A Day Exploring Shimla’s Mall Road

During a relaxing holiday in Mashobra with my family, we spent a day in the busy town of Shimla. While my parents and sister went to the Radha Soami Satsang in Shimla, I set out for an extended exploration through the famous Mall Road. Here’s a photo essay of the escapade.

Mall Road, the upmarket shopping street in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh was obviously different from what I remember on our visit, over ten years ago. While it was much less quaint, much more crowded, I did manage to catch a few glimpses of her old world charm.

Brands of Mall Road as seen from the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
Brands of Mall Road as seen from the Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

 

School Kids in Shimla Mall Road
While a lot of Mall Road has changed, what with most of the latest brands occupying prime space at the stores, this sight is a classic – School Kids in Shimla Mall Road. The kids were just about leaving for lunch when they obliged me with a giggly and happy candid picture. 

 

Maria Brothers Mall Road
I waited for this book store to open for quite a while, even though it said on the board they would open post lunch, no one came by for at least a few hours. I called on the numbers mentioned on the board, but received no answer at the other end. I wanted to check it out for the intriguing old world charm and the rare maps and books they claimed to have. 
They did not open so I ended up heading to the nearby Minerva Book House and stocked up on quite a few of Ruskin Bond's nature themed books. The Mall still has some of its legendary stores - including a hand-made leather shoe store of yore run by  a 4th generation Chinese man.  I know if I stayed back I would have found quite a few more gems and perhaps traced a bit of Shimla's history through them too. 
They did not open so I ended up heading to the nearby Minerva Book House and stocked up on quite a few of Ruskin Bond’s nature themed books. The Mall still has some of its legendary stores – including a hand-made leather shoe store of yore run by  a 4th generation Chinese man.  I know if I stayed back I would have found quite a few more gems and perhaps traced a bit of Shimla’s history through them too.
Shimla Public libraries
While looking up through all the things I wanted to explore around Shimla’s Mall Road, I really wanted to spend some time here – at the Shimla Library. I walked in and was promptly stalled by the librarian with a stern, “ONLY FOR MEMBERS.” I did try reasoning with her that I just wanted to take a round of the place, but alas..

 

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
So after being shooed away from the library, my feet took me to the beautifully restored Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, where I was lucky to see the dress rehearsal of a school play!

 

Wake and Bake Cafe Mall Road Shimla
Worth a mention is this calm in the chaos – Wake & Bake Cafe, great food, good wifi and a super view of  Mall road, I happily finished a minestrone soup, a banoffee pie and a book on travels by Roald Dahl. They have a nice, inclusive community culture too with information, contests and posters about other social, cultural and funky things happening around town.
A Day Exploring Shimla’s Mall Road

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  • December 24, 2016 at 5:57 am
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