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Sep 27, 2016 - Shimla, Himalayas - Inde

Lien à l'album en ligne pour Shimla / Link to the online photo album for Shimla: https://goo.gl/photos/EXePkc7Wsvp4m6wa8 Les trois prochaines mises-à-jours traitent de nos arrêts au pieds des Himalayas. On parle ici de routes montagneuses, sommets enneigés et de villages berbères. Aurevoir les 40C de Delhi pour un confortable 20C le jour et plus frais le soir. Shimla avec ses cafés de rues, églises de pierres blanches et centre-ville piétonnier ressemblait plus à un village de montagne européen qu'à une ville indienne. Notre guide Pradeed...

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Jun 9, 2015 - 8 June 2015 - Shimla

A 6.15am start on Monday morning to catch the train from Delhi to Chandigarh. At this time of the morning the roads were fairly quiet, the temperature hot and steamy but not overwhelmingly so and the station was not too chaotic, and we found our seats with no problem. We were in Chandigarh by 11.30am and transferred to our air conditioned (sometimes) bus - very unDragoman like! On the way to Shimla we had the opportunity to ride on the Kalka - Shimla toy train, a narrow gauge railway which snakes its way up into the mountains through 103...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Free time in Shimla

Much better weather so met Raju at 10 to trek up to The Jakhu Temple of Hunaman, the Monkey God. Challenging at times due to the altitude, at 2500 m high. Macaque monkeys in evidence everywhere & the temple overrun by them. Before entering the temple removed shoes & washed hands. After hearing the tale of Hunaman we rang the bell for good luck and received a blessing from the monk. We treated the monkeys with caution as they can be aggressive. Although Raju did feed them with some dried chick peas. Another climb took us to the highest point...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Explore Shimla

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...

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Oct 13, 2014 - To Shimla

We could write lots about history but hope you enjoy hearing about our adventures! A very early start to catch the Shatabdi Express to Chandigarh. Two wake up calls (6 am & 6.10 am!) followed by knock on door to be told we were late! Misinformation!! Mad rush, collected packed breakfast. Frantic journey to Delhi railway station. Traffic horrendous - everything we had been told! All of Delhi seemed to be at the station. Put on a train which seemed very basic. Minutes later our panic stricken rep reappeared, hustled us on to our train. We...

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Feb 13, 2013 - Shimla, redirected from Kashmir

We had to fly from Jaipur to Delhi, collect our bags, and change planes (and air lines) for the flight from Delhi to Chandigarh. A driver from the Oberoi Wildflower Hall, dressed in full chauffeur gear, met us at Chandigarh and provided us with snacks of chips, banana bread, and brownies for our three-hour drive to Shimla. I read in the guide book that Chandigarh was created by Le Corbusier inthe 1950's as the new capital for the Punjab state after Partition. But the Punjab was subdivided again, and the city became a Union Capital to serve...

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Trip Journal


India & Burma, 2013

Dec 18, 2012 - Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

December 16, 2012 I woke up feeling fine. Because of the tough couple of days I spent a few hours working on the Suukye. I am the service walla, puncture walla, dobi walla, everything walla - when it comes to the bike. I cleaned, lubed and tighten the chain [a little]. The saddle bags I have don’t quite fit right. The fuel cap on the main tank is very tough to open. It’s fixed to the bike and have to force it open because the saddle bag fits too close to the bike. I put spaces in here and there and now they fit great. It was a problem in...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Shimla

Bus leaving at 8:30am...we're heading to Delhi to get train onward to Nepal, plus visas for Bangladesh. 7-21 Bus to Shimla, 4 Dutch girls, a young French couple, lots of Indians...a single paved lane road most of the way, beautiful green scenery, rafting river - started out pale green from mtn. snowmelt but evolved to dirty brown. Sunshine until 3 pm then into more mountain drizzle but ended in sunshine in Shimla 9-10 hours later. Got onward bus tickets to Dehli for 9:12am. Not 9:10 or 9:15! See Shimla entry of previous travels for...

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Sep 25, 2011 - Thanedhar, my retreat into the Indian Himalayas

My next stop was India participating in workaway at The Banjara Orchard Retreat located in the village of Thanedhar(pronounced tan-uh-dar) in the state of HimachaI Pradesh. My plane landed in New Delhi but the retreat was located in the Himalayas so I had to take a bus but I had to ride the metro to get to the bus station. When I stepped onto the metro I had my first taste of how crowded the cities in India are. I did not really know where I was going but made my way to the bus station. To me it seemed like complete chaos and...

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Jan 28, 2011 - Day 5 - Shimla

I had decided on two nights in Shimla as the train journey was so long, so we had a day to fill. The tour package that I had purchased for India included all travel, hotels & tour guides so we had the services of a car, a driver & a guide to show us the sights of Shimla. I had assumed that it was a small hilltop village but it turned out to be a very large city spread out over several hilltops and obviously very popular with tourists of all nationalities. On our tour we saw the Viceregal Lodge, the Gaiety Theatre, the monkey mountain etc. I...

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Jan 27, 2011 - Day 4 - Delhi to Shimla

Who needs sleep anyway? Not when you’re off on an adventure to the foothills of the Himalayas(pronounced Him-arl-e-ars by the locals). Breakfast delivered to the room at 6am & driver waiting at 6.30 so off for the first leg of our train journey, a four & a half hour express train to Kalka where we change to what they call the “Toy Train”, because it is a smaller gauge track & hence smaller carriages. We got to Delhi Central station by 7am & with the help of a strong porter, who carried our two big suitcases on his head, we found our...

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Nov 4, 2010 - Oh for the love of curry........

Ok am going to start with a rant today ! Why having come 5000 miles to the so called home of curry can I not find a decent meal ? I’ve just left a rather posh restaurant having half consumed the worst curry I’ve ever eaten. After disappointment the other night with a chicken dish consisting mainly of bones, I opted for a mutton Rogan Josh, a firm favourite of mine at home and in restaurants, When the dish arrived some twenty minutes later it looked the part but on tasting was bland, without spice or heat and to top it all consisted of...

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