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Snowy Childhood Memories

Observatory Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, 8 January 2017, 1340 hours:

Reached my favourite place near my house after snowfall – The Indian Institute of Advance Study. Located on top of a hill (known as Observatory Hill), one can enjoy beautiful views of the distant mountains on a clear day. Though clouds have gathered around those distant mountains today, the location of the monument itself is amazing. As not many people are able to reach here, the snow is completely untouched and everything just looks amazingly beautiful. There is a lot of snow here (roughly about 2 feet) as it is higher than Boileauganj. I still remember when I was young and my friends and I used to come here and enjoy the snow time, jumping and throwing snow balls at each other. We would make a giant snowman and sometimes would even compete with each other in groups of 3 or 4 to see who made the best one. Feeling nostalgic right now.

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Cars stranded in place at the main entrance gate of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Just inside the main entrance gate of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Viceregal Lodge looks even more wonderful in the snow; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Mesmerising view of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in snow; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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All pathways covered in snow; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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A stairway covered with snow is perfectly designed to slide down; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Perfect playground for snow games; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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Tree-tops look like ice-candy bars ready to be licked clean; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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