Pinjore Garden, Kasauli, Shimla :)
We left early in the morning from Chandigarh for Shimla via National Highway 1.
On our way we stopped in to visit the beautiful Pinjore garden.
Pinjore garden is located in Pinjore, panchkula. Built by Patiala Dynasty rulers and an example of mughal garden style...
Well maintained beautiful garden to spend a peaceful time with your family. .
It's famous for the seven terraces. .
You can also enjoy the camel ride, toy train ride just outside the entrance. .
From here we left straight for Kasauli. Which is a cantonment and town located in Solan district. You can cover this place easily and it's on the way to Shimla. People generally stay up for a night in a resort to enjoy the Himalayan view and local areas in Kasauli.
We went to the sunset point. From here you can get a good view of the sunset, pine laid landscapes, valleys.
You can also enjoy a walk on the mall road and do some local shopping.
After enjoying the view at Kasauli we left for our main destination "Shimla".
I guess more than reaching a place... it's the journey of the roads which stays back in our mind forever.
The Highway is really well maintained and offer you an amazing non stop view of the Himalayas. . I will suggest you to record a video for your nostalgic days if you are a nature lover.
We reached Shimla by 5 pm.
My last visit to Shimla was when I was probably 10 year old.
My grandmom used to tell me so many stories about Shimla, It was one of her favorite place.
Shimla unlike any other hill station has really changed due to the rapid influx of the people as well as the growth of residential accommodation. So it was a new experience all together "so much of traffic". .
Shimla has now been divided into two three zones ..
one is old Shimla which we all know and new Shimla, which is a new residential zone.
So be careful of the roads you pick. .'cause at some point of the day it can get really tough to take a u turn. :P
Roads are full of adventure especially looking at the steepness.
So get hold of a good driver especially when u r travelling on rainy days.
After some rest at our hotel we left for the famous mall road.
Shimla is again a small town, you can cover all the tourist attractions in a day itself. It is the capital and the largest city of the Himachal Pradesh. It was once the summer capital of British India.
Nature comes alive in Shimla looking at the hustle bustle of the place and the traffic of course!
The major attractions to cover is Jakhoo temple, Christ church, the mall road and the ridge.
Mall road is one of the amazing place to spend your evening at. Instead up walking up all the way to the mall road you can take a short cut "lift" near the church end of the mall road. Ticket is just for 8 rs/-
So take this short cut to the mall road. And enjoy the local handcrafted stuff and beautiful shawls. You can also explore the famous lakkar bazaar.
As I said you can cover all the tourist attractions once you are on the mall road, be it scandal point ( which was named after the love affair between the prince of Patiala and daughter of viceroy, what is so scandal about it . .lol) or the Christ church.
We walked from one end to the other covering the temples, old abandoned villas, old post office, church, and in fact just kept walking to absorb this place as much as we could. .
Don't forget to try yummy brownie at Cafe sol and for the dinner you can choose from the wide range of restaurants on the mall road.