Alluring mountains,Breathtaking view , Picture-Perfect Shimla !!

26th Jan 2017
Day 1

One of the most memorable trip of mine to the hilly terrains ,road trip from Delhi to Shimla with my better half. Crossing 4 states in a 8 hr trip was an experience in itself . Started at 8 a.m in the morning from Delhi to Harayana passing through Punjab , the state where you can satisfy your hunger pangs . You would find many authentic Dhabas on the way which is a must try . After having food at one of them , we moved forward . En routing lush green forests , crossing many hair pin bends we reached the ex summer capital of Britishers , Shimla .

We stopped at Snow Valley Resorts , Shimla in the evening . It was on the highway itself so we didn't really had to wander in its search . The moment I stepped out of the car , could feel chilly winter around me . Environment was so serene and lights on the mountains made it more appealing . We checked in to the hotel and spent the night at leisure . Resort had beautiful ambiance , great hospitality ,nice entertainment zone , last but not the least fascinating valley view from the room. I would suggest you to definitely take a halt over here but please be cautious while parking your vehicle as its parking is too steep .

Valley view from the room of Snow Valley Resort

Photo of Snow Valley Resorts, Ghora Chowki, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay
Day 2

We headed towards Jakhu temple . As we moved forward , road became steeper and steeper . There were long pine and oak trees on both sides of the road and deep valley . Finally we reached on the hill top where Jakhu temple was situated . View from the hill was mind boggling. It was foggy and snowy . After visiting the temple we spent some time playing with the snow .Please be aware of monkeys at this place . Don't carry anything in your hand/pockets if possible .

View from Jakhu hill

Photo of Jakhu Hill, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay

We moved forward to our next destination ,Indian Institute of Advanced Study . As day passed , weather became more chilly ,foggy and windy . On the way we spotted the famous IGMC Medical college , Shimla , passed through some VIP areas and finally reached the institute. Architecture of the building was worth praising . This building was originally built by the viceroy of India . Many historic decisions has been taken in this building during Independence movement which now servers as institute where scholars do researches . We explored the entire campus and then went for guided tour inside the campus . It is a must visit place.

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Photo of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay

Campus of Institute

Photo of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay

In the morning i got mesmerized with the view outside my window . Witnessing sunrise with a cup of coffee was like ahh...Do i need anything more ?? Eventually i fell in love with the place . Then we packed our bag and began to explore The capital .

We headed towards one of the most famous place in Shimla , the Mall road . We waited to enter the famous mall lift for going to the Ridge . After reaching over there , I was surprised to see the enthusiasm and liveliness people were having . Place had lots of eatery options . Lakkar bazar was nearby which is again one of the famous market of Shimla . We kept walking and trolling in the market . Visited Christ church as well . Please visit this place in the evening only after sun sets . City lights look very pretty from this point . After spending some time we went back to the hotel . It was already too cold to stay outside .

Day 3

We were again recharged in the next morning to move towards not so commercialized place near Shimla - Mashobra . We started going towards Mahasu peak . Way en routing the peak was lovely . High snow laden peak on one side and deep valley view on the other . One could easily spot Himalayan ranges . It was so enthralling , looked like a new born baby.. so calm, so peaceful . The only word which i could utter was "WOW" .

View of Mahasu Peak

Photo of Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay

After sometime we headed towards our resort Club Mahindra ,Mashobra . Location and view from the resort was awesome . We played some sports in the game zone and in the evening a show was organized for all of the guests . There were few performances/events which included Himachal's folk dance . We enjoyed the evening thoroughly . What else can one wish for on a vacation .? After spending that day we headed towards Kufri , next morning .

Club Mahindra Resort,Mashobra

Photo of Club Mahindra Mashobra, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay
Day 4

En routing Kufri , view was incredible . It was enveloped with snow, looked like untouched beauty .

View on the way to Kufri

Photo of Kufri, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay

Adventure park beside the hotel served as an add on to our excitement . We had great time there enjoying amazing rides , tried skiing and other snow adventure sports . Few rides gave us an opportunity to have panoramic valley view . I felt like staying over there forever .

As you know nothing is permanent , this trip also ended but left behind beautiful memories which I still cherish !!

Our hotel was on one of the mountain peak . It appeared to be a paradise full of snow . The innate nature helped me to connect with my true self . I could feel the divinity around me. It was just so perfect.

Valley view from room , snow laden hotel's terrace

Photo of Galleu Hill Resort, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India by Ankita Upadhyay