Living in Shimla, the famous North Indian hill station, comes with challenges. Sure, we are living in the lap of nature, amongst majestic mountains. Yes, the weather is wonderful throughout the year. Of course, the pace of life is incredibly leisurely. And to get from one place to another, you must be ready to walk. (Read about more walks, here).
It is one of the highlights of my life here. Walking trails are incredibly interesting, and there are so many ways to get from one place to another. I mean so many paths, shortcuts and stairs. Everyday I choose a different path to get to the same place.
Recently, I visited the famous Kali Bari temple in Shimla. These were the Navratras, the nine day festival dedicated to the Goddess Durga and her various avatars. The temple is thronged by devotees all through the nine days. The approach to the temple is lined by small shops set up to cater to the need of the devotees to buy offerings-flowers, prasad, bangles etc.
The entire area resonated with religious hymns or bhajans. Being a part of the multitude was exhilarating for once.
Prayers offered, I was free to explore the area, the previously unpassed roads (unpassed by me, that is), streets and trails.
Some paths were so steep that there were stairs alongside for help in walking.
I encountered beautiful British era architecture, some old buildings in disrepair and abandoned.
The walk from the temple left me glad.