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Wake N’ Bake – The ‘Central Perk’ of Shimla





“Wake n Bake is a place where culture (music, art and film) is promoted. It is Shimla’s beginning towards its cultural revolution.”- As Himanshu sees it.

We call ourselves Shimla Wanderers for a reason. The reason that we do not just live here but we breathe this city, we live it. Now after almost three decades of our lives here, our avidness for the town remains intact. However, we cannot deny that among several other factors, one thing we deeply miss from old days, are places like Park Café, Beekays or Embassy as they used to be back then. Friendly hangout places filled with home-like warmth, amazing aroma of coffee and nonstop niche music that actually introduced us to the unheard tunes of the west. If you know what I’m saying, you’d agree that the Modern Café chains cannot match the “Central Perk” feel of those oldschool places. Over the years as that culture gradually disappeared, so did our interest in tagging a single place as our regular hangout. Well, let’s just blame time for this.

However thankfully, it seems the culture is being refreshed yet again.

When we came to learn about this immensely talented local lad, Himanshu, who by the way is the owner of Wake N’ Bake, we could not resist to cover him here on Himachal Watcher.

A grad in computer engineering and web developer by profession, Himanshu couldn’t keep himself away from the Himalayas and in 2010 he came back for good. In 2011 he came up with the idea of mixing great flavors with cool ambience and amazing music and as a culmination of these three strong factors “Wake n Bake” was born. At present, “Wake n Bake” has not only managed to attract the young crowd of tourists as well as locals, but it has become a hub for the youth.

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The menu is small and limited but it surely gives an exposure to different cuisines. Here you can enjoy a Middle Eastern Platter, Crepes, Pasta, Salads, Pizza, Kathi Rolls and the daily specials.


“It’s a place where the freshness and wholesomeness of food is respected and celebrated.”- Himanshu


You will fall in love with the yellow walls which is itself a piece of art. The tree of life painted on the front wall is a symbol of fragility. If you admire art, it is one hell lot of inspiration you can gaze at, simply sitting and sipping a cup of coffee. The ambience is so cool, you can actually sit and interact even with strangers.



Starting from INR 70- 200, you can grab on the mouthwatering flavors at affordable prices. A meal for two will cost you less than INR 500.


Outdoor Seating:

The roof top seating of the café offers panoramic view. You can enjoy your food or coffee with cool breeze.



Located in the heart of the city, Wake n Bake is on the Mall Road. The windows of the café give amazing view of the erstwhile Town Hall and the hustle bustle of the Mall Road.


Well, it seems that we have finally found our “Central Perk” in the name of Wake n Bake.

A duo of Shimla chics, who write for their love for the city want to keep exploring and sharing the endless grandeur of Shimla with the readers. Already established as content designers, both of them are Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication. As they love to put it, their peculiar fixation with the city drives them to volunteer for HW.

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HPTDC’s Online Service for Ordering Food for Takeaway and Home Delivery Launched



HPTDC Online Food Order Service

Shimla-An online facility to place orders of food was launched by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on July 21, 2020. It was informed by the HPTDC, Managing Director Kumud Singh. She said the Corporation has introduced a facility to place an online order of food for takeaway and home delivery at its selected properties.

“The public can place orders for a variety of tasty, hygienic and healthy cuisines at their homes by placing online orders,”

she said.

Consumers can place online food orders at these properties by visiting its website ( Currently, the orders can be placed from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The HPTDC staff has been imparted special training to take all necessary steps for prevention of COVID-19, she said. The food is prepared by trained Chefs of the Corporation in safe and hygiene environment, she added.

She informed that this service has initially been started at Hotel Peterhof Shimla, Goofa Ashiana Restaurant Shimla, Hotel Kunzam Manali, Cafe Monal Kullu, Cafe Raviview Chamba and Cafe Satluj Rampur. She said that this service will be extended to other properties in a phased manner.

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Fursat Se- Shimla Based Cultural Community to Plant 550 Trees on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji



Shimla-On the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, Fursat Se, a cultural community based in Shimla plans to plant 550 trees. The founder of Fursat Se, Amrita Bhasin, is working towards creating safe spaces for promotion of art, literature and open dialogue through the medium of events.

