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... mimicking what they had done to me as they went.
Only later, did we learn that these hijra are an accepted part of Indian society and much in demand at weddings where they entertain and are supposed to bring good fortune to the bridal pair. Often castrated, they live in closed communities and may provide support for unwanted children who themselves will join the group. Apparently, it brings good luck to give them a 10 rupee note and conversely the opposite ...
... 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 ...
... Church and then around the lake towards The Flats.
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 ...
... haha! So cute but I defiantly didn't want them as roommates. Luckily one of the workers managed to scare them away. Oct.10 a hike along the Koshi river to a temple built in a cave. We met the man who lives there, it was a beautiful place far away. The man (not exactly sure of the term for him) drinks only milk and meditates for most of the day he lives alone and the cliff is at the base of the waterfall. It was pretty ...