A Few Hours at Shimla

by Mridula on January 23, 2013

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I visited Naldhera (about 19 km from Shimla) sometime back. If you would ask me honestly I am more of an off beat place person rather than the mainstream. But I got to experience Shimla Tourism while I was returning back from Naldhera. I clearly remember that it was a rainy day but then when did a little bit of rain stood in my way of exploring a place. I am an all weather tourist and Shimla weather was fine for me. I often say to people that I am not made of salt and I will not melt away in a little rain!

I visited the Mall Road and I have to say I enjoyed my walk and search for souvenirs. There are a lot of small shops dotting the Mall Road and souvenir hunting can be fun. But I am not good at bargaining and takes away something from the experience. I bought a stole which I immediately used on the drive from Shimla to Kalka as the weather was a bit more chilly due to the rains.

I wonder if you also do it but when I am looking out the window I keep thinking that if we would stop such and such frame would make for a very good picture. Sometimes I feel I look at the world through a viewfinder even when I don’t have a camera in my hand!

Shimla on a Rainy Day

But coming back to my stroll on the Mall Road I also discovered Bhuira products for the first time and if you have not tasted their spreads, jams and chutney you are missing out on good food. I highly recommend them.

And these days whenever I leave my daughter and go on a trip it is essential that buy a gift for her and I still remember the pink shirt I bought for her.

I have to admit I did not explore Shimla in any detail and the main reason is the crowd. I live in a crowded city and on my vacations I wish to escape it. The approach to Mall Road did present us with a traffic jam and on my vacations I wish to escape all that. So I was really happy to visit Shimla for a few hours and then get on my my journey.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Sam@Cheap trips India January 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm

This is one of the nice city to spend some days of your holidays but for that you should know about those all places which are famous.


Debopam Banerjee January 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Drizzle makes the mountains much more appealing ……..



Krishna January 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

nice rainy photo and details



Meenakshi Malhotra January 24, 2013 at 9:04 am

Simala is too crowded and commercialised. In comparison, Chail is still all natural and beautiful.


Vishal Rathod January 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Nice and beautiful picture


arumugameaswar January 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Nice text and beautiful picture.


R.Ramakrishnan January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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Niranjan January 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm
Jay January 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Hi Mridula,

Yes, I echo your thoughts and views from this post. Even I felt that Shimla has become way too commercialized in the past few years. In fact, most of the major hill stations have gone on the same path.
Natural beauty and habitat is getting ruined because of all this. I hope the government takes up suitable steps to prevent any damage to the natural habitat.


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