Being a cold breeze lover and a wanderer (who hasn’t satisfied her wanderlust yet), I actually wanted to end 2017 in a unique way. So, with two of my friends, I decided to visit “Queen of Hills”, Shimla.
I never had a night out in my life, so this time decided to do that with my pals- Meenakshi and Deepika. Two weeks before, we started our planning, booked a hotel and made a list that we’ll gonna take along with us. Believe me, making a list really works!
It was 5:30 am, we woke up and drop a message on our WhatsApp group so that we know all woke up. I stepped out at 7:00 am as my father decided to drop us at the Chandigarh bus stand, Sec-43. We picked Deepi first, then Mini. The excitement can be seen on our faces. Getting out of the car, my father wished us happy journey and we headed towards our bus.
We got into our buses and sat on our allotted seats. Our journey started as our bus moved on at 8:10 am. Ah! Pleasant weather it was with cool breezes.
But, we were getting hiccups due to the bad condition of the mountainous roads at some places. And, because of that, we were feeling drowsy.
Finally, we reached Shimla and waited for our hotel driver to come and pick us.
We checked into a standard hotel in Chhota Shimla at 1:30 pm, and rested for a while.
After an hour of rest, now we were ready to go out. Advised by some of our friends that The Christ Church looks damn beautiful in the evening, we planned to explore local places like the Mall, The Ridge, Scandal point, Lakkar Bazaar, following the Christ Church. But, before that, as we moved out of our hotel, it was time to satisfy hunger.
We entered a restaurant, where we had rice with Kadi and Dal. It was yummy! Oops… we forgot to click cuz we were damn hungry and busy eating. hahaha….
Now, we were all set to climb the Mall Road/Ridge Road, and Scandal point as we’ve decided to cover this on our first day. Since vehicles aren’t allowed there, we had to walk all the way to the end of the road and back.
While going through Mall Road towards the Ridge, we felt as if we were in foreign as the buildings around us were styled in Tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture, reminiscent of the colonial era.
The city actually presents an amazing blend of scenic beauty and architectural wonders. There were loads of hustle bustle on the Mall Road and tourists were moving up and down, in and out of the shops.
Finally, we were on the Ridge and you can’t imagine how happy we three were. But, before going to the church, we decided to visit the Lakkar Bazaar. This market grabs all of your attention. We bought Shimla shawls for our lovely mums.
Because of too chilly weather we wanted to stop for a while to have something. After walking for a while, there was a shop where loads of people were standing and having momos. That bought water in our mouth, and we had momos and hot dogs.
Now, it was dark all around with beautiful lights shining like stars. I guess we made the right decision! The moment we reached the church, we were really stunned by the majestic appearance it holds.
And, then we roam on the Church’s outskirts. It was as beautiful and serene as the church itself. The incredible natural view around us was surprising at every turn.
And, down is our “dream-come-true” pic, when the sky actually turned cloudy. We clicked looking up at the sky togetherly. We felt as if we’ve worn over something, and memorized that line, “Baadalon ki main odhoon chunariya. Jhoom jaaoon main banke baawariya“ from a song- ‘Dil Hai Chhota Sa‘… hahahahhh!
Best Moment: Right in the center of the Ridge Road is a pole on which our Indian Flag always flies high in the sky. This actually makes you feel good and proud.
Next morning, we had our breakfast at the hotel and headed towards Kufri. It’s a small hill station, which is 13 km away from Shimla. We visited Himalayan Nature Park, where we saw some of the rare species of animals and birds found only in Himachal Pradesh.
Then, we took thrilled adventure ride package in adventure camp. We enjoyed all the rides like mountain climbing, rope climbing, skating, valley crossing, bungee jumping and much more.
Although we were a little nervous, we followed the saying, “Darr Ke Agey Jeet” and enjoyed to the fullest.
Then, quickly we went to Kufri market, where we did our lunch. We saw the place where Simla Agreement was signed.
We had a cup of coffee there and planned to get back!
Then, we ended our day by visiting Jhaku Temple. Such a peaceful and serene place it Is. After making prayers, we got 2-2 malpuas as Prashad. Too lip-smacking they were!
Finally, we reached room after dinner and clicked our day end pics before we fell asleep.
We were quite happy as our day went quite busy doing adventure sports and worth watching nature.
The third day, as it was a Christmas Day, we woke up at 7 o’clock and again went to The Ridge, to attend Christmas Prayer at The Christ Church.
We felt light and good after saying 2-3 prayers. After lightening the candle we came out. The photographic scenes all around us made us crazy and we clicked many pics.
Top of all, when you are in Himachal Pradesh, how can you miss wearing a Himachali dress. So, here we go!
And, in the end, we gave rest to our trip by clicking a pic near our Indian flag. Remember! This can’t be ignored at all throughout your strolling at the Ridge.
Here, my friend mini concluded our trip with a quote which is quite true-
“Shimla is Nothing, But it is actually everything and it is worth coming here once in your life if you are a nature lover”
Finally, we were happy traveling back home – Chandigarh. Our trip was really a FUN!
As it was our first trip to Shimla, we were little unaware; we missed a few things on this trip like- Tara Devi Temple, Summer Hill, Annandale and Shimla State Museum, Advance studies. NOT TO WORRY! We will definitely cover these places on our next trip.
Happy journey to all who are planning to go Shimla! And, don’t forget to share your views in the comment section given below.