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  • Shimla's main post office is impossible to miss with its vibrant white-n-red color scheme and distinctive colonial design. width:550;;height:480
  • The main promenade is lined by all sorts of attractive colonial British architecture, making Shimla look much more like England than India. width:640;;height:480
  • From a distance, you'd never guess the ridgetop town is filled with grand buildings of a by-gone time and culture. width:640;;height:432
  • Even from a closer view of town, its colonial attractions aren't evident. width:640;;height:480
  • In town a sign clearly marks all the historic colonial buildings, complete with construction dates. width:552;;height:480
  • Beautiful Gorton Castle sits on a small hillock a few minutes' walk from the main town plaza. It now serves as the State Accountant-General's Office. width:640;;height:480
  • Another attractive tudor building in town. width:640;;height:480
  • Shimla's famous Indian Coffee Shop, run by the Indian Coffee Workers Co-operative Society, is a time-honored and atmospheric Shimla tradition. They serve up coffees, breakfasts and Indian favorites. width:527;;height:480
  • The waiters sport these dramatic uniforms. width:354;;height:480
  • Christ Church is one of Shimla's main landmarks, located on the main ridge plaza. It's the second oldest church in India. width:360;;height:480
  • 'The Ridge' is Shimla's main plaza and gathering point for visitors. The city has set out dozens of benches for people to sit and watch the world go by. width:640;;height:472
  • On weekends, dozens of gorgeous horses are on hand to give rides to tourists, mostly young children, who are paraded briefly around The Ridge. width:640;;height:480
  • Vast sweeping views of distant Himalayan peaks are a highlight of The Ridge, but can also be seen from many other spots around Shimla. width:640;;height:359
  • Amazingly, Shimla is an entirely smoking free city! No cigarettes allowed! I LlKE it! width:640;;height:480
  • Spitting is also discouraged in the state capital. width:640;;height:480
  • Another unique colonial building located along the upper road. width:640;;height:402
  • View of buildings spreading down Shimla's steep mountain slopes. width:640;;height:480
  • Stunning Viceregal Lodge sits on a separate hilltop about 3 km from The Ridge. It now serves as the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Visitors can join a short guided tour of the main inner hallway and several main floor rooms. width:640;;height:480
  • Tudor buildings situated at the entry gate to Viceregal Lodge property. width:614;;height:480
  • Shimla's famous UNESCO Heritage Listed 'toy train' was built by the British to more easily access Shimla during the hot summer months. The railroad is an amazing engineering feat with over 900 bridges and 103 tunnels. width:640;;height:480
  • The original wooden trains still ply the tracks every day in both directions between Shimla and Kalka, situated at the base of the mountains. width:640;;height:480
  • Passing through one of 103 tunnels. width:640;;height:480
  • At Shimla station passengers ready for retiring can find just the rooms they need. width:640;;height:480
  • Shimla Train Station announces passengers' arrival with a lovely bright yellow sign in both <br />English and Hindi. width:640;;height:480
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