Shimla, because it’s in the north and in the mountains, became the cool summer capitol of British India in the 1800’s. It has a great pedestrian mall, free of the many motorbikes and cars that clog the streets in other Indian cities. There are small shops, a bazaar with handmade items, fruit stands, lively people, horses, the Gaiety Theater (built in the 1877), and one of the few Christian Churches we saw in India (built in 1844.) A 30-minute hike above the town is the Jakhu Temple and tall statue of the monkey god Hanuman.
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