Because of its wooden cottages, crisscrossing train tracks, lavish Western-style churches, and rustic charm that beckon newlyweds to stay for their honeymoon, Shimla is dubbed the "Queen of the Hills" and "a patch of England's Victorian Age" frozen in Himchal Pradesh's mountains. Named after the Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, Shimla used to be the summer retreat for the British Raj or British Indian Empire back in 1864.
The second oldest Catholic church in Northern India is the city's top attraction, the Christ Church, which lures devotees and design enthusiasts alike with its stain glass artworks that represent the Catholic virtues of faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience, and humility.
Another religious haven worth a visit is the hilltop Jakhu Temple, where the monkey-god Hanuman was said to have rested while on his journey to the Himalayas. Staying true to its legend, there are several mischievous monkeys inhabiting the temple's surroundings, and one must be on guard as these primates become easily attracted to shiny things and gadgets.
For those who want a glimpse of the swanky lifestyle the British Raj used to have, the Viceregal Lodge atop Observatory Hill sports well-manicured gardens, teak-paneled walls, and lavish furniture fit for the nobility.
Upon descending the mountain, one may want to head to The Mall, a strip of shops, restaurants, cafés, and clubs where tourists can hangout and people-watch.
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post