An Indian Adventure Part 1 – Shimla

In November I traveled to India, a country I have visited many times but not recently. I had chosen three very different destinations. First to Shimla, the capital of Himachel Pradesh state and in the days of the Raj it was the summer capital of British India. My next destination was to Pushkar in Rajasthan to witness the Pushkar camel fair. Finally I headed south to Kerala and the wonderful Neeleshwar Hermitage Resort. I had planned to travel light and after much deliberation my camera gear consisted of my Leica M9-P rangefinder camera with four lenses, 18mm, 35mm, 50mm and 90mm. This proved to be a steep learning curve for me and I had to work hard at my photography. I did miss my autofocus dslr camera and zoom lenses and will be taking them with me the next time I travel.

Terraced housing Shimla style

Terraced housing Shimla style

I was constantly amazed at how the houses had been built on very steep hillsides – how do they stay there without falling down!

Christ Church Shimla on the Mall

Christ Church Shimla on the Mall

My first night in Shimla coincided with Diwali, perhaps the most well known of the Hindu festivals. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India. Here in Shimla it was a night of very loud fireworks. On my walk back to the hotel people were in the streets lighting fireworks and the “explosions” continued all through the night.

Fireworks on Diwali night in Shimla

Fireworks on Diwali night in Shimla

Diwali in Shimla

Diwali celebrations

Christ Church on Diwali night, Shimla

Christ Church on Diwali night, Shimla

Here are a few images from my days sightseeing in and around Shimla.

Shimla Street

Shimla street

Viceregal Lodge, Shimla

The Viceregal Lodge (now the Institute of Advanced Studies), Obervatory Hill, Shimla

Annandale, Shimla

Annandale, Shimla. Once a racecourse now the army's playground

Shimla Terraced Houses

Christ Church overlooking terraced streets

British memorial

A reminder of the British in Shimla

Shimla Shoeshine

Shoeshine outside Christ Church

Christ Church, Shimla

Christ Church, Shimla

Shimla sunset

Sun setting over Shimla