Category Archives: Shimla

CSC Team Interaction Day and Departure for Shimla

This morning we met in 711 (team room) along with other teams (except for Cathy, Kazu and Eduardo who had to go do a client presentation).  We discussed our projects and finalized our SOW objectives and planned the work for the upcoming weeks.  After work the team split up, 8 of us were departing for Shimla by van, 3 going to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and 1 staying back in Ludhiana.  I was part of the Shimla trip.  The van was comfortable and the drive up to the mountains relatively uneventful (except for a stop at McDonalds, which none of us were crazy about)…. but then the fun began.

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We arrived at foot of the mountains when it was dark.  The road was turn after turn, all cars were on high beams, there were people, monkeys, scooters and oncoming traffic of course.  This did not seem to faze anyone as they were all still passing, even on the turns not knowing what is around the corner.  We stopped once for chai, and then continued to the Royal Oaks Hotel in Shimla.  We got there around 10 and by that time it was very cold.  To our surprise the rooms were also cold.  Apparently most hotels there do not have central heating and we were offered heaters instead (they were not hot enough though).  Since it was too late to go out and eat we just took out all our snacks and made a “snack buffet” out of one of the tables.  We warmed up with some drinks and went to sleep under very thick blankets.

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Shimla

We woke up around 9am and headed to the restaurant upstairs for breakfast.  The breakfast was simple but good.

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Right after breakfast we got dressed and departed for a long trek to the Jakhoo Temple which was at the top of a mountain.

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There were many monkeys at the temple, ready to attack at any moment.  We toured the temple and came back down to the town.

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For lunch we went to the Wake and Bake cafe where we had some very delicious food.

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For dinner we went to a “bar” where everything was extremely spicy.

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DSCN0675 DSCN0676We did some shopping and then headed back to the hotel where everyone right away got on “wi-fi” to alleviate the connection withdrawal symptoms.

Here are some videos from Shimla:

Christ Church – http://youtu.be/0svT73XR1Ac
Shimla Monkey – http://youtu.be/qo0eJbrZ9QY
Shimla Panorama – http://youtu.be/z1fdvIW7NbQ

That night we had lots of fun and everyone went to sleep exhausted after a very long day.

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The Beauty of Himachal Predesh

We got up early for an 8:30am breakfast.  We ate fast, packed, settled our bill at the hotel and departed for the rail station with a short stop at the post office.  We were taking the Shimla-Kalka train about half the way (3 hour journey).  Our van drivers were asked to pick us up in Solan when the train arrives there.  It turned out that we were split into 4 groups in 4 different coaches, but that was ok.  We boarded and train and departed for a spectacular ride through the Himalayan mountains.  The pictures speak for themselves.

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Himalayan Train Ride – http://youtu.be/PODLZTQkYiE

Himalayan Trian Ride – http://youtu.be/TAtTPMaEO14

Train – http://youtu.be/Jtd9M8Kvh68

On the way back we stopped at Domino’s pizza, and then continued our way back to Ludhiana.

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During the end of the trip the gold medal hockey game between Canada and Sweden was ongoing.  We were tracking it on the phone, however when we returned to the hotel the ending of 3rd period was on the TV!!   We go to watch Canada win the gold medal in mens hockey!!  GO CANADA GO!!!