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Day 01: 30th April 2016, Saturday
Bangalore -> Delhi -Ambala - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli -Shimla - Mashobra

Some more pictures from Kalka Railway Station

I always collect the pictures of Post office board with Pin codes. My photo collection of such pin code photos probably can go in for an exhibition.

Kalka Railway Mail Service office
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Girls are obviously thinking I have gone nuts

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Eco Sport waiting for us
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Exiting Kalka Railway Station



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Default Re: Himachal Pradesh: Summer Holidays on the hills, exploring touristy spots & some hidden gems

Day 01: 30th April 2016, Saturday
Bangalore -> Delhi -Ambala - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli -Shimla - Mashobra


Immediately outside Kalka Railway station is the Baptist Church of Kalka. We paid a visit there before moving on.


Baptist Church, Kalka
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Wifey at the Church.
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She doesn't look tired at all considering we started the day at 03:00AM, took a flight and was driving for almost 6.5 hours by now.


It was time to say bye to Haryana for the day
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Exiting Haryana. Kalka downtown and HR HP border


That Green building under the tree is where you pay taxes for Haryana State. Since Zoom car already has it covered, you can skip visiting them on return.

Haryana Road Tax Collection Center
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Welcome to Devbhoomi Himachal
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We are in Himachal Pradesh It was 15:30 hours
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You can see HP toll collection ahead

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But we had to pay Road Tax for Himachal before proceeding.

The green building on the left is HP Road Tax collection center
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But the tax collection guy went to the right building for a nap, since nobody was paying for the day!!

I went in search of him there
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He was quickly finishing his lunch and told me he would come over in 10 minutes. I wandered around the border checking out the place.

I found a tank exhibited nearby
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HP Road Tax and Toll Booth
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Eco Sport waiting at the HP Toll gate

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PPGs are right. Eco Sport definitely looks cool
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After a hurried lunch he came running tom me and we did the formalities. It was very quick a receipt for the payment and we are all done. He informed me for the day not much taxis have taken the receipts. He mentioned it could be either the season is dull, or they have the tax already paid, since here the taxes are for a quarter, and not like the daily ones in Punjab. It was approximately Rs600for a quarter. For me since it was May, the receipt was valid till End June.


Entering Himachal Pradesh and the Road Tax and Toll Booths



By 15:45 we were on Himachal roads our way to Shimla
Pretty good timing with relaxed driving from Delhi.

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Default Re: Himachal Pradesh: Summer Holidays on the hills, exploring touristy spots & some hidden gems

Day 01: 30th April 2016, Saturday
Bangalore -> Delhi -Ambala - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli -Shimla - Mashobra

Some glimpses from the route



We saw one of the tunnels for the toy train
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We crossed the track also
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Tunnel and Level Crossing


Parked Eco sport to take some pictures near this tunnel, since we will not be returning in this road again in this trip
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Nice tree with yellow flowers lit in the setting sun
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Tunnel and the road
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Track, Tunnel and road
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Tunnel and track

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Some pictures for memory near Tunnel 16
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Track and the road
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Default Re: Himachal Pradesh: Summer Holidays on the hills, exploring touristy spots & some hidden gems

Day 01: 30th April 2016, Saturday
Bangalore -> Delhi -Ambala - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli -Shimla - Mashobra

We saw a board stating Kasauli 14Km to left

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Since we were doing good time we decided to take a look.
It was 16:40 hours
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Left Turn to Kasauli
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Another 5Kms
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It was an uninspiring drive, so was getting impatient. Almost 1 Km before Kasauli there seemed to be a pile up. I took that chance and turned back. Quite a wasteful expenditure of time. It was 16:55, 15 minutes for the climb. Another 15 minutes to come down. Overall 30 minutes wasted. I was OK since it was summer, sunlight would be there till 19:00 at least. We still have 2 more hours of sunlight.

Pile up
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Turned back and the started descent

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Reached back the circle
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Took left to Shimla
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We reached Solan, Shimla yet another 40+ Kms
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The drive to Kasauli and back




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Default Re: Himachal Pradesh: Summer Holidays on the hills, exploring touristy spots & some hidden gems

Day 01: 30th April 2016, Saturday
Bangalore -> Delhi -Ambala - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli -Shimla - Mashobra

We drove on towards Shimla.

We were shocked to see smoke near the highway
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A light forest fire near the highway



But it was really bad in the state those days

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/52036013.cms
http://indianexpress.com/article/ind...-forest-rural/



We were almost in Shimla. Shimla was another 3Kms ahead. But since we were booked in Mashobra, we took the Shimla Bypass.

Taking Shimla Bye pass to Mashobra.
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Left is Shimla 3Kms and right is Shimla Bypass, which joins after Dhalli Tunnel. Good if we have to go ahead of Shimla.

We go under a hotel !!

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Entering Shimla and taking bypass





I was pleasantly driving in the bypass when I saw many cars turning left and leaving the bypass. Almost no vehicle went ahead. This made me confused. It was all dark and I too took the plunge of taking that left turn with other cars.

