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Old 7th February 2017, 21:39   #106
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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
Mashobra - Jakhu Temple - Shimla Mall Road - Mashobra

After getting us platform tickets we reached Shimla Railway Station Platform
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Our plan was to be there till 16:25 for the scheduled train and click some pictures.

Girls waiting

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Wifey checked out for some books to kill time
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Meanwhile I went around the station
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This is the fellow which will pull the bogies at 16:25
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Old 9th February 2017, 18:53   #107
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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
Mashobra - Jakhu Temple - Shimla Mall Road - Mashobra

More pictures from the station
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This is the fellow for the 16:25 train
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By 16:00 this guy came up

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And got the bogies to the station
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Trains at Shimla station


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Old 9th February 2017, 19:00   #108
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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
Mashobra - Jakhu Temple - Shimla Mall Road - Mashobra

More pictures of the heritage trains
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And finally the Engine makes its appearance
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It was a beautiful one
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By 16:30 we decided to get back to Mall Road for the evening.

Wifey lost in her mobile
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While exiting the railway station, a friendly taxi guy approached and asked me if I need his services. I told him to take us to Viceregal Lodge and then drop us at the Mall Road Lift. He had an alto, and we had a joyride in it!

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Old 9th February 2017, 19:16   #109
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And we reached Viceregal Lodge
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Being a Monday it was closed
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But we got a chance to go inside and have a quick peep. Did not click any pics. Building looked nice.

Oberoi nearby
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We then told the taxi guy to take us back to the lift.

We reached the lift by 17:00. There was a crowd now for the evening visit to Mall road
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Ticket rates
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And we reached Mall Road for a nice evening
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Girls were all Smiles

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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
Mashobra - Jakhu Temple - Shimla Mall Road - Mashobra

Various moods of Mall Road in the evening
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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
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And Sr. PPG gets herself a bubble maker!!
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They had fun
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Sun also slowly started saying bye for the day

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The place had a charm in the evening

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A quick check to the shopping street
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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
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Setting sun made Christ Church look beautiful
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Girls ready to leave.
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Not before a picture for the family album

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We decided to get back to the parking lot to get our car
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But then we decided to quickly be done with dinner. Birthday girl wanted a visit to KFC before we exited Mall Road.
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By 20:00 we got our car and drove back to the resort. We reached the resort by 21:00 and immediately retired for the day. A very very lazy day in Shimla Mall Road!!
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Day 03 : 2nd May 2016, Monday
Mashobra - Jakhu Temple - Shimla Mall Road - Mashobra

Route map for the day in Google
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Old 11th February 2017, 10:35   #114
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30.01.2016 Self Drive car booked.



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Awesome TL and pics. Have just started reading it and am enjoying the teaser pics.
What attracted me to your TL is that I am in a similar situation as you were.
I also started planning for my yearly vacation in Jan end and decided for May mid due to school break 😊. Am also a club Mahindra member. The difference being that I am in Gurgaon and planning a trip down south that is exact opposite to your trip.
Had a question though on the self drive car. Zoomcar are forcing me to link with. Paytm account and that they will put my refunds in the paytm account (don't like it one bit). Was it the same for you? And does it work seamlessly? and second how are they in re imbursing the fuel cost? What happens if I get fuel filled up from a pump where they don't give printed receipts? Also any specifications for the fuel receipts? Another self drive company called justride specifies that the receipts should have your name on it! 😳

This would be my first time booking a self drive car, so I am a little skeptical
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Awesome TL and pics. Have just started reading it and am enjoying the teaser pics.
What attracted me to your TL is that I am in a similar situation as you were.
I also started planning for my yearly vacation in Jan end and decided for May mid due to school break ��. Am also a club Mahindra member. The difference being that I am in Gurgaon and planning a trip down south that is exact opposite to your trip.
Had a question though on the self drive car. Zoomcar are forcing me to link with. Paytm account and that they will put my refunds in the paytm account (don't like it one bit). Was it the same for you? And does it work seamlessly? and second how are they in re imbursing the fuel cost? What happens if I get fuel filled up from a pump where they don't give printed receipts? Also any specifications for the fuel receipts? Another self drive company called justride specifies that the receipts should have your name on it! ��

This would be my first time booking a self drive car, so I am a little skeptical
Wishing you a very good trip and if you need some info on south ping me.

Wrto Zoom cars, we just need the bills. either printed or written one from the pump. When we return the car, you need to hand over the bills to the person who comes to collect the car (this option if you ask for a pickup drop), else keep it in the glove box. In my case the person came collected the bills immediately entered the same in the app, and immediately the refund was processed and approved. The same day it reflected in my Payu wallet, and three days later in my Credit card.

If Paytm is the tie up now, its fine. Refund will come and stay in the wallet account. If you don't use wallets much, there is an option to transfer money to accounts for a minimal charge.

Where are you picking up your selfdrive from? I mean which place?
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Wishing you a very good trip and if you need some info on south ping me.

Wrto Zoom cars, we just need the bills. either printed or written one from the pump. When we return the car, you need to hand over the bills to the person who comes to collect the car (this option if you ask for a pickup drop), else keep it in the glove box. In my case the person came collected the bills immediately entered the same in the app, and immediately the refund was processed and approved. The same day it reflected in my Payu wallet, and three days later in my Credit card.

If Paytm is the tie up now, its fine. Refund will come and stay in the wallet account. If you don't use wallets much, there is an option to transfer money to accounts for a minimal charge.

Where are you picking up your selfdrive from? I mean which place?

Thanks for the response. I am thinking of picking it up from the airport itself. I will fly into BLR and thinking of picking it up from there. How are the cars with Zoom? Can we push them for getting a new/clean car?
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Thanks for the response. I am thinking of picking it up from the airport itself. I will fly into BLR and thinking of picking it up from there. How are the cars with Zoom? Can we push them for getting a new/clean car?
You can request them. But if the car is not to your liking, then be prepared for the extra hours of co-ordination at the airport. That is if they agree for a replacement.
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You can request them. But if the car is not to your liking, then be prepared for the extra hours of co-ordination at the airport. That is if they agree for a replacement.
I agree with Lalu. Generally the car condition is good. If you are really fussy, then you may have to wait. Sometimes on busy long weekends you may not get it and may have to lose a day or two. Thus it is a choice one makes.
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Sorry guys, could not fork out time to update.
Will try some today evening, a drive to Hatu peak and the Zoom Car scare is coming up soon
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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
Mashobra - Theog - Narkhanda - Hatu Peak - Kotgarh - Dalan - Theog - Mashobra

We woke up early and got ready for a long drive for the day. The idea was to go to Hatu peak and on return visit the apple orchards near Thanedhar and visit Hatkoti temple before reaching back to the resort. It was going to be a really long drive and we did not want to drive in the dark.

By 06:00 all were ready and with a quick grab of breakfast, we drove out of the resort by 06:30.

We pass by Kufri Fun World
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Fagu another 2Kms

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We pass Fagu by 06:50
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Hatkoti is another 73Kms
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But we were headed towards Narkhanda
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Hatkoti is 60 odd Kms to the right

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But we go straight
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Another 29KMs
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Rampur 85kms ahead, reminds me of my innumerable drives up the hills to Spiti and Ladakh!!
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Narkhanda another 1KM
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Finally Narkhanda! It was 08:00, not bad at all!

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