While this postcard is from the early 1900s, as late as 1938 Murray's Handbook for India, Burma and Ceylon still recommended Costorphan's Hotel, with Cecil (Faletti's), Grand and Elysium to its travelers to the hillstation.
Bridge 541 on the Simla-Kalka Railway was finished in 1898 and remains one of the great engineering feats of this nearly 1,000 bridge, 100 kilometer narrow-gauge Indian railway lines.
For a beautiful postcard like this, we might reach for an excerpt by Nirad Chaudhri (1897-1999). Even if written about a different railway station, in East Bengal, it shows how impactful trains were to those in India at the turn of the century.
Founded in 1866, this school was founded in 1866 and soon took over this former home of a Viceroy. It remains a premiere educational institution in India, and has grown to serving almost a thousand students from a few dozen in the early days.
"Cattle borwsed homewards to small hidden hamlets in the valleys, all grew softer and greyer till it was quite dark and the lights came out where she had not thought there was any habitation at all – single lamps here and there in Kasauli, pinpricks
[Original caption] View from the Cart Road. Simla is in the mountainous region of the Punjab, on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. The town is beautifully laid out and the scenery is magnificent. [end]
Note the boy carrying wood in the foreground
"Of recent years, the monkeys have become a decided nuisance in Simla," wrote Edward Buck in Simla Past and Present (1903, p.
Edward Buck, Shimla's Raj chronicler wrote that "the Telegraph Office, a handsome structure which stands by close below [the Post Office], is on the site of the old station library house 'ConnyCot' which was removed to the Town Hall in 1886" (Simla