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... cash to foreigners through an ATM. Sadly, as we were to find later, most rural ATMs do not dispense cash to foreign credit cards. Back in the bank, dear Paddy withdrew cash which she gave to Judith on loan, though how we would find a way to pay her back or indeed to pay for our accommodation and meals was as yet unclear.
After Paddy left us to attend an open day at the children’s convent school in Bhimtal, our driver ...
... rising steeply into the forest. here the driver announced that we had another three kilometres to go. Occasionally, through the trees we glimpsed the lights of Bhimtal reflected in the still waters of the Lake far below. Once we stopped for Judith to take a picture as she stood by the roadside with a sheer drop beneath.
Our arrival was greeted by Padmini Smetacek and her whole family, together with servants and dogs, who welcomed us and ...
... I still await my first dose of 'Delhi-belly'.
It would be good to report that the rest of the trip to Bhimtal was without incident. Alas! This was not altogether true. Not only was Thursday a major Sikh festival, but it was also the day of the full moon. Whole families had made their way to the holy river to immerse themselves in the Ganga, and the approach to the bridge was beset with badly parked cars, stray cows, donkeys, goats and large groups ...
... Whites. It was all very civilised. And just to round-off our well-to-do day, we had tea and cake (yes, again) at Sakley's -- they'll even box you up some cakes to take back to your room for later. * they must have a shortage of customers or a surplus of boats though, as we were constantly confronted by "buy boat?" ** they do seem to like their candy floss. Although my favourite has to be the hawkers on the trains! Couldn't believe ...
We just spent 4 days in the lowlands of the Himalayas, each night staying in a different village. What an amazing experience, especially the view of the Nandi Devi range, the highest peak in Indian at over 25,000 feet. To get here we had to take a 5.5 hour train and a 3 hour very windy drive. Needless to say, goof thing we brought lots of ...