Country Inn - Sattal
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... on our account (do they really expect us to travel with wads of bank statements in our pocket?) merely resulted in our mobile phone running out of credit and the call being cut short. So, no money, no means therefore of topping up our credit, no banks nearer than Ramnagar (and even “banks are striking today”) – what were we to do?
Repeated calls by the shop owner on his mobile established that “fault is mine - my machine is ...
... that of Inder (tandoori chef) and Surender (grill chef) and our lunchtime waiter at Jim’s Grill, the lovely, ever-smiling, Puran should be included in my blog. Given the high standard of cuisine and service, this is the very least I can do.
The walk back to our cottage each evening through the lighted garden is an experience in itself. The heavy perfume of the night-scented jasmine is almost overpowering in the still air, providing a fitting end to another perfect ...
... descent from her bungalow into Bhimtal, we were able to glimpse the lake below through the trees now reflecting the glorious blue of a cloudless sky. Bhimtal itself proved to be a busy little street with tiny shops including a bank into which Judith disappeared in search of much needed cash. Paddy went with her to translate, while I remained in the taxi. It was some time before the girls re-appeared. Apparently, the bank ...
... free shop at the airport). It is a place where tea is served in china cups, a woodburning stove warms your bedroom and a hot-water bottle your bed.
Looking at the map, you will see that the Retreat forms part of the Jones estate. We had imagined some sort of modern development rising above Lake Bhimtal; nothing could be further from the truth. Arriving as we did in the early evening, it was already dark as we turned into a deeply ...
... dusk fell, the coach finally arrived at Haldwani where half-a-dozen taxi drivers claimed that they had been sent to meet us. Fortunately, just one of them mentioned the magic word “Bhimtal” and, although he had no English, he had the presence of mind to phone Padmini Smetacek who confirmed to us that we had indeed met the right driver whom she had sent to meet us. Within an hour we had arrived safely at her beautiful Bimtal home high up in the forest of ...