Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, 7,467 feet above sea level and the capital of Himachal Pradesh, we arrived after a fairly long drive over a short distance travelling through the switched back roads with plunging mountainside cliffs to a city hugging the foothills of the Himalayas. It is much cooler here and the air is crisp and clean. The town boasts a 7 km vehicle free “Mall” which runs along the ridge that the city is built upon both above and below the ridge. Joyce is under the weather today so I headed off and walked my 10,000 + steps and checked out the mall. Clean, wide paved boulevard and vehicle free it reminded me of a Swiss mountain village and is such a difference between the north and south of the India we have seen so far.