We wanted to have a quick getaway for new year so planned the trip for 3 days. All we wanted was to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of Delhi. Little did i know that Shimla would be the opposite of relaxing due to the New Year rush!
We started from Delhi a little before 8 am. We became late as we booked a car via Voler cars and their operational time starts only by 7.
We had packed breakfast. So didn't make any stops other than to fuel up. We fuelled up from Patiala and it was cheaper than Delhi.
Make sure to take state tax from all points if you are travelling in a rental.. We missed the Punjab RTO barrier and was fined..
We missed the Chandigarh bypass and hence wasted some time in the traffic.. But other than that till Himachal the journey was pretty smooth.However we couldn't enjoy the scenery much as it was quite foggy..
On reaching Himachal first thing we did was stop at the RTO barrier and take state tax. The roads were good except for some stretches where work was going on. And as we were travelling during new year weekend there was occasional police checking. We got one in Shoghi.
We reached the hotel by 5. We booked ours via OYO rooms and this was in Kachi Ghati.. In Shimla most of them were either booked or too expensive owing to the new year weekend. From our hotel we could see the whole of Shimla valley and it was great. The weather was pretty cold too.
We freshened up and thought would go out and maybe have dinner and see how Shimla is during the night.. And that was a big mistake. We saw that it was way overcrowded and had many traffic jams only due to the sheer volume of cars. There were traffic personnel every 20 mts and they don't even let you park your car anywhere even to buy something quickly. The narrow roads added to the inconvenience. We went back to our hotel and had dinner from there after driving in the traffic for sometime.