“We invite 550 people (&more) to pledge and plant one tree each and help us initiate a Green Movement by the people and for the people,”

She said.

Anyone interested in this, can pick a local tree sapling and plant it in allowed areas of the neighborhood and pledge to take care of it, and send the information on the same with a picture and hashtag #TreeTalesIndia to Fursat Se. For pledging, volunteering and becoming a part of this initiative you can contact them, and Fursat Se will share the pictures from their social media handles.

The initiative is organized by Fursat Se- A Cultural Community in association with- Swach Himalayas, a Himachal based NGO started by Savitoj Singh, that works towards spreading awareness about various environmental issues, undertakes initiatives like regular visits to old-age homes, orphanages through numerous community driven events and Unbox Himachal valley- a Himachal based start-up by Shivee Sirmauri, working towards empowerment of rural women by providing employment opportunities and reviving old cultural handicrafts.

Fursat Se- 550 trees plantation

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Himachal’s fitness enthusiast shines at Indian TV Reality Show




Himachal's Fitness enthusiast sachin sharma of Shimla

Shimla: Sachin Sharma, a handsome man of 26, is currently a person who stands in contrast to Himachal Pradesh’s ill-famed youth struggling with drug and substance abuse – a crucial issue that has sounded an alarm in the State. Sachin is the one who joined a gym at the age of 19 – an age at which teenagers are struggling to escape from the jaws of drug/substance abuse, especially Heroin (Chitta).

Sachin, born in a middle-class family of Deha village, Theog, Shimla district, recently appeared in what could be called India’s first fitness reality show “Indian Fitness League.” It wasn’t a bodybuilding show, but the challenge was to undertake tasks designed to check who is the fittest. Sachin was the only one from Himachal to have made through the auditions. He was selected as one of the 40 fittest people of India. He earned the special attention of the hosts of the show as well as among other competitors.

The next episode of the TV show would be telecasted on October 6 on Discovery Sports at 4 PM.

To know more about him, Himachal Watcher interviewed him (Watch Video). We found that his story is inspirational in its own way:

Far from ill and unhealthy habits, he doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink or take anything that would toy with his physical and mental fitness. He definitely doesn’t take steroids. Since last seven years, he has followed a strict discipline in diet and habits. He didn’t compromise with his studies either. He completed his schooling from Dayanand Public School in Shimla.

In 2018 he completed his post graduation in Masters of Business (MBA) from Himachal Pradesh University and had procured a placement for himself too.

He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth so placement did matter for him. His father Mohan Lal Sharma and mother Subhadra Sharma are both serving with the Crime Investigation Department (CID), HP, as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Head Constable respectively. It wasn’t easy to manage an additional expenditure of Rs. 15,000 – 20, 000 on his protein diet for seven years.

At this point, his decision-making ability was put to test. He had to choose one of the two: job placement and passion for fitness. He listened to himself and decided to seek a career in the fitness industry.

Though Sachin’s body is in good shape, he isn’t actually a bodybuilder. He is a fitness enthusiast, who has trained without a professional trainer or a mentor. He made ample use of YouTube to learn. He didn’t take up fitness as his passion because he was inspired by someone. He was his own inspiration.

He first received an opportunity to get on a stage at annual Mr. Himachal competition. Later he won the Maruti Suzuki Devils Circuit held in Chandigarh.

Now, after his tremendous performance at the IFL, Sachin has received sponsorships and was inducted in the TG Athlete group. Opportunities in the fitness industry have begun to appear before him. He believes that someday, he would extend support and guidance to other fitness enthusiasts of the state, which he could hardly receive for himself.

He is an idol for the youth of Himachal, especially because fitness is an antonym to drug/substance abuse and indiscipline. In the majority of cases filed under the Narcotics, Drugs & Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act, the accused are reported to be between 20-25 years. A couple of days back Shimla Police arrested a 22-years-old local boy with a packet of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) stamps. 

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