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Heritage Walks Colonial Miles   

Full Day

Tour Duration: 7 hrs.   

Walking Time: 3 hrs.

Packed with history and architecture – and enlivened by delightful anecdotes and shopping – this walk is designed to provide you with a distilled experience of Shimla.  

A half hour drop by vehicle from The Hotel leaves one on the top of Mount Jakhoo, the hill that towers over Shimla at 2455 Mts. A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman crowns the forested hill. After spending some curious moments with the monkeys that crowd the temple, a sharp descent brings one on the famous Mall, a walking promenade that offers some exquisite samples of colonial architecture as well as a plethora of shopping options. The thirty-minute walk down the western end of the Mall to the Chourda maidan through some historic buildings of the Raj Era, such as the neo-tudor building of The State Bank of India and the unusual cast iron and steel structure that once held the offices of the Railway Board and Department of Commerce. Adjoining it lies the Gorton Castle, in neo-gothic splendour, the one-time Secretariat of the Government of India. After a quick spot of lunch at The Cecil, the walk continues to the former Viceregal Lodge atop Shimla’s Observatory Hill, fifteen minutes from the hotel. Even today, colonial grandeur and nostalgia for a long-gone way of life can be experienced here in a single morning. Built on the ripples of Shimla’s western arm, this was the official residence of the British Viceroy of India. After a tour of the imposing interiors and the expansive lawns of the Lodge, step out for a short climb to the Bird Park that houses the resplendent Monal, Himachal’s State Bird. Above this aviary lies the State Museum perched on Inverarm hill, a display of Himachal’s heritage, culture and history. After a detailed tour of the artifacts on display, a quick descent leads one back to The Hotel where the walk ends.

Tour cost: Rs. 1100/- per person minimum two pax

Including: ESG and non ac transportation 

Suburban Heritage Walk   

Half Day

Tour Duration: 5 hrs.   

Walking Time: 3½hrs.    

A charming walk traversing three hills of Shimla richly endowed with the colonial grandeur of British Shimla. After breakfast at The Cecil, starts the climb to the State Museum perched on Inverarm hill, a display of Himachal’s heritage, culture and history. After a look-see, a short trail leads past Peterhoff, the initial sight of  the viceroy’s residence in an expanded English-country cottage. A tiny bird – park below houses the resplendent Monal, Himachal’s State Bird. Beyond Inverarm lies the former Viceregal Lodge atop Observatory hill. The building now houses the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and even today, colonial grandeur and nostalgia for a long–gone way of life can be experienced in a single morning. This was the official residence of the British Viceroy of India. Within its walls were marked some of the most momentous events of Indian history – including the decision to partition India. A trail past he Viceregal Lodge leads to Boileauganj, a tiny Shimla suburb and a steep climb from the bazaar leads to the top of Prospect Hill, the peak houses a tiny temple and offers a panoramic view of Shimla and its surroundings. From here we retrace our steps back to Hotel. Day free for shopping. Evening Return to The Hotel.  

Tour cost: Rs. 1100/- per person minimum two pax

Including: ESG and non ac transportation 

Himalayan Forests & Streams    

Full Day

Tour Duration: 8 hrs.   

Walking Time: 4 hrs.  

A memorable day trek that traverses through lush Himalayan forests and valleys. The trail crosses two chattering mountain streams, one with a waterfall and offers a glimpse of a few traditional Himachali villages. In all, a delightful and comprehensive introduction to the Himalayas, packaged into a eight-hour experience.  

The trek starts at Potters Hill, a forty-minute drive from The hotel. From here, we descend through resplendent Oak and Rhododendron groves to Chadwick Falls, a waterfall trundling over a cliff in the Summer Hill gorge. A level walk from the falls and a stride across a ridge at the village of Sanog starts the sharp descent to the tiny hamlet of Chamoh, an ancient village situated amidst picturesque terraced fields at the beginning of the Glen valley. Here we meet the Glen rivulet and trace it upstream through some enchanting forests and breathtakingly beautiful glades, the silence only being punctuated by the constant chattering of the stream or the calls of the plethora of bird-life found here. The enchanting beauty of Glen entices one to halt and savour a well-deserved picnic hamper accompanied by some delightful bird watching. After lunch and some rest starts the ascent back to the Hotel.   

Tour cost: Rs. 1300/- per person minimum two pax

Including: ESG and non ac transportation 

 

 
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