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Bored of the daily routine, my friend and I planned for a weekend getaway post the queen of hills in winter vacation to Shimla - a serene hill station in the lap of hills. It is located at an altitude of 2276mtrs, highest in the region, even higher than Nainital. It was a spontaneous plan to spend some quality time with my friends and unwind ourselves, so we left our phones back hostel, took off for a memorable journey.
It took us around seven hours to reach our destination from Jalandhar, taking a few breaks in between at highway dhabas (food stalls) which offer delicious food at affordable rates. We didn't stop anywhere except for our meals.
Travelling through the Greenery Mountains has always been my desire - tempted with a view of the fresh mountains and blue skies. Driving was also a better option but we took the bus.
We reached in the evening and without any hotel booking. We were searching for the government guest house which is a valuable property located right on the hilltop with valley view, but couldn’t get a room. Fortunately, there are thousands of hotel options, with rooms ranging from Rs.600 -5000 and we finally arrived at Hotel Springfield, 2km away from the Shimla bus stand.
We took five hours of rest and we departed for the popular mall road of Shimla. The inordinate charm and sightseeing from mall road are beyond the vision. Then we headed for the Jakhoo temple which is mainly to worship our God Hanuman. It is situated at the top of the hills exactly seven kilometres from mall road. I was tired of climbing. Finally, after 2 hours we reached our destination but we were so thirsty. We took a little break for the drinks and rest.
At last, we went back to our hotel as we had train at night from Kalka station. It was a delightful adventure which gave us the attention towards the splendour and heritage of India. It also gave us the faith to travel in between the mountains and changed the philosophy that it is not hazardous to travel in hills as it was our first journey to a hill station.