Shimla

After a delicious Indian Buffet dinner last night we set off at 6.30am to Delhi Railway Station to catch the train to Kalka where we got on the ‘Toy Train’ which took us through the Himalayan foothills to Shimla.

4 hour trip from Delhi (25C), to Kalka
Andy and I on the Toy Train
The Toy Train climbing up the mountain to an altitude of 7500 feet
Half way to Shimla the sky darkened and there was a hail storm with thunder and lightening
We shared our coach with a friendly Indian family on holiday from Bangalore
View from the train
Shimla Station
The Oberoi Cecil Hotel

The hotel was established in 1884 by the British. Mohan Singh Oberoi started working at the hotel in the boiler room in 1922. He rose through the ranks until he was able to buy the hotel in 1944.

Tomorrow we have a talk about the history of Shimla and a guided walk.

Carol