Woke up to unseasonal rain, wind and no visibility! Layers of clothing required, including our Rock Choir T-shirt! Raja, our charming guide, took us first to the Vice Regal Lodge! Built over 4 years by the British Raj & completed in 1888. The Lodge contains polished brass fire hydrants imported from Manchester! That fact especially for you Stuart :-) The lodge was furnished with massive amounts of Burmese teak - hence the hydrants!
Shimla was once the centre of power for the whole of the Indian sub-continent. The agreement for the Independence of India was negotiated here.
Even in the miserable weather we managed to get a glimpse of fresh snow in the high Himalayas, only 45 km away as the crow flies. The visited the Himachal State Museum which was quite simple, the Mughal paintings being the most fascinating exhibits.
In the afternoon visited The Mall and Christ Church which is most interesting for British military personnel memorials. This very British church looks so incongruous even amongst the Victorian mock Tudor buildings! We made our first purchase of 2 beautiful shawls. We meandered through the back streets of the Lower Bazaar with ramshackle shops but at no time felt unsafe.
After the mandatory G&T (we do have 2 bottles to get through!) we ate in a local veggie restaurant. Ordered far too much and although truly delicious ended up kindly donating our leftovers to 4 hungry backpackers.