Rainbow Retreat Hotel
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... so in theory we could be on some sort of terrorist recon mission. I was only too happy to get away from that place and head to a bar in Colaba for a chilled breakfast and a coffee.
The same afternoon we headed to Lonavala, one of the hill stations about 90km outside of Bombay. We thought we were going to get out of the city to the ‘calm’ of the hills. Wrong. After taking an interesting train ride (were given bunk beds for a 2 hour journey) and stopping off at the ...
... to Dhobi Ghat – an interesting place where all of Mumbai's laundry seems to be done. We saw a complex range of water channels with places for mass washing of clothing and a whole bunch of colourful clothing hanging from multiple locations. Apparently only men work here and the women do the ironing inside the houses. It was certainly a site to behold – it is amazing that amongst the volume of laundry and visible chaos that customers do not lose more items.
... ran through the night. I did lay down but I really didn't sleep. I stopped trying at 6:00 and sat there waiting for someone to wake up.
Finally, Sophie from England did and I was lucky because she was on the bunk bed side so it was roomy and there was a window. So we sat up talking and gradually the car started waking up and coming to life. Then it became almost fun and exciting because these guys came through the car selling ...
... without rain in the past ten days. The next morning was misty and overcast. We set off for Garbut Point, well kitted out in rain wear. At the cliffs edge overlooking Matheran town, we enjoyed the extraordinary experience of high speed clouds moving right through us, parting every now and then to give stunning views of entire hillsides carpeted with pretty yellow daisies [senecio grahamii], a series ...
... rides to the viewpoints and back to the sack-of-spuds bit-overweight still-wearing-sparkly-flip-flops-and-sa ris Indian tourists would have put most British stables to shame. So, even though no one was wearing a hat, we decided to arrange for a ride (figured it was less dangerous than crossing the road in Calcutta...). So, by mid afternoon we were introduced to our transport for the next three hours (yep, THREE hours...still feeling the pain....but for 700 ...