For the first time in my life, I visited Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, bordering Jammu & Kashmir, in India. I spent a month in Shimla over there. The month was a great time for me, though the incompetence of some incapable fellows spoiled half of my month, -in all that futility-, I managed to spend the other half in useful work that
[the mothe & child – visitors to Hatu Peak. The mother and her husband were kind to pose for a picture by me. All pictures in this blog are with the permission of the human subjects. Kindly, don’t copy or use them without my express permission]
means much to me, and will help my College in some good way.
[The Himachali women at a Mela – socio-cultural get together]
At the fag end of the month, we, the entire group of ten teaching researchers, decided to let loose our hair (not that all had long hair!). We hired a vehicle, and went first to Hatu Peak – about 70 km away from Shimla, and 3400 meters ASL. That’s quite a bit. The place is stunningly beautiful, besides the religious aura of a Hindu shrine. The shrine is frequented by hundreds of people.
[The same Mela – musical instruments]
On our way back, we visited Kufri. Another pretty place. Nature speaks! Additionally, the dynamic elements of nature add to the beauty of nature.
[The beauty of these women is immense. Sad, I missed clicking another bevy of pretty women, who requested me to click them. I did not have my laptop to shift pictures and give them; they wanted their pictures. How could I, at a picnic spot?]
This was special for another reason: after many years, I used my camera freely (though not to the extent I would have loved to). And captured those beautiful places, faces, and elements – all part of that one lovely place called Shimla. Here, I present another set of those (after the last set of monkeys!) And that is the point of this point.
[Two kids, miles apart. Different expressions]
By the way, did I share with you of my fascination for this wonderful place Shimla? It is probably the cleanest and the most beautiful city I have ever visited in India. Why! Probably one of the very few such clean and palpitatingly beautiful cities of the world! In spite of its acute water shortage (thanks to the inept government) I loved the pleasant weather – temperatures varying from 7-8 degrees Celsius in the early part of May nights and about 15-18 degrees during days, going up to scorching 25-27 degrees in late May days (which necessarily brings rains to Shimla!) All – part of this city!
[Another Himachali woman in typical tribal attire. She was very gracious to pose for the camera. After the picture, she asked, ‘I am dancing at the Mela; will you please come!?’ We visited and spent some time. Beside her are two researchers. And the last image is of Apple orchards of Shimla – from a moving Traveler]