Sunday, February 23, 2014

Weekend in Shimla

This weekend we went to Shimla, the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh.  It is a popular tourist destination and also known for the Kalka-Shimla Railway, a UNESCO heritage site.  It also has amazing views of the Himalyan foothills.

View of the Himalayans from the Hanuman temple
We first hiked up to Jakhoo Temple, a Hindu temple with a statue of the Hindu god, Hanuman.   There were a lot of monkeys hanging out and waiting to find someone with food.  I even saw a monkey steal glasses off of a lady's face!
statue of Hanuman

Dmytro, Peter, Lukas, and I in front of Hanuman

All the monkeys at Hanuman Temple
 We got our tickets at the train station and posed with the elephant conductor :)
Cristian and I with the train station and elephant conductor
 We also stopped by another temple with very pretty bells and amazing views of the Himalayan foothills.
At another temple in Shimla
We spent the day walking around Shimla, which was a picturesque town with lots of shops and restaurants, British architecture and pedestrian walkways.  
Monkey climbing out of the trash

Streets of Shimla


A local Shimla man with some monkeys

On Sunday morning we rode on the Kalka-Shimla Railway for about 3 hours, which had beautiful scenery of the Himalayan foothills and towns.
Cathy, Peter, and I on the Kalka-Shimla Railway
A view of the train
Back to work tomorrow!

Word of the day: dhaba - a group of street food vendors

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