By: Eesha Duggal
Shimla is indeed not just about the Mall Road, the Ridge, Kufri, etc. Away from the concrete jungles of the city are some beautiful places that can certainly take your breath away. It’s not just about the places, but particularly about the boulevards, the alleys where only a few feet tread through. So if you are one adventurous dude out there, plan your next adventure to these places.
About 7-km away from Shimla is Chadwick Fall. All you need to do is take a walk from Summerhill bus stand to the spot. What could be better than getting out of your car and let your feet do some walking! One can stop at a small village of Sangti to again get ready for a long walk to the ravishing Chadwick Fall. The scenic beauty of the valley from a rather stumbling road will soak up all your tiredness. The fall is inside the thick woods, so beware of the wild. Don’t forget to see other two falls, down the major Chadwick fall.
Tuttikandi is yet another place, which serves a good combination of peace and beauty. One can toddle down ‘Ek Sau Teen’ (The last tunnel – No. 103 – on the railway track from Kalka to Shimla) to reach the place. Though the idea of capturing animals ain’t so impressive, but one can see the exotic animals in a small zoo anyway. It has three leopards and five bears. The end point of the zoo is perhaps the best. The dazzling straw lying all around, shines in all its glory when tall magnificent devdars and chirs allow little sun rays to pass through and fall on it which makes you go ‘Wow’! The passage again is the best feature.
Situated on the top of the hill, is Kendriya Vidyalaya Jutogh, which can be reached climbing a stunning road. The place is very calm and serene (school is not on off course). The road to the top is pretty steep but the mysterious woods on the left will surely not make one realise it. Bracketed by a number of species of flora, the school offers a majestic view of Shivalik and Himalayas.
Kamna Devi Temple
Queen of ‘Hills’ is all about living on the hills and climbing them. Kamna Devi temple, about 1-km from the suburbs of Boileuganj is one such place. The place can be approached by walking up a picturesque lane running between the trees on either sides.
Vice Regal Lodge
A promenade from Vice Regal Lodge, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies to Summerhill is one of the best in Shimla. The passage having trees on one side and view of a railway track down the road is quite popular for morning walks, shy wild cocks can often be spotted in the jungle, and off course monkeys and their kids riding on their mummas’ backs look quite amusing.
Bishop Cotton School
Another incredibly silent boulevard one can walk on in Shimla is the one leading to Bishop Cotton School. The road so deep into the jungle may gives you some shivers but nothing can be better than that for nature lovers. But don’t forget the ‘Face in the Dark‘ by Ruskin Bond, while taking this path. It was on this path, while on his way to the school, from Simla Club, the author, had an encounter with one of his students – the ghost…
One of the many great things about Shimla is that you need not wait for the morning or the evening to go for a walk. Get the real essence of the hills, visit these places and see what more this state capital has to offer. Have a nice time!