Rainbow Retreat Hotel
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... of the residents homes. They had a genuine pride in their village and they want us westerners to see it. That was fun.
We struggled all morning long with power outages, and finally gave up and got a generator. Things went fine from there on out. There was one small girl who came to the camp with crossed eyes; however, using a pair of glasses that we had, her eyes straightened out! Yes, the glasses were a bit large for such a small girl, but ...
... 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 ...
... s life. We also saw a preserved room that had his office - a basic desk with a few simple pictures and a spindle wheel to help him keep in touch with the working population. There was also a stamp collection also showing key points of Ghandi's life.
We stopped off in a cafe on the way back for a few nibbles and drinks and ambled back along the water to our hotel stopping at food stalls to see the local street colour.
Friday March 14
In the morning ...
Pristine area near Vashind, on the flip side of the Tansa Sanctuary About one hours drive from Bombay along NH3, depending of course on traffic conditions, is a small road on the left side of the highway near Vashind. From this point on the highway, there is a magnificent view of the Mahuli fort and pinnacles. The road on the ...
... This trail goes along the steep hillside almost parallel to the main market on the opposite main Matheran hill. It also passes through dense forest with a thick undergrowth of karvies. Except for the local adivasis, almost no one else ever comes here as it is a long and wearisome walk, given the rubbly state of the river bed like trail. At several places the karvies have completely overgrown the ...