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We get up early to see Ooty wake up. Most shop shutters are down at 7am but some stalls are offering chai and instant coffee. The Hindu temple is noisy and busy with visitors. Ooty is a popular holiday destination for honeymooners. Many shops sell chocolates as gifts, plus a local sweet pastry, Ooty Vartny, that is dunked in coffee.
Cars take the group for a visit to Swamy & Swamy Plantation High Field Tea Factory in Coonoor. ...
... with both hands. The resulting cuttings are on top and deftly thrown in the bag by their side. A little girl runs back and forth smiling shyly and asking my name. A man comes out of the home and asks to get his picture taken too. I jump back in to the truck smiling and waving as they do the same. We come upon a small small village where 'mustachio' asks if I want a tea. I would love one, more for the opportunity than the real need for any tea. Indian men hover around the tea ...
... an experience which was far removed from the India we have inhabited for the past few weeks. It was peaceful; there were no car horns and no piles of rubbish. The fields were green, and the air felt clean. We ventured through boulder strewn fields, through forests of eucalyptus, and through tea plantations. The tea plantations themselves were extremely beautiful; waist high bushes that covered gentle slopes, the gap between each bush made the scene look ...
... day before. The "trek" was more of a gentle stroll through some very beautiful scenery, along a river and through a eucalyptus forest. Still good practice for Nepal we hope: according to one of our fellow trekkers, a German girl who was the fount of all knowledge relating to trekking, travelling and all that is Indian, we are almost certainly not tough enough. We stopped for a yummy thali lunch at a road side shack place. It has to be ...
... was weighing the tomatoes.
Saturday, 16 April, 2011
High season has REALLY set in, with several consequences:
First of all the prices of most things have gone up. Hotels (which isn't a factor for me as I have locked in the low season rate); restaurants; and even supermarkets. For example, the prices of bread and bottled water have gone up over ten percent in the past few days.
The most obvious manifestation of high season, ...