Toy train to the hills

A trip to the hills is always special but when it happens on the famous toy train that runs from Chandigarh to the Summer Capital of the erstwhile British Empire in India, Shimla, it’s even more so. Though I have not recently visited Shimla, these pictures from 2008 show the beauty along the journey and…

Carpet of pine

These large pine trees, so common in the hills of Northern India, typically thrive at high altitudes and present a beautiful ‘looking up’ sight in the summer months. Strangely, though, during winters, they are listless and droopy, perhaps shivering in extremely cold conditions and the ‘weight’ of constant snowfall. This picture was taken during an…

Picturing the Church

I love these rather ghostly and surreal images of the Christ Church, Shimla. I remember back in the day, when these pictures were taken on a foggy evening, I did not have a proper camera, no tripod, no proper lighting and no real knowledge of how to take a good night shot. But I went…

The Church on the Hill

One of the most ‘period’ places I have seen is the small little town of Kasauli, tucked away in the hills of Solan District in India’s Himachal Pradesh state. And, in Kasauli, there is no more quainter a place than the old Christ Church, established in 1844. Nearly 200 years old, this place of worship…