Hotel Anand Palace
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... observation point a few miles outside of town. Getting up at 4:00 to watch a sunrise is never really my thing, but here we got to do it with about 500 of our closest Indian friends after navigating a traffic jam of SUVs that got them all their for a view that at a few times emerged from the fog. I'm quite over highly popular viewpoints and prefer my solitude.
I was still travelling with Joe and Rachael, when we arrived at Karmi Farm after our 70km plus trek. This was to be our treat, our R&R as a reward from our exertions on the border trek.
Karmi Farm is run by an Englishman, Andrew Pulger-Frame. He was born in this property to an English father and an Indian mother and has made the farm his home. He has built a further six bedroom in the grounds of the property, which he rents out and guests ...
... We laid there for about an hour, pretty tired and pretty cold. Niraj had said to come to the kitchen whenever we were ready but we were both feeling shagged and really antisocial. In the end we relented. It turned out to be a great idea, they had a couple of fires going. What I've come to learn is that all these mountain houses have a concrete structure that has a hole in the middle about ankle height. They pole long thin bits of wood into and then on top of the concrete square ...
... stranded in the boonies and having to hitch a ride on a bullock cart...and we thought we had tales to tell! Anyway about half way down through the tea plantation we were accosted by a local lady who invited us into a little house to find out all about Darjeeling tea. It transpires that she is well-known in these parts as the '5-second tea lady' and indeed proceeded to demonstrate how, if using the best tea, you can brew it in no more than 5 seconds. ...
... launched into tactician mode, preferring to pick up a card than waste his 4. He didn't win a game, despite being the most enthusiastic 'you didn't say UNO' participator! Day Six: Thursday Now well into the routine of life in rural Nepal, Dave woke in time for the 6.30am walk to the milk collection point with Samyog. After a noodle breakfast we prepared for a 9am departure to Ilam. Thursday is market day in both Ilam and Phikkal, so we were privy to a bit more bustling as ...