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A Motorbike Ride to the Queen of Hills – Shimla

I believe life is empty for those who do not often travel and visit different places. Traveling is the treasure of my life. I love to give my full efforts and enjoy each and every moment while I meet new people and explore new places on my beauty- TVS Apache.

As always, this time too, I was quite excited about my journey as me and three of my friends decided to ride to Shimla via the Chandigarh-Shimla highway.

Our route was well-planned and we decided to pit stop at two major towns Parwanoo and Solan before our final destination, Shimla.

Finally, after a week of planning and shelving, our most awaited journey began on the 22nd of January 2018…

We filled our backpack with all the necessary things that we might need during the journey and also got our motorbikes serviced. We were all happy and excited for our 2-day trip as we were desperate to take a nice break from our hectic work schedule.

I always enjoy riding in the morning due to low traffic and excellent weather. So, although it was the peak of winters, we set out on our bikes sharp at 6 AM, switched on its fog lights and wore bright jackets for better visibility.

The first place we halted at was Parwanoo, famous for its Timber Trail Ride and an ecstatic resort. Parwanoo is not too far, but we took our time and rode slowly due to the freezing temperature. We took over an hour to cover 35 Km of distance.

Parwanoo

Timber Trail

Pic courtesy: http://www.timbertrail.in/

We directly headed towards the booking counter for the Rope Way ride. We were at the resort in about 20-30 minutes. After a sumptuous breakfast, we captured some beautiful pictures and then moved towards our next destination, Solan.

TimberTrail Resort

Pic courtesy: http://www.timbertrail.in/

Solan (38.7 Km via Kalka Shimla Road).

Solan is a beautiful place near Shimla which boasts of the unparalleled beauty of nature.

First and foremost we visited the Kuthar Fort, which dates back to the British era. If you ever plan on visiting Shimla, you must visit this en route palace in Solan to get a good look at some beautiful architecture and artwork.

Kuthar Fort

Pic courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuthar

Next, we moved on to the Menri Monastery founded by Abbot Lungtog Tenpai Nyima in the year 1969. Many believers gather here to participate in various religious ceremonies.

Menri Monastery

Pic courtesy: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/219128338098862557/

Another important place of visit in Solan is the Shoolini Mata Temple which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga.

Shoolini Mata Temple

Pic courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maa_Shoolini

I am sure you have heard about the Nalagarh Palace in H.P. It is famous for its grandeur location and building. By the time we reached there, it was almost noon so as soon as we covered the palace, we moved out for a quick bite before heading to our next destination Shimla.

Nalagarh Palace

Pic courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalagarh

Shimla  (46.1 Km NH5 from Solan)

By the time we reached Shimla, and it was close to nightfall so we decided to directly head for the hotel, “Wildflower Hall Hotel” in Charabara, Shimla. It is one of the premier hotels at Shimla and has a very nice ambiance. We planned to explore Kufri the next morning.

Wild Flower Hall Hotel

Pic courtesy: https://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-shimla-wfh/gallery

A Motorbike Ride to the Queen of Hills – Shimla

The next morning at 7 am, we all were ready to ride to Kufri, a small hill station very close to Shimla which is famous for trekking, hiking trails, and a nice picnic spot. Well, it was our lucky day as we had the blessings to enjoy snowfall on our way to Kufri.

The road was a bit slippery, due to rain and snowfall, but we were ready with all our motorbike gears to be absolutely safe.

Kufri

After having great fun at Kufri, we parked our motorbikes nearby and trekked to Jakhoo Temple, dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Hanuman.

Jakhoo Temple

Pic courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakhoo

It was almost evening by the time we reached Christ Church, the second oldest church in North India. The ridge looked beautiful under the backdrop of dark blue sky.

Christ Church

We also roamed around the Mall Road and looked around for some shopping at the famous Lakkar Bazar, known for its handcrafted wooden work. I picked up a few key rings and show pieces as souvenirs.

Lakkar Bazar

Pic courtesy: https://www.localguidesconnect.com/t5/Travel-and-Advice/Top-things-to-do-in-Shimla/td-p/714802

We ended our day after paying a visit to KaliBari Temple, a religious spot dedicated to Goddess Kali.

Post our spiritual visit at KaliBari, we stopped by at Cafe Shimla Times at the Mall Road for some light snacks and moved back to our hotel for a good night rest for our journey back home the next day.

KaliBari Temple

Pic courtesy: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kalibari_temple_shimla.JPG

All in all, our trip was stupendously filled with the wonderful experience of seeing new places and meeting many people from the Queen of Hills – Shimla.

So, have you been to Shimla yet? Which is your favorite hill station in India? Do share with us, we would love to hear from you.

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About Ankhi

Ankhi is a wanderer at heart and a biker with a passion for penning down meaningful words. Despite a successful career in Finance, Ankhi soon found that she preferred writing stories that can help other bikers like her.

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