While writing this log, I checked google maps as to what was happening. From the map it is clear that I should have continued ahead on the bypass till Dhalli tunnel exit. But I have taken a short cut to get inside Shimla and then join the Circular road and then to Dhalli Tunnel.

Should have continued on the bypass
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The left turn took us to Chotta Shimla and joined the Circular road

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But the ordeal was far more dramatic than this small detour on the maps. The short cut of this 1 kms to Circular road was through crowded narrow streets with two way traffic with steep gradients touching higher figures at places. It was a nightmare to negotiate this 1 Kms. I cannot explain, please see the video. I have kept GPS profiling on which will give you a sense of gradient (the steep climb) and also the track on the video itself.

OMG!! What an ordeal this was! Joining Circular Road from Shimla Bypass

Crowds, on coming traffic, steep gradient and head lamps. I wouldn't want this combination ever again!!


After joining Circular road, we drove ahead to join Sanjauli chowk and then ahead to Dhalli Tunnel. Since it was after 20:00 hours the one way rules there were lifted and we could go towards Dhalli tunnel.

We went ahead to Dhalli tunnel
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Through Dhalli tunnel



Had we continued on the bypass, we would have joined the junction just after the exit of Dhalli tunnel. Since it was 20:00 hours the traffic was a bit less, and not being on the bypass had not costed us much except for the ordeal at that shortcut.

We had to take a left to Club Mahindra Mashobra
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Left to the resort from the highway

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The last mile to Club Mahindra Mashobra


We reached the resort by 20:30 hours. We were quickly given the rooms and we settled in immediately.



It was quite nice to see the bed finally!!
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What a day it was. Having started at 03:00AM from Bangalore, flying into Delhi and driving for 12 hours, traversing multiple states, and finally hitting the bed at a resort in Mashobra Himachal Pradesh!! I couldn't have asked for more

And that's how we reached Himachal Pradesh. The next days is going to be exploring Himachal Pradesh place by place and trying to avoid the crowds and traffic.

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Day 01: 30th April 2016, Saturday
Bangalore -> Delhi -Ambala - Panchkula - Kalka - Kasauli -Shimla - Mashobra

Day 01 Route map on Google
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Day 01 GPS trail for reference
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Great to see you and PPGs back on the travelogue thread. Great start and great snaps (doesn't seems you are missing your DSLR). Waiting for more to unfold.
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Excellent and very detailed travelogue sir. The teasers pics made me stick to this thread.
Awaiting the further updates of the trip.
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Great to see you and PPGs back on the travelogue thread. Great start and great snaps (doesn't seems you are missing your DSLR). Waiting for more to unfold.

Its been a while, I know. Better late than never.
Mobile Camera seems to be doing the job quite good


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Excellent and very detailed travelogue sir. The teasers pics made me stick to this thread.
Awaiting the further updates of the trip.
Thanks.
The day 2 videos are getting a look now. once I sort them and upload, I will start with Day 2 logs.
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Amazing photos, videos & narration, it never appeared that you were in any sort of hurry.

Can you share more details about the stuff you use?
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Amazing photos, videos & narration, it never appeared that you were in any sort of hurry.

Can you share more details about the stuff you use?
Thanks Turbonator

I use Garmin Etrex 30x for my GPS needs, driving as well as treks and cycling. It also has India maps loaded and it is possible to do do navigation, but rarely use it for that. I mostly use it to record tracks.

I use Garmin DasCam 35 as a dash camera.
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But the ordeal was far more dramatic than this small detour on the maps. The short cut of this 1 kms to Circular road was through crowded narrow streets with two way traffic with steep gradients touching higher figures at places. It was a nightmare to negotiate this 1 Kms. I cannot explain, please see the video.
I know exactly what you experienced. My uncle lives in this area (near turn at 2.33 in your video), so I have travelled on this road many times. Driving here is really difficult specially when pedestrian occupy part of the road. For localities its daily routine to drive on such narrow steep roads so its doesn't bother them much.
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I know exactly what you experienced. My uncle lives in this area (near turn at 2.33 in your video), so I have travelled on this road many times. Driving here is really difficult specially when pedestrian occupy part of the road. For localities its daily routine to drive on such narrow steep roads so its doesn't bother them much.
I returned to this road next day to check it out on another drive. The darkness and headlights added to the whole episode, otherwise its a breeze once you know the terrain. To me the first time it just me unaware
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Awesome TL! Inspiring pics, and the fact that you were in an Ecosport gives me a boost to do the same in my Black Mamba at the first possible opportunity! Thanks for the details, will want to seek your advice when plans afoot.
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Awesome TL! Inspiring pics, and the fact that you were in an Ecosport gives me a boost to do the same in my Black Mamba at the first possible opportunity! Thanks for the details, will want to seek your advice when plans afoot.
Do give me a shout when you are finalizing your plans. Eco Sport did it quite well. I especially liked the small turning radius on tight scenes
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