This cultural tour of Shimla takes you from Rudyard Kipling’s childhood home to a famous Indian art gallery…
Learn about Shimla’s literary and artistic heritage on this cultural walking tour. We begin at the house where Rudyard Kipling spent some of his youth. He took Shimla out of India through his books Kim and Plain Tales from the Hills, which comment on Shimla society – what’s amazing is that he wrote these stories at such a young age. Next, we descend to the house of Mr Nirmal Varma, a famous Hindu writer whose books are studied in our schools.
The trail takes us through beautiful hillsides, surrounded by brooks and meadows, grasslands and forests. You’ll see people working in the fields and hear birds singing in the trees. At Gol Pahari, known as Haunted Hill, you’ll hear the story of the soldiers who mysteriously disappeared here – their ghosts are said to march through the forest at night.
The tour finishes at an art gallery founded by the late, legendary Indian artist Sanath Chatterjee. His work centered around mythology and cosmic power and he was known for creating the world’s longest paintings – which spanned up to 100ft – and were registered by the Guinness Book of World Records. Sanath’s son, who is also an artist, now owns the gallery and will give you a tour, explaining the different pieces on display.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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