Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
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... months carefully cultivating my winter coat. Or failing to shave my legs. Whatever. Oh, but they do have 24 hour hot water, you just have to switch the geyser on for 10 minutes and you can fill a bucket (nope, no shower) with water hot enough to melt flesh. It's fabulous. But bucket washing when it's this cold requires a certain technique whereby you strip, wash, dry and dress the top half of you, then stand in the bucket of water to wash the bottom ...
... attacked by Mr. Moose, run in zigzags with as many trees as you can get between you and that moose. Elephants are similar it seems. They will gallop at you and if those shiny ivories are near ya, there may be no more outsmarting it.
I've decided to splurge and enjoy the jungle scenery by signing up for a trip to the elephant feeding and a multi hour jeep ride to see if we can find some wild elephants, leopards, boar, bear, birds etc. I wish-washed back and forth on ...
... the train from the lineside – except my camera battery had given up at the tea place. Ah Well.
Back to Ooty by bus. I have now experienced “The worst place to be a taxi driver” and “The worst roads in the World”. On the way back we experienced saying “that was the nearest crash yet” four times. Three were due to our driver who seemed to have decided that he could get home early for his tea. The last ...
... it was supposed to be a really beautiful mountain town. Amazingly enough, we also coincidentally saw that some of the buses going to Mysore continued onto Ooty leaving that same evening. What a lucky coincidence this turned out to be, as Ooty turned out to be one of our favorite spots in India so far.
Located at altitude of about 2500m (7500 ft), Ooty was built up ...
... but we got some good photos of the sign saying "Robroy tea estate"! It was a lovely place and quite bizarre to think that relatives of mine had actually lived there.
From Ooty and Coonoor, there is a "toy train" - the old steam trains that the British put in that chug up and down the hills. They are quite famous and a fun day out for Indian families as well as tourists. We got ourselves a space and got involved in the scum that ensued when ...