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Himalaya

Day 32: Chandigarh to Shimla

Michael Palin - Himalaya'Indian Railways is the biggest employer in the world, you know. We move ten million people a day, over 6000 kilometres of track.' He dabs a handkerchief at his forehead, then tucks it in his pocket and produces a small scrapbook.

'You want to film the viaduct?' he asks. 'You can do that.'

He opens the book to reveal a grainy photograph of the railway line running over a multi-storey stone bridge, and holds it up to the camera.

'There,' he smoothes down the page, 'you film that.'

'We'd rather film the real thing,' says Nigel with a trace of irritation. The stationmaster, undeterred, riffles through the pages.

'Look at that!' he holds the book up again. A wintry scene of the same viaduct. 'That is snow!'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 32: Chandigarh to Shimla
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: Kalka
  • Book page no: 71

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