Off to Shimla

Shimla

It is not easy to leave Kalpa after a few days. The view together with the clean air and almost no car noise makes it a place where you easy can spend some time. But Sandra was on the way to Rishikesh for some more Yoga stuff and I wanted to visit The Professional in his natural habitat. So we took the small bus early in the morning to get to the bus station in time for the big bus towards Shimla. Since we reached the station early we had the two seats in the front. Great!!

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Update on the finger – getting better…

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Our trusty old bus

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These are the roads here in the mountains – now add dust – a lot of it!

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We stopped in the middle of nowhere for lunch. 50 Rp for Dal Bat with endless refill. Best tasting lunch at that whole trip! Btw 80 RP is 1€.

So far so good!

Shimla

After a few weeks in the mountains of the Himalayas it is not easy to come back to “civilisation” And if you get into Shimla at 5.30 in the afternoon you wish you had stopped somewhere before for the night. Traffic was a nightmare. The bus station a big joke. No information nowhere and best of all – no light but lots of stairs. So you walk down the dark stairs inside the building and look for a bus towards town. Somehow we could not manage to stop one and had to take a taxi. Sure enough you have to get the expensive ones from the “union” and it is so so far and that is why the taxi is so so expensive. In the end it is not really far but welcome back to the city. Took us a while to find a place but with the help of a friendly tout. He carried my bag all over the place – which resulted into me hauling Sandras bag. The man was in a hurry so we raced cross town to the Dreamland. Nice hotel, hot water and all. Good view over the to many buildings and sure enough there is a monkey on your balcony in the morning. So leaving a window open while you explore the city is not a good idea.

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Finally in Shimla – the old part looks of the city a bit like the one from your toy train

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Shimla

Shimla
But why not save the few houses that are left and preserve its charm? Nobody repairs anything. All is plastered with advertisement. Sad to see that nice part of the city go down the drain.

Shimla

Shimla

Shimla
The Indian Coffee House – we had breakfast here a few times. The coffee is not really good but the waiters still serve in the same uniforms they did a long time ago. And it is full of locals on top of that.

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Than we walked down the bazaar. Lots of food places, cheap hotels and shopping shopping shopping.

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Time to start fixing that house…

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Shimla

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This is not really the best way to present the goods!

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Shimla

Shimla

Shimla

Shimla

Shimla

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And back to the hotel. Do you see the little red dot in the forest on the right? The Monkey Temple! This is where I take you in the next post!

Author: Marc Hastenteufel

I like to travel and i like to snap pictures! My mother got me a Eurorail ticket when i was 15 and together with 2 friends we adventured into France. This was the beginning of a new addiction. I do like to take pictures so one thing leads to another and on this site i want to share some of my pictures and some of my trips with you! Now i am on the road for more than 6 months every year. Visiting old friends and making new friends while exploring this big blue ball.

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