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Day 22: October 23rd: R & R at Shimla

A day exploring Shimla, and a stroll along the Mall and afternoon tea on the Ridge at Scandal Corner !

sunny 24 °C

After the incredible thunder and lightning of last night, the dawn broke with a clear sky. After a very pleasant breakfast, with very attentive staff, it was off to explore Shimla.

Shimla is located in the Western Himalayas. From a small village it became the ‘Summer Capital’ of British India, and from those heights almost one-fifth of the of the population of the world was ruled for over a century. Shimla has a great colonial history, this is also reflected in its architecture and culture, with some very splendid buildings. Shimla is now the state capital of the Himachel Pradesh.

As I am updating my travel blog, I have received a most welcomed phone call from the UK, Alex and Susan. My emails and blogs have been getting through. They were most concerned about my adventures or was it ‘mis-adventure’? Family is there when you need them, “God Bless you All”.

During my very pleasant day exploring Shimla, including The Mall and The Ridge, including ‘Scandal Corner’, I visited St.Michael’s Catholic Cathedral. Here I spoke to Father Ignatius and a very nice church lady, from Kerala. I told Father about my adventures and family links with India. We then went into a special building where the church feed the very poor and needy people of the area. What a great thing the church does?

I then visited Shimla Railway Station to book my ticket from Shimla to Kalka, and from there I pick up the main line back to Delhi. It will be an early start tomorrow, up at 6am, train station for 7.30, and then train leaves at 8.30 for Kalka. This is the famous “Viceroy’s Toy Train”, one of twenty mountain railways in the world, and five are in India. It will take five hours to reach Kalka, and then from there, the 300km train journey to Delhi.

It’s time to pack some gear away, have dinner, relax and have an early night. The journey continues!

Posted by Mike Casey 07:58 Archived in India

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