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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).

Route Map from Simla to Tara Devi
Route Map from Simla to Tara Devi

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.

We had to climb a number of steps to reach this point. At this point, we had to leave our belongings and climb up to the Temple.
We had to climb a number of steps to reach this point. At this point, we had to leave our belongings and climb up to the Temple.
Ranoo ready to visit the Tara Devi Temple
Ranoo ready to visit the Tara Devi Temple
The main gate to the Temple
The main gate to the Temple
One is not allowed to carry anything made of Leather inside the Temple. We all had to remove our shoes (which is required in any Hindu Temple). However, I had to take out my Belt as well. I stayed back when Deepshree and Ranoo went to the Temple. When they returned, I gave my purse to them and then went to the Temple. I also left my leather bag with Deepshree and Ranoo.
There are lots of benches where we could keep our things and also relax
There are lots of benches where we could keep our things and also relax
Ranoo in front of the Main Gate
Ranoo in front of the Main Gate
Ranoo
Ranoo
There are lots of monkeys at this Temple premises
There are lots of monkeys at this Temple premises
The main Tara Devi Temple Building
The main Temple Building
The Tara Devi Temple Building from another angle
The Tara Devi Temple Building from another angle
Ranoo at the Tara Devi Temple Complex
Ranoo at the Tara Devi Temple Complex
Photography is prohibited inside the Tara Devi Temple. However, one can click photographs outside the Temple
Photography is prohibited inside the Tara Devi Temple. However, one can click photographs outside the Temple

The majestic Himalayas in the background

Sunset at Tara Devi
Sunset at Tara Devi
Another view of the Sunset
Another view of the Sunset
Selfie in the Dusk
Selfie in the Dusk
Back near where we parked our car
Back near where we parked our car
Another Selfie
Another Selfie
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