We reached Simla from Kalka at around 11:00 AM on 3-Dec-2018. We had taken the Toy Train from Kalka – Shivalik Express.
Shivalik Express is like Shatabdi. It is not an Air Conditioned Train. However, between Kalka and Simla, it has only one stop. Here, they load the food to be served to the passengers. As our train was early in the morning, they served breakfast to us.
On reaching Simla, we took a taxi and went to our hotel – Hotel Radisson Jazz. At the hotel, we were received by Miss Apoorva. She was most hospitable. After checking in, I requested her to arrange a car so that we could go to Tara Devi. Apoorva did so and told us that the car would also take us to a Ram Mandir on the way back.
Tara Devi is about 20 KM from our Hotel. Back in 1990, when I worked in Simla, I along with my friends had trekked to Tara Devi from Simla (We stayed in PWD Guest House, very close to the Chief Minister’s Residence).
It took us about 1 hour to reach Tara Devi Temple. I was surprised to see that this place had completely changed since I had come here nearly 29 years back. Back in 1990, it was a small temple on top of the hill. However, now, it was a huge Temple Complex.