A Delhiwala’s Shangri-La: Shimla in Pictures

A Delhiwala’s Shangri-La: Shimla in Pictures
A man walks down the Mall Road in downtown Shimla , Photo Credit: Prerak

Missing the wonders of old Shimla? Relive it all through these pictures

Prerak
July 02 , 2020
03 Min Read

It has the same bearings that many hill havens accessible to Delhiites do, but I've always found the sights and sounds of Shimla issuing towards me from its lovelier past. The winding streets of its sundry bazaars throw the wreath of memory around one’s girth and the charm of its ever-proliferating shops and bakeries dares them to leave. 

I found ol’ Shimla to be the living proof of what’s written in books about British summer capitals. Its curious residents and playful animals, sauntering around with blissful indifference, make for a dynamic portrait of life in a tourist hub. 

It is heartening to see that the innocence of traditional coffee shops and chai dhabas lodged inside the layers of the older Lower Bazaar hasn’t yet come in contact with the worldliness of their big-city cousins that thrive alongside the fast-growing behemoth of tourism and commerce. 

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A man goes up the stairs of Gaiety Theatre, which is part of the Town Hall complex, which is decidedly the highlight of the city’s architecture. Designed by the English architect Henry Irwin and opened for the first time in 1887, the Gothic building has a stunning stone exterior

 

Morning at the Mall, near Gaiety Theatre. It was eight in the morning, with bright sunshine, and the usual bustle of the Mall hadn’t yet started

 

Locals go about their day with a nonchalance that is unusual for tourists

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The Mall may be hurtling towards commercialization, but a lot of the old buildings where its businesses started, still house them

 

Sanjauli, as seen from a hotel-top in Lower Bazaar

 

An elderly local woman sits at a vantage point on the Ridge

 

A dog lazes in the middle of a backstreet cutting away from the Ridge

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A shopkeeper in Lower Bazaar, the rather busy ‘underbelly’ of the more recognized Mall

 

Horses soaking up some sun at the Ridge before another round of strutting around with excited family vacationers on their backs


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