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Sunday, 12 June 2011

Wildflower Hall and the forest in Shimla

If you are looking for a special place to stay in Shimla go to Wildflower Hall. it is quite exceptionally beautiful.Others appreciated its unique location when it was built as a residence circa 1876.

A picture of the original house and one of the subsequent hotel.
The original house was burnt down and the second residence built was where Lord Kitchener stayed. He developed the extensive gardens but this house was demolished and a three story hotel was built which suffered a similar fate as the first and it was destroyed by fire in 1993. The present building was constructed in 1995 and is the perfect luxurious getaway from the summer heat of the city.The rooms are wonderfully comfortable, the staff is one of the best trained and most obliging I have met and the hotel is run by a charming couple who are very willing to share all of Shimla's charms with you.
The present day hotel
 The wildflowers in the garden
 The view from our room
 The wonderful jacuzzi and the view from its vanishing edge
 The beautiful indoor heated pool
 Some happy customers
 An even happier one. He stole the oranges from our room and then sat on the edge of the verandah and ate them greedily
Un unknown species
 A hedge blue seen on one of our walks
 The cedar forests are the most extensive in the Far East
 A giant Malabar Squirrel
 
Enjoying the views, the fauna and flora and the mountain air.

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