ISBN 9788129112156,Shimla On Foot: Ten Walks

Shimla On Foot: Ten Walks


Raaja Bhasin


Rupa & Co



Rupa & Co

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788129112156

ISBN-10 8129112159


Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

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Explore this picturesque town from its colonial architectural remnants to the famous Mall. As the ?summer capital? of the British, Shimla saw remarkable building activity during the colonial era, and some of the finest structures of that time still stand over its seven hills. Abundant specimens of the Alpine and the Swiss Bavarian chalets, the Norman baronial style and neo-Gothic structures validate its likeness to a European town. The famous Mall with its resemblance to an English home county?s marketplace has, perhaps, one of the longest stretches of pedestrian shopping anywhere in the world; and the town of Shimla also holds what may well be one of the last urban forests ever to be found on our planet. Beauty is aplenty also in the hidden trails and picnic spots, in the surrounding forests, nearby villages and the snow-capped Himalayan peaks that Shimla offers a panoramic view of. The best way to enjoy Shimla is by walking as the oldest residents would vow and these walks are designed to take you through the town?s rich history, heritage and natural beauty. Shimla is home to Raaja Bhasin who has authored the critically acclaimed and standard history of town, Simla?The Summer Capital of British India. His town walks are famous and are described by Frommer?s India as, ?intelligent, entertaining, and exclusive?. A noted writer, he has published over a thousand articles, reviews and stories in various leading publications in India and abroad. He has handled assignments for the Government of India?s Department of Culture, the UNDP, the BBC and the Oberoi Group of Hotels. He is on the Heritage Advisory Committee and the Tourism Development Board of Himachal Pradesh and is the Managing Editor of Himachal Tourism?s magazine, Monal.