At the end of October I made a very short trip to Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This charming city lies in the hills of the south-western range of the Himalayas. It was the Summer capital of the British Raj from 1864 to 1939. During the hot season, the entire government of India moved here to escape the harsh weather conditions of the plains.
It is a pleasure to walk around this town since traffic has been banned in some of the central streets. Besides, Shimla displays excellent examples of the British colonial architecture, like Christ Church and the Gaiety Theater.
Jakhu temple, dedicated to the god Hanuman, is one of the main attractions of Shimla. It is located in a hilltop and it takes between 30 minutes to one hour to reach it, depending on your physical condition. The hike is worth it! There is 33 meters tall statue of the god and hundreds of monkeys are roaming around. It is very entertaining.