JUN 02,2015 - JUN 08,2015 (7 DAYS)
A trip to Shimla is nothing new to me. In fact, it is one of our favourite destinations for weekend getaways. One of most happening tourist destinations across India, Himachal Pradesh is definitely a must visit state. We live in Delhi and Summers are intolerable here. Hence, most of the time, we believe in moving to the nearest hill station which of course is Shimla. Our daughter Zahra was really excited about the trip. The little girl jumped with excitement.
Since Zahra was moving with us for the first time (the 5 year old is extremely naughty and demanding) I asked my hubby to initiate the journey with the popular Kalka toy train. My hubby enquired about the best place to start the trip and decided on booking the Shivalik Deluxe Express. The train starts from Kalka (Haryana). I was really excited about travelling in the century old train. What excited me was its narrow gauge. We reached the beautiful hill station at around 6 in evening.
I would suggest all of my friends to enjoy a ride in toy train at least once. It definitely makes for a memorable journey to Shimla. The ride gave us an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Himachal Pradesh. Zahra clapped all along and enjoyed sightseeing through the window. We also took turns to get down at the stations to enjoy small meals and drinks.
After reaching Shimla at around 5 in the evening, we checked into the hotel. It was pre-booked by Tour Das Travel Company and a nice one to be. After refreshing, my hubby suggested to take a stroll on the popular Mall Road (Thank God! We booked a hotel near Mall Road).
Mall Road is definitely the most happening place of Shimla. Flanked beautifully by a huge number of shops, beautiful restaurants, amazing departmental stores, vast showrooms, a well maintained café, and much more, it is a fun place to be. As a rule, the tourists must walk down the road. It reaches to the popular The Ridge, a vast flat and open space. At stalls and restaurants, you can enjoy momos, icecreams, burgers, tandoori items, and tikkis here. One of the major attraction here is the St. Michael's Catholic Church. Zahra wanted to enjoy a horse ride at the Ridge. And she took many turns before finally agreeing to get down.
Next day, it was our turn to visit the Jakhu Temple, one of the prominent religious places of Shimla. Located on a hill and easily visible from the ridge, the ancient temple of Lord Hanuman is simply worth giving a visit. The 80 feet long statue of Lord Hanuman has been crafted beautifully. It enjoys close proximity to various small restaurants serving tea and delectable snacks. The only problem were the monkeys. Although my little one enjoyed watching them from far, she shrieked out once they came jumping from all around. Thereafter, we went to Kufri. Since we were in Shimla on 23rd of May, there was no snow here. Also the road wasn't maintained well.
We made our way to Fun World from the land of Kufri. My daughter had the time of her life here. Loaded with swings and go-carte ring, it was fun for the three of us to be here. We enjoyed some fried snacks, fruit beer, and maggi here. I literally enjoyed some of the rides here.
In the evening, we took a stroll in the mall road. The following day, we decided to take a trip to Chail Palace and Naldhera. Since it was the last day of our trip, we decided to make the most of it. The picturesque Naldhera is mostly visited for its extensive 18 hole golf course, a major attraction. Deemed as one of the most challenging golf course, the place is visited by both professionals and novices.
The last destination was Chail Palace. This trip was a memorable one. My hubby and Zahra loved the sprawling garden decorated with pristine white furniture. We clicked pictures here and had some delicious snacks at the in house restaurant. The huge palace has been converted into a beautiful resort. The trip to palace was memorable, so was our Shimla trip.