This may be my last chance at internet access for a while, as I'm heading up into the remote valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti tomorrow. I'm currently in the former British hill station of Shimla, having finally had enough of the suffocating heat of Rajasthan. Shimla's a pretty laid-back place compared to the usual insanity of an Indian city, but it definitely has its quirks, from snap-happy Indian tourists (today when I visited the Jahkhu temple there was almost a line of them wanting to take their pictures with me--it seems other travelers have had similar experiences and none of us have been able to work out exactly why) to vicious, thieving monkeys (I witnessed one ripping the glasses right off someone's face) and roaming astrologers. It's strange city, very clean and quiet with neat colonial buildings, yet very shallow and "Western", sprawling down several hillsides in a strange combination of resort hotels and corrugated tin shacks. I'm definitely ready to leave, even if it means no more hot showers for a while.
Here are the latest pictures from my wanderings, starting from Udaipur:
On to Jodhpur:
And last the evil monkeys of Shimla, looking misleadingly benign here: