Shimla – Day 2

This morning we had a very interesting talk, with slides, about the history of Shimla and the surrounding area by Raja Bhasin, who has appeared on Tv with Michael Portillo. We then got into a fleet of taxis and drove through narrow, packed streets to the Viceregal Lodge, which was the official residence of the Viceroy of India during the summer months when the British moved the seat of power to Shimla to escape the heat of Calcutta. Many British rulers have lived there including Mountbatten. It now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

There were lots of monkeys in the grounds. Our group is a bit wary of them after some monkeys broke into one of the bedrooms while we were at breakfast and trashed the place!
We then visited some temples, with amazing views over Shimla.

After lunch in another Oberoi Hotel we walked up Mall Road. Being on the mountainside, Shimla is very hilly.

We walked to Scandal Point, a popular meeting place, so called because of a scandal caused by the elopement of a British Lady with an Indian Maharaja. We then walked back to the hotel in another sudden storm!