Table of contents for Shimla Tour
- Shimla by Toy Train
- Shimla – Kufri – Jakhu Temple and Back Journey
Our hotel was at equal distance from Rly Station and Bus Stand. (Click to enlarge)
You might have read from my previous post that starting from Saharanpur (U.P.) at 6.00 a.m. by own car, we i.e. my wife, son, nephew and myself reached Kalka at 10.30 a.m. and after leaving the car at the railway station parking, got into Kalka Shimla train in general compartment which looked like Kumbh Mela site within 5 minutes of arrival of Delhi-Kalka Queen at another platform. You have also learnt how historic this narrow guage rail route is. This hillward journey from Kalka to Shimla started at 1.00 p.m. instead of 12.10 p.m. and after crossing 102 tunnels and 988 iron-less bridges, we reached at Shimla at around 8.00 p.m. at an altitude of 2076 meters. No sooner we stepped out of railway platform, a fevikwik type of hotel agent securely stuck to us and could only be gotten rid of after we rejected three hotels and finally checked in at Hotel Victory which is above Victory Tunnel . Please continue…
Two-tiered bed in our hotel room – big enough for adults too.
All the members of my family fell in love with the room at first sight and felt happy that the stay would be a pleasant one. In the meantime, I have been at the window of the room which gave excellent view of several hill ranges across the valley. After settling ourselves in the room, we decided to have a walk and find some good place to eat. At the Reception, the hotel Manager asked us if we would need a taxi in the morning for local sight seeing? We looked at each other and then I said, “May be. What places should we include in our itinerary?” He produced a pamphlet from his drawer and told us that these are the sites he would take you to and these are the rates. Since you are staying with us, we will offer you 10% discount. You would get Indica taxi in excellent condition. As far as I remember, he had told us Rs. 800/- for the full day sight seeing, which appeared quite reasonable to us in view of the itinerary given in the pamphlet. As we learnt later, there is a tendency to include as many places in the list as possible – how-so-ever insignificant or trivial they may actually be. For example, if we go from Shimla to Kufri, they would include five or six locations – all of which are enroute just to make the list substantial. However, we accepted the offer and went out to have a stroll on Mall Road feeling quite elated. Shimla didn’t seem to us costly at all. (more…)