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... of Chandigar. But realising how little there seems to do for foreigners here I am also glad that in 1981 we decided not to take up the programme post that UNICEF offered me. That was after I visited Chandighar for the first time for two days, mainly talking with the Brit who was retiring from this post that required 65 percent of the time travelling! Putting my wife Joke and young daughter Mirjam in this position was a no go.
... for us was these grey monkeys with black faces, much bigger than the macaques we’d seen before and also less aggressive.
After Dalhousie, we continued up the valley to the town of Chamba. On the way, we passed Khajiar, what the Indians call ‘mini Switzerland’. It’s actually just a huge meadow with a lake, but Indian tourists flock here in great numbers. Chamba was back down at 1000 metres and was hot again. In its centre is a big grassy field ...
We chose the old Kasauli Kalka road down to the plains instead of meeting the highway at Dharampur. Our reward was another sighting of the Yellow Beaked Blue Magpie.
... expect. Martin ventures out to find a tuk tuk and we are in luck there is one parked just outside. It is cold and foggy and after several attempts our driver eventually gets it going. It is incredibly noisy and unlike an Aston Martin where the noise is an announcement of power, this is making more noise than speed. At one point we were overtaken by a pedestrian!!!! Eventually we get to the train station and try to find out what ...
... other interns had been to Chandigarh many times before, and they had stayed at some place for 200 Rs a night. If I had known in advance what I was getting myself into, I would have bailed right then and there and found an expensive hotel close to the shopping area. What transpired instead, was that we had to walk back across the chaotic roads to get to the bus terminal. Then we had to find a bus to one of the far away sectors. We got off the bus and were clearly in the middle ...
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