Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shimla in the Himalayas

Situated at 8,250 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former summer residence of Lord Kitchener, Commander-in-Chief of the British army in India. His passion for gardening and especially the cultivation of wildflowers lead to the name Wildflower Hall.

Getting to Wildflower Hall was no small feat. We flew into Shimla airport, which is known to be one of the World's Most Dangerous Airports. This is due to its short runway atop a mountain with a man-made flat top.

 After a 90 minute drive to our hotel we settled in with thoughts of slowing down and breathing in the wonders of nature.

View of the Himalayas
from Our Hotel Room Window

The first morning we were able to enjoy hiking in the surrounding majestic forest. 

Trail View

Cedar and Pine

Great Click

Looking Back at Our Cabin in the Woods

 Route of Wild Strawberry Trail

The Short and Winding Road

Wildflower Trail

Let Me Tell You About...
and the Flowers and the Bees

Gus Under Glass

Joan, Happy After a Walk in the Woods

Lord Kitchener started something. The gardens of the hotel are well designed and spectacularly beautiful.

Seats with a View

Front Lawn and Open-Air Dining

There is a storm front approaching...stayed tuned!

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