Shimla – Part 1

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I consider myself lucky to have been born and brought up for a large duration of my life in Shimla. For most, a frequented holiday spot, a sought after tourist destination , a place to get away from it all , for me home. All my reviews are based on personal interaction with the property and its various aspects.

There is a fair amount of criticism on Shimla now. Overcrowding , traffic is a mess , too much development and other typical tourist problems which crop up such as lack of accommodation at times , over charging  etc etc. But despite this it still remains as tempting as it ever was.

Most people, when they think of the place, tend to think of the Mall , roughly about a . 6 km walk on a slight incline with shops bustling on one side. Off roads from the mall are the ridge (excellent views) , lower Bazaar (the less fancy day to day item shops , wholesalers) and the tibetian bazaar ( on the ridge).¬† As a result anyone and everyone who stops in Shimla finds him or herself and take about a 100,000 such people with families and cars and the overcrowding problem “why” is solved.

While the Mall is a must see the actual beauty of the place has always been towards the outskirts. Most superficial tourists are content with the Mall and the bars and few photos with the monkeys and holding hands and thats it , but many a times have i had to console a genuine traveller on the “charm” factor.

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Heavy Rains Cut off Shimla

Anything to do with Shimla interests me and we havent made it onto the headlines as agressively as we have today ..and what a plot it is!!!

Torrential rains, cloudburst …… just the kind of weather i would love to be in at there! But coming back to the point, massive rainfall resulted in landslides all over the place closing down roads and disrupting the Kalka- Shimla toy train.

Anyone who knows the are would know that there are limited roads leading to Shimla, essentially one and if that gets blocked then one is looking at a total cut off atleast with regard to supplies and daily commodities. Traffic will be restored in about 24 hours or so.

The train station is a different story – the Kalka Shimla line was poised to entered into some kind of a heritaghe status (i forget the exact details) , and i hope this will not hinder it. The train was more of a toruis attraction than a vital transportation line so impact there will be next to none.

The station is the concern. Anyone who has taken this trip would agree with me on the that the stations are some of the cutest one would ever lay eyes on. The degree of the damage would govern whether the restored station retains it British- era charm or turns into a modern , no character , building.

The exact details of this event can be read on any of the news lines.