Last year, in
the month of December, I went to Shimla with my
parents. One of my father's friend also went
with us along with his family. We went there by
Kalka Mail. Our train departed from the Howrah
Station at 7.40 p.m. We reached Kalka about 5.30
a.m. From there we took a toy train to Shimla.
The journey by the toy train was quite thrilling. The train went through 108 tunnels. Oh, what a ride we had! At about 11 a.m. in the morning we reached the Shimla station. It was a beautiful station. Our driver was waiting outside the station for us. He drove us to our hotel. We were very tired because of the long train journey, so that day we rested in the hotel.
The next day early in the morning we went to Kalpa and stayed there for two nights. It was a very beautiful place. Our hotel was surrounded by apple orchards. We had a very clear view of snow-capped mountains from our hotel. Then the next day we went to Kaza. This place is referred to as mini Afghanistan. The mountains there were very steep and dangerous to climb. Even the road route to that place was precariously dangerous. Never mind, we took all that in our stride. Every journey teaches us something important in life! We stayed there for two nights and then went to Manali. Manali is a very wonderful place. We enjoyed the rest of our stay there for about four days. After that, we went to Kullu, where there was the pashmina shawl factory. The pashmina shawl is famous all over the world. Then from Kullu we came back to New Delhi by car and finally by train back to Kolkata.
It was truly a memorable trip I ever had.