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A Journey to Shimla free pdf In 1891, the railway line to Kalka from Ambala was opened but it took a couple of years more to begin work on the Kalka Shimla Railway. The burning heat of Indian summers made people sweaty during the whole of the journey from Calcutta, now Kolkata, to Kalka. The wooden box like railway compartments which had no fans fitted and air conditioning was just a dream, creaked, rattled and bumped while moving on the steel rails and puffed hot wind through its window openings, keeping the travelers humid. Building a railway track in the hills was a great challenge for the Scottish Engineers. But it was nothing in front of their attraction for the hills. Shimla, the former Summer Capital of British India, and now a famous tourist destination, came up exactly 200 years ago from now. The British officers had moved up to the hills to fight against Gurkhas, who actually were expanding their dynasties in these hills and had caused a big trouble for the local rulers. On the invitation of the local rulers British army moved up and fought against Gurkhas, defeated them and expelled them completely. Shyamala as it was called then, grabbed their attention and they decided to set up a resort here. With time a large population began to move up to the hills and Shimla developed as per their requirement. It was really a challenge to move up to the hills in the absence of road, initially the best way to move up was to walk up of ride. Before the road from Kalka to Shimla was constructed, in the middle of the nineteenth century, it was difficult to travel to Shimla with all the paraphernalia loaded on camels or country carts. One family would carry all their clothing, plate chest, bonnet boxes, boxes containing books, folding chairs, cane chairs, saddle stand, mackintosh sheets, books, iron cots, tea table, pans, other utensils, screens, lamps, lanterns, hanging wardrobes, house linen, casks containing ornaments, ice-pails, door mats, crockery in the casks, filter pardah, bamboos, tennis poles, hot cases, milk safe, baby's tub and stand, sewing machine, fender, irons, water cans, pitchers, boxes containing saddler, kitchen utensils, carpets, drawing room sundries, servant's cots, iron bath, cheval glass and plate baskets. All the above was divided among nearly eleven or twelve camels or could be loaded on four or five country carts. More than four bullocks were required to pull one cart for the uphill journey. Cows also accompanied the family and every morning the journey would start after milking them.

About Sumit Raj Vashisht

Sumit, better known as Summit is the eldest son of a Late Railway Mechanical Engineer and on the other hand an Urdu poet. He was born in Shimla, a railway quarter that had been alloted to his father, below Shimla Railway Station, in 1967 and his love for Shimla was born with him. He is a tourism professional, qualified from Delhi University and runs a Walking Tour Company called Shimla Walks. Sumit is a writer as well and a published author with four book to his credit. A Journey to Shimla - by Toy Train is his fifth book and to complete his research on it he walked, all alone, along the railway track, from Shimla to Kalka. He is the first one to start Cemetery Tourism in Himachal Pradesh. Many British return to Shimla looking for their family history and looking at this prospective he has highlighted the Cemeteries in Shimla through by blogs and online articles. Has written many articles on my travels in various magazines and online. Introduced Heritage Walks in Shimla. His walks were also mentioned by the daily newspaper 'Times of India' and many other online portals. He is the first one in his State who got mentioned in the Number one Guide Book - 'Lonely Planet'. Recently was engaged in writing a book on Case Studies of ACC Cement Factory Barmana, well supported by Times of India. Have been invited as a Guest Lecturer for Guide Training program recently conducted by Municipal Corporation Shimla. Has appeared in many Travel Shows on Star News and Fox History. The best appearance is in the program called 'It Happens Only in India on Fox History Channel, telling the story of Barog tunnel. The program was on air in February 2010. Was also selected to Support Mr. Robin Bousted in 2011, recommended by Mr. Maninder Kohli - son of Captain M. S. Kohli, the first Indian to climb Everest. Robin was on his way to cross the entire length of Indian Western Himalayas from Nepal till Ladakh. The entire trek was completed in 3 months. He can be contacted through his website www.shimlawalks.com

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Author : Sumit Raj Vashisht
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 25 August 2015
ISBN : 1503142566
EAN : 9781503142565
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 112 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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