Today was the day to visit local places of Shimla. Since it was raining, we started our day late. We went to Mall road around 12 pm. Had lunch there at a restaurant.
Our first place of the day was Shimla Church. It is one the oldest churches in North India and was built by the British in 1857 to serve the large Anglican British community in the area. Shimla Church or the Christ Church is on the Ridge road.
The Ridge road is a large open space, located in the center of Shimla. The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road. The view from this place is breathtaking. You get to witness some beautiful architectures like Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, The offices of municipal corporation, fire service, and police headquarters .From the Ridge road,you can see the statue of Hanuman on top of the Hills.
Then there was a Scandal point. It is one of the most popular tourist places of Shimla, situated between the Mall road and The Ridge.
During the British Era in 1892, Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patalia fell in love with the daughter of the viceroy. It is believed that the king and viceroy’s daughter eloped from this point, way back in 1892. Therefore, he was banned from entering Shimla. This is how this place got it's name as Scandal point.
From here, we went to visit Kali bari Temple of Goddess Kali, which is also known as Shyamala. This majestic temple was built in the year 1845 and it is from the name of the Goddess Shyamala that Shimla derives its name. This religious spot is very famous in Shimla and people coming here make it a point to visit the temple, which is located in Jakhu Hill. The view of the great Himalayas from this place is mesmerizing.
By the time we were going back to Mall road,it had already started raining heavily. We could see hailstones Falling from the sky. Places were filled with hailed stones so much,it looked like snow. We were stranded at one place. Couldn't go anywhere. Just watching the hailstones Falling. And yes it was very cold. When the rains stopped a little, we went to mall road. Since,we got a little wet, we wanted some hot place to go. We went to a restaurant, where we had chole bhature. The taste was great. After this, we did a little shopping and headed back to our hotel. Had our dinner and went to sleep as we had to catch an early bus tomorrow.