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Himalaya

Day 32: Chandigarh to Shimla

Michael Palin - HimalayaOn the steep street outside the station there is a chaos of drivers, passengers and vehicles manoeuvring in an impossibly small space. Once away from this bottleneck our taxi crawls slowly round the side of the hill and along the Mall until we reach the Cecil Hotel.

This famous Shimla landmark has been extensively and, I should imagine, expensively, restored.

The room is lovely and, as darkness falls, I just want to throw open the balcony doors and taste the freshest air since we left the mountain valleys of the Karakoram.

As soon as I do so my telephone rings and I'm politely but firmly requested not to, as monkeys will get into my room. Monkeys are a big problem, they assure me. Big enough to install sensors in my tall, tempting balcony doors to sound an alarm whenever I open them.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 32: Chandigarh to Shimla
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: Shimla
  • Book page no: 73

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