Visual Diary: A Winter’s Night on Shimla’s Mall Road

Earlier this month, I ran for the hills – quite literally – fleeing Delhi (and its toxic Diwali smog) for Shimla. The crisp winter air was invigorating as I walked along Mall Road and the Ridge, taking in the surroundings. People gathered outside popular local eateries, busied themselves with shopping, gazed at watercolour paintings displayed at the Gaiety and enjoyed late-night strolls around Christ Church.

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Shimla has been conferred the sobriquet, ‘Queen of the Hills’; the mix of old-timey small shops, unpretentious local restaurants, colonial architecture and sprawling mountain views makes it a uniquely charming city.

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