Monday, October 26, 2009

The Mall, Shimla, India


The Mall Road in Shimla is considered as the lifeline of the city. Most of the major hotels, restaurants and recreation centers are situated along the road, making it a place which cannot be left untouched by any visitor.
Mall Road is the main tourist attraction in the town and serves as the centre of Shimla's bustling social life. British constructed it and every precaution was taken to make sure that the road does not get adversely affected.
One such step was to ban entry of vehicles on the road.Buildings and other erections have colonial influence on its architecture.
The Mall Road has numerous showrooms, stores, departmental stores, shops, restaurants and cafes, stuck closely to each other. All kinds of handicraft products of Himachal Pradesh, like locally-made woolen cloths, pottery items, jewelry, books, and local eatable items, especially pickles, are available on the Mall Road. Additionally, it is famous for its wood shops.
These shops specialize in furniture manufacturing. The furniture made here is of antique look. Bargaining is not a bad idea here, as shopkeepers say haywire prices of the products and it is really tough to judge the actual price.
There are no vehicles allowed on the Mall, so it is always bustling with tourists on foot. The Mall is mostly full of jovial people. People enjoy pleasant environment and natural beauty and hang the whole day at the place.