See You Soon

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.

In the fall of 2014, we visited Shimla in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, hoping to see the Himalayas without actually climbing them.  Instead, we were merely terrified passengers in the car that climbed to Shimla about 2200 meters above sea level.  (We had traveled from Amritsar to Shimla in one day, with the last three hours of the journey being  85 km of steep zig-zag road, thankfully arriving before pitch black night.)   The hotel for our three nights in Shimla was Wildflower Hall, the former residence of Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief of the British Army in India (1902-1909).  On our last night there, we found this lovely sendoff on a small table in our room.

This photo was taken on October 28, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/25 sec, 4.5 mm




Shopping in Shimla — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs.

A favorite shopping street in Shimla in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is the Lower Bazaar. It is easy to wander here from the Mall Road and there are many shops to see. In the photo below, the shop Beauty Palace on the left has sold ready-made garments since 1970 to ladies, gents, children, and babies. Expect to see Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, and more well-known brands here. Almost directly across the street is Dayal Sons, also a ready-made garment retailer.  And every other shop in view seems to be in the same business.  ( Levi’s® anyone?) Their signs are more diverse than their merchandise.

This photo was taken on October 27, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/800 sec, 4.5 mm

A healthy walk to visit Hanuman

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Healthy.

These photos were taken in Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Shimla is at an elevation of 7,467 in the foothills of the Himalayas. Featured in the British TV series The Jewel in the Crown as Pankot, Shimla was a hill station for the British Army in World War II.

In October 2014, we visited Jakhu Temple in Shimla, a temple dedicated to the monkey god, Lord Hanuman. The drive uphill to this temple on the top of Jakhu Hill, the highest point in Shimla, was terrifying.  Our guide explained that he could not find a local driver willing to drive up that hill, but the driver who brought us from Amritsar said, basically, “no problem!” As the guide said, the saying is “good driver, good brakes, good luck.” The driver went as far as practicable, and then we and our guide walked up the rest of the way, later walking back down by another route.

Pediment above entrance of Jakhu Temple

When we reached the bottom of the steps, we found this sign grading our physical fitness.  We were pleased to see that we were “absolutely fit.”

Physical Fitness Test

The Hanuman statue is 108 feet tall, orange, and visible from as far away as 6 miles.

These photos were taken on October 27, 2014, with an Olympus TG-3 camera.