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Pandit Ji also told us the famous story of Shikari Devi: According to him, the hunters in early years once worshiped the Goddess on mountains asking for success in their hunt....

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It is the base point for the most scenic trek to Shikari Devi Temple (16 km)....

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Naina Devi, Himachal Pradesh 174310, India
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Weekend Getaways from Naina Devi 

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Once known as Shyamala, synonymous with Goddess Kali, Shimla has been a summer retreat long before India even gained independence. This famous hill station similarly has a lot of places and things to see untouched by time. For instance, take a vintage joy ride from Kalka station to Shimla in a charming toy train that will take you through towering Deodars, hills and villages. Shimla truly comes alive during winters when a blanket of snow covers it all over making every nook and corner gleam and glisten. One such place is the ice skating rink (natural ice) near Lakkar Bazaar that opens from November to December. More winter sports include skiing, which can be enjoyed 21 km from Shimla in Kufri. Adventure activities such as rafting at Tattapani or a trek to Shali Tibba and Pabbar Valley are also worthwhile experiences. If you are fond of haunted stories and interested in having your own spooky adventure, you'll love Shimla. A lot of people including the renowned Rudyard Kippling (in 'My Own True Ghost Story) have written various eerie stories set around Shimla. A place known most for giving many people the jeepers-creepers is the Charleville Mansion. Another time travelling portal is the antique bookstore, Marina Brothers, located on Mall Road, which is truly a reader and collector's paradise. There are many luxury and budget hotels here, meaning you'll never fall short of options. Popular places to eat include Wake & Bake, Ashiana, Cecil and Minchy's that serve commendable Indian and multi-cuisine dishes and delicious gourmet food.


About Naina Devi

My next destination was the Naina Devi Temple which is built at the height of 1850m and can be accessed through a bus. (Fare :15 Rupees) The bus ride would take 20 mins and gave me the first glimpse of how expertly the drivers make their way through the shit in your pants , edgy roads of the Himalayas.The view from the Naina Devi temple is awe inspiring, when one sees the Pir Panjal mountain range spread on the horizon.To my pleasant surprise I got to know that the temple offered Bhandara ( food ) until 2 PM daily and I too partook along with a hoard of school children who had come for a picnic to the place. The food was typical pahaadi food which my hungry stomach gulped down like no tomorrow.Once done and after exploring the area further, instead of waiting for the return bus I walked my way downhill. ( I later remembered that this place can be trekked too with a pretty well defined trail ) The steps to go down until the Lake Kunt Bhyog, the biggest lake of the seven lakes of Sarkidhar and then further reaching the cave of Guru Padmasambhava.The cold belly of the mountain, was a contrast to the sun hitting the face of the hill. The place is draped with a hoard of Prayer Flags which I had until then seen only in photos and TV. Taking a little rest there, I again continued my trek downhill with ever growing fascination for the solitude that was graced on me.I reached back to Rewalsar in an hour's time, just also in time to get some old notes exchanged at the only Bank in town. I spent the rest of the evening watching the fishes fight for small doughs of flour and biscuits. The birds chirping their way from one tree to another like a abstract slideshow on a Winamp Music Player The moon this fortnight was going to be the Super moon. It rose slowly over the hills , dipping itself in the Rewalsar Lake simultaneously. The hoards of monkeys too went uphill to their trees to spend time convalescing.I walked the lake shore again to the Gurudwara, spent some time within its premises more observant than participative. The dinner in the Langar to bring closure to my first day amongst the mountains.
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