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A Quick trip to Shimla

Dinesh Wagle in Shimla

No prize for spotting me. Pic by Gokul Dahal

Shimla is a town of Monkeys who behave like Monkeys. But I will keep this album free of monkeys. I present here the atmosphere of the town- crowds and buildings- as I saw it.

During my two-year stay in Delhi as a reporter I traveled to most of the famous ‘hill stations’ in north India. Here’s the list: Darjeeling, Shillong, Mussoorie, Manali and Gangtok. Somehow I hadn’t found time to go to Shimla. I had imagined the place to be not drastically different from other hilly Indian towns. But some descriptions that I had come across (can’t remember the exact one at the moment) had put this place slightly ahead of others in the beauty contest of ‘queens of hills’. May be some political events (like the Shimla Agreement) provided some importance (and glamour) to the place. I also wanted to experience the toy train of Shimla (and wanted to compared it with similar one in Darjeeling). Continue reading

Kodaikanal and Bicycling

July 7: We arrived here late yesterday (10 pm) and after a quick haggling with a tout and the owner, we slept in a lodge. We had planned to wake up early in the morning but were understandably too tired to do so (re: Alleppey-Madhurai overnight general compartment train journey and four hour bus trip to KK from Madhurai). We woke up at 9 and after shower, went out for the tour. Hired bicycles and went around the town and the lake with 5 km circuit for four hours. Many Churches. Place is somewhat like other Indian hill stations like Mussoorie and Darjeeling. Big basti right on the hill. Continue reading