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    Himalayan Nature Park Kufri

    by vinod-bhojak Written Oct 22, 2013

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    Its 15km far from Shimla You won't see many animals and birds like out side photos of park where you buy ticket. I think I waste my time to see it. it can be nice for children. nice view of mountain can be seen from here.in winter you can see snow here.Ticket is Rs. 25 per person.

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    Viceregal Lodge

    by vinod-bhojak Written Oct 18, 2013

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    The Viceregal Lodge building & architecture is absolutely amazing.This was the home of the British Viceroy to India and served as the Summer Capital during the Raj. Viceregal Lodge is the Place where the transfer of power and Partition of India was discussed(June 3rd 1947) and also the Simla Conference 1945 attended by Mahatma Gandhi. Miraben, Mridula Sarabhai, First Priminister of India Jawhar lal Nehru, Former President of India Abdul Kalam Azad, GB Pant, Liaquat Ali Khan, Muhammed Ali,Jinnah,C.Rajagopalacharya , Lord Mountbatten
    After independence the lodge was converted to the residence of the President of India, called, Rashtrapati Nivas. In 1968 this was further converted to its present use The Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. The guided tour is really quite short and restricted to just a few rooms. But despite that still worth a visit for all its history. The gardens are also worth a visit.

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    Jakhu Temple- known as Monkey temple

    by vinod-bhojak Written Oct 18, 2013

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    Jakhu temple is situated ~ 30 min walking distance from Shimla, A nice place to visit and this is old temple of lord Hanuman, There is big statue of Hanuman inaugurated by actor Abhishek Bacchan. This large statue is visible from everywhere in shimla and automatically attracts travellers There are beautiful natural scenes and from hill itself you can see Shimla and surrounding area.
    In this temple there are several monkey which got trained to pick your belongings like specs, shoes, purses, camera etc. So be careful. one may also walk up to the temple and it is a nice way to reach the top. Entire walking route from the main road to the temple passes through lovely tall pine trees and you see lot of monkeys with their babies.

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    Sankatmochan temple-- Jakhu HILLS

    by vpas Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    We had a good time,climbing the somewhat steep steps of this temple.to add to the adventure was the presence of many aggressive monkeys.we were forewarned and hence forearmed!Make sure you carry sticks,remove your glasses/specatacles and dont carry food items in such way that they are visible.hold on tightly to your bags!!But it was a fun experience.will go there again if I go to Shimla!

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    Taste of Wilderness in modern times

    by walktolive Written Jun 8, 2009

    Hi Sandy,

    I liked the Jaakhu temple in Simla. Though be aware of the very naughty and impertinent monkeys there. They can injure even when they do not mean to and take care of your belongings.

    Regards,
    Walker

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    Have a walk down the Mall

    by traceyspacey Written Jul 2, 2008

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    The Mall

    Whilst you are here, you should have at least one walk down the Mall. Whether you want to go shopping, get something to eat or watch people go about their day lives. The Mall is a popular place for people to meet and talk.

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    See the preparations for Republic Day

    by traceyspacey Written Jul 2, 2008

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    The Indian Army marching ready for Republic Day
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    We were sitting outside Coffee Cafe Day watching the army and police practicing their marches for Republic Day. Republic Day marks the adoption of the constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a Republic on January 26th 1950. It is a national holiday.

    It was quite impressive and the Indian Army were not afraid to show the range of weapons that they have. We recognised at least one of the tunes that the Army were marching to. We did get a few smiles from the Army.

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    Viceregal Lodge

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    The site for the Viceregal Lodge was selected by Lord Lytton, the British Viceroy of India during 1876-80. It was built during the Viceroyalty of Lord Dufferin during 1884-88 in Neo-Gothic style with elements of Scottish Baronial architecture. Inside, the magnificent reception hall and corridors are lined from floor to ceiling with heavy teak panelling. Several momentous decisions were taken here as, in 1947, it was the venue for the decision of the partition of India following independence from the British.

    I joined a group of other tourists where we were shown round a few of the rooms inside as part of a guided tour. The tour guide pointed out that the building still has its original electrics and wiring from 1890 and that it still all works. He also mentioned that there are 24 water tanks in the roof that are connected to pipes that can provide sprinkler water jets to all the rooms in case of a fire. Rainwater is collected off the roof and stored in a large tank underneath the lawn outside the building so that it can be used to water the gardens. After the British pulled out of India in 1947, India's first Prime Minister, Nehru, used the Lodge as his summer home before it was handed over to use as some Indian institute of something or other studies which still use it today.

    Tours: Winter - 9am-1pm & 2-5pm, Summer - 9am-1pm & 2-7pm. Admission: Rs50 for foreigners.

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    State Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    The State Museum opened in 1974 and is located up a very steep hill about 2.5km west of Scandal Point on the way to the Viceregal Lodge. The museum contains has exhibits of stone and wooden carvings, minature paintings, coins, stamps, dolls, costumes, weapons and guns, Hindu statues and modern art and is well worth the trip.

    Open: Tue-Sun 10am-1.30pm & 2-5pm. Closed Mondays. Admission: Rs50 for foreigners.

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    Kalka-Shimla mountain railway - stations on the wa

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Here's some of the lovely quaint and picturesque stations you stop at along the way. You do get the chance to stretch your legs for about 10 minutes or so at some of them plus have the opportunity to buy a cup of tea or coffee. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.

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    Kalka-Shimla mountain railway - train classes

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    The Kalka-Shimla mountain railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway that runs from Kalka at 656m above sea level to Shimla at 2076m. The 96km long track was built so that the British could have transportation to their summer capital, Shimla, which they moved from Calcutta or Delhi. The railway was opened in 1903 and passes through some 102 tunnels.

    There are about 4 trains that make the daily journey up to Shimla. The one I caught was the Himalyan Queen which left Kalka at 12.10pm and arrived at about 6pm. The views along the way are pretty breath-taking. You also pass by several small stations which are very picturesque. You get the chance to stretch your legs for 10 minutes or so at some of them and take in a cup of tea or coffee. There are two classes: what looked like bone hard wooden seats and more comfy looking foam padded ones. I took the comfy ones and even then my seat only cost Rs182. The carriages are very small as its a narrow gauge railway with not much room for sitting down yet along large backpacks. There are overhead shelves but they are too small to fit backpacks on.

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    Views of Shimla

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    These are the views you get to see of Shimla after you've taken the lift down to Cart Road. You can see just how precarious the buildings look perched along the hills. Some of them look like they could fall down any minute!

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    Gaiety Theatre

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Built in 1887 and opened on the 30th May 1887, the theatre was designed by the architect Henry Irwin who also designed the Viceregal Lodge. It was the first of its kind in Asia and has played host to many personalities wanting to 'tread the boards' such as Rudyard Kipling, Lord Kitchner and Chief of Scouts, Colonel Baden-Powell. The theatre was being renovated when I visited but I did go inside which was pitch black and spoke to someone about the theatre and Michael Palin as he visited here during his Himalaya TV series in 2003. A guy, who showed me inside, said that they started the renovations last year and these were due to finish in March 2007. I asked him if he remembered Palin coming here to which he replied that he did.

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    St Thomas School

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    There's a large military barracks of some sort in the middle of Shimla and I tried to take a picture of it but got told off for doing so! Anyway, right next to it is this school that looks like it must've been a church in the past.

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    Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 20, 2007

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    I stumbled across this temple whilst walking along the back streets of the Lower Bazaar. The priest within the shrine saw me with my camera standing at the entrance and quickly covered the shrine enclosure with a curtain with the other priest still reading his book! If anyone knows the name of the temple then let me know.

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