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Sunny day mocks at Shimla on Christmas 2014 – In Pictures




SHIMLA- So, tourists found no white Christmas in Shimla except some remains of previous snowfall in upper parts of Shimla like Kufari Narkanda etc. A sunny day mocked at Shimla ridge at the heart of the city. It was rather an odd day for the month of December. The mercury rose upto 10 degree during day, while nights are cold. There was not even the slightest hint at any chances that it gets white, and worse, Met Department predicts sunny, dry days on New Year as well.

However, that doesn’t mean the Shimla Ridge missed the crowd. Still, the day was a crowded one, and tourist did show up despite no snowfall.

One of HW members happen to spend some time on the Shimla Ridge and captured some photographs depicting activity of tourist crowd along with those who came to church to mark this year’s Christmas. We thought why not to share it with our readers and community members.


Meanwhile, we can use some commentary in between photographs.

For hoteliers, they might have missed a jackpot, but definitely, still they are doing quite well.

Tomorrow, the newspapers are going to cry of Christmas Eve of 1991, when it snowed heavy in Shimla. Then, there were some lucky years that ended on white note like 1995, 2000 and 2002. Actually, it’s true that snowfall doubles the dose of celebration, especially on Christmas and New Year.


Well, nobody is to be blamed but ourselves and poor governance of a Govt., completely corroded out of corruption. The climate change can’t be denied considering the shift in weather patterns. Nature did not do it, but mankind is forcing an ecological imbalance with mass axing of trees, vehicle air pollution, increasing piles of improperly disposed garbage.

It’s a bitter truth that Shimla did not prepare itself for rapid expansion of the city and increasing population. Trees are being axed illegally to aid private builders and businessmen.

Most likely, all of us are aware of recent massacre of 477 trees in Taradevi forests in Shimla. DLF luxury villa is almost at its completion, mocking at every green heart, Green Tribunal, and anyone who seek justice for illegal felling of trees which was manipulated to appear legal.

Then, our forest minister, Thakur Singh Bharmauri, is doing well to deplete forests in his home district Chamba along with other parts of the state. Of course, no one is going to get him to justice. It’s the subordinate, lower rank officials who would be sacrificed as scapegoats.


We had written to Shimla Traffic Police regarding the increasing air pollution due to unmaintained buses and cars racing rampantly on Shimla roads. No doubt, they did very well to acknowledge the complaint but ignored any action.


Our new SP, DW Negi, seems to be enjoying the weather of Shimla and privileges of his rank, carefree of any sense of duty. He found it more amusing and important to abuse and beat up protesting university students than worrying about deteriorating image of Shimla Police.


We suggest, we should try to conserve what remains of Shimla. Some of it could be recovered if we could rectify our environmentally destructive practices, and if the Govt. officials and ministers stop behaving like pimps for property dealers and builders. Trust us, Govt. isn’t going to bother until the public is happy being a foolish slave.

Photos: Tarun Sharma













Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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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.

Photo: Himachal Watcher

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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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