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Stay in Victorian & Scottish Cottages of Shimla British Resort

You can listen to the Audio instead - Click here The old Villa, ' Glen Urquhart' situated about a kilometer from the Kennedy House on the way to Annadale has a glorious past. Just happened to visit the historic property in Shimla. I had heard a lot about this property but could not make it for the last five years. Let me just give you a glimpse of the property. This Victorian period Villa is amidst tall conifers, popularly known as 'Glen' in the early days, and now as ' Shimla British Resort'.  Mr. Ajay Goel, the owner has been constantly working to restore this Villa and preserve this historic building. The property changed many hands before Mr. Ajay Goel could lay hands on this property from a Delhi-based person. The property was built in 1893 by a Britisher who had two wives, one Scottish and the other British. To keep both of them happy, the British owner built two separate cottages, one in Victorian Style & the other in Scottish fashion.   After restora

About 'Nati' - A popular Folk Dance of Himachal & how to learn 'Nati" ?

Each state in India has the folk dance(s) which can be even called the community dance. Large gatherings or sometimes a sizeable group of people perform these folk dances. Earlier the performances used to be on some special occasions; wedding, celebrating good harvest! Anything that is synchronously performed by large groups catches attention and Nati is one such folk dance form prevalent in Himachal Pradesh & Uttrakhand. Kinnauri Nati Dress(Credit:Pintrest) It's a matter of pride for the state of Himachal Pradesh that Nati performed during Dussehra in Kullu by 8540 women on 7 Oct 2014, had set Limca World Record. Later, on 26 Oct 2015, 9892 women dancers went on to set a higher record, Guinness World Record.                 Nati Flash Mob @ Ellante Mall, Chandigarh Since Himachal Pradesh is a tourism-dependent state and Nati is being used extensively to amuse the tourists to make trips memorable. All major resorts/hotels have the Nati performance planned for their guests.  Kul