enveloped by British style gardens.

We also visited Tara Devi Temple that lie 11 km from the town. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, the temple offers peaceful ambience and forms an important part of Shimla tourism.

As Matheu wanted to buy some souvenirs for his family, he took me to the Mall. It was truly a hub of merriment with shops, a heritage theater and restaurants. He picked some good woollen stuff for family members and we visited a good restaurant where we relished South Indian cuisine.

From there, we went on to visit Kufri. The reason was to enjoy Skiing in Kufri. Based on our experience, I can say that Kufri is a great place for skiing.

The tour ended but the delightful memories occupied my mind.

Day 1: Shimla- One Can never Get Enough Of It!

Posted on November 12th, 2009 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Day 1: Shimla- One Can never Get Enough Of It!

At an unearthly hour my phone rang. I reluctantly dragged myself

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out of the deep dreamless slumber to receive the call. It was Monika, a friend of mine who I affectionately call ‘my travel comrade’. She is one person in my entire social network who inhabits my world ( a world overflowing with the passion of traveling). Before I could even finish saying ‘what happened, everything alright’ she interrupted in between and said “I and some of my friends are going to Shimla next week. I am sure you are coming”. Her ‘am sure’ clearly reflects how well she knows me. Of course, my answer was ‘yes’.

The next thought that crossed my mind was ‘what about the boss’? Well here I am not talking about taking my boss along (the only thing I like about him is  the presence of his absence). The question was how to ask for 5 days leave. Anyway I was sure I will somehow manage to open up my boss’s Buddhahood, as these five days were the steps for me to Nirvana. For me traveling is tantamount to Nirvana.

After a not-so-bad journey by car, we a group of 7 people ( Monika, Tahir, Shakeel, Sanjog, Abhishek, Deepika and me) reached Shimla, the Queen of Hill Stations at around 8:30 pm. We were booked in the Clark’s hotel, which is one of the finest hotels in Shimla.

Post breakfast, we set out walking towards mall road and enjoyed the healthy and soothing environment of Shimla to the hilt. How much we crave for such a pollution free environment in Delhi. It is a perfect place to unwind.

Our first halt was Mall Road, the main shopping street of Shimla.

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The interesting thing about it is that no vehicles are allowed on this road, which allows tourists and locals to move about easily and freely. It was constructed during the British rule. It is lined with many showrooms, departmental stores, restaurants, stalls and emporiums. This is the best place to shop for the colorful handicrafts of Himachal Pradesh. From beautiful shawls to pottery items, all are available here.

Post lunch we headed for our next destination, the Ridge Road, which runs east to west alongside the Mall Road. On its east side it leads to Lakkar Bazaar, a wooden craft market. The Ridge Road offers mesmerizing views of the majestic mountains. Other attractions here are the neo-Gothic structure of Church dating back to 1844 and a tudorbethan styled library built in 1910.

In case you wish to get photographed in a typical Himachali dress, colorful traditional dresses are available here on rent. After a lot of struggle to choose the best one for myself, I found an attractive fiery red dress. Deepika chose maroon. The experience was overwhelming.