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The sun rose from behind the Jakhu hill and sunrays spread through the valley. Whole area got sunny in a few seconds. The deep blue sky forced me to leave my bed and come out to my balcony. It is peaceful. After two days of snow, in the month of March, today it looks like […]

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Masroor Rockcut Temple – The Himalayan Pyramid

Visit to Masroor rock-cut temple was an amazing experience for me. Twenty five years ago when I was studying tourism in Delhi University, that time, I had started browsing through the magazines giving information about most of the tourist destinations, mainly in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Every time I read about some destination, I […]

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Shimla Rumours from History

Scandal Point Shimla

Shimla rumours carries the flair of British era. The gestures and legacies left by them are the talk of the town. Coffee at Coffee House still gets cold over the hot discussions about the life style of the British era. The signs of British lifestyle which are scattered here in the shape of architecture, sealed […]

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Cloverly – An Interesting Old Story of Kalka Shimla Journey

clovery

Before the toy-train appeared on the scene, the journey from Kalka to Shimla was always a challenge for the British. Although the road to Shimla had been built in 1856 that immediately earned popularity among the travelers but the old road still remained in use till the early decades of twentieth century. Gradually the walking […]

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Shimla Heritage Walk – A walk to the history of rich British Heritage

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

A variety in Architecture Bantony is a marvel in itself and provides a look of an old English House. Alas ! the building, presently, is going through a bad phase. Its outhouse next to it is really struggling to survive as there is no attention being paid to. This building is a watermark on Shimla’s […]

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Trekking in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

The most famous trek for the beginners is Sham Trek or generally known as Baby Trek in Ladakh region. If you are interested in going to a short leisurely walk for 3 to 4 days with an extension to some sightseeing of the other areas of Ladakh then this is the best option. June to […]

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Coutts Garden in Shimla

Couts Garden

How much do we know about Alexander Coutts, the tailor to the Viceroy – Lord Dufferin. Coutts, perhaps or perhaps not form the Coutts family in England who runs Coutts Bank but he left a mark of his presence in Shimla Hills by establishing a fruit orchard here. Alexander Coutts introduced the English variety of […]

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Shimla Walks – the best and the worst

Shimla Walks

Rhododendrons in the hills are in full bloom. The snow peaks at the distance to the North of Shimla are clearly visible. Deep blue sky leaves a different impact on me. Here breaks the day and the light begins to enter my room through my window. The laughing thrush tweets on the oaks and a […]

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Braithwaites in Shimla – Looking for their Roots

7th October 2013, I walked to Hotel Clarkes in Shimla to meet my clients Mr. & Mrs. Braithwaite with their first names as Allan and Pat. Allan’s father was a forester and his Maternal Grandfather was the Home Minister to the Viceroy of India. He stayed in Shimla from 1936 till 1945. Alan’s parents were […]

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