Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
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... walked through high peaks where Eucalyptus creates shade and reforestation to many of the once barren hilltops, and looked over the land where the 'Jungle Retreat' lays and to the water reservoir, where this area's energy supply comes from. I'm constantly dismayed by the visibility in India. I reach a height in these mountains where I should be able to see for miles and miles, but the visibility I have must extend for maybe 20 miles and then a haze obscures anything beyond. I ...
... soon as they took a photo lots of other Indian people wanted to take our photo (as they do everywhere) so we decided to make a hasty retreat. We went for lunch at Cafe Coffee Day (coffee house chain a bit like Starbucks) which I have been wanting to try since we arrived in India and I have to say I was disappointed and wont be going back, although Ollie said the coffee was at least nice. On the way here I got weighed (a beggar on the road had scales so we paid him 10 ...
... dilapidation, crawl up the surrounding hills. Two bustling bus stations at either end take the passengers onto other hill stations or back down into the warmth on rickety diesel fume spewing buses, various shops and business offer their wares, and restaurants offer their fare. Chocolate shops sell handmade chocolates from pyramids of stacked chocolates and a busy market provides all the other supplies the town requires. The market itself is a bustling hive ...
... 2240m) means it gets cold, especially at night so we came well prepared with fleeces and thermals which we were especially glad of when the bus driver punted us off at 1 in the morning. After eventually managing to find the one rickshaw that was on a night-shift, he took us to our pre-booked guest house (how very organised!) which was all locked up and asleep.When we managed to wake someone up: "No room at the inn!" Rickshaw Man managed ...
... said, "Damn - he caught me!", while everyone else's smile said, "These foreigners are getting harder and harder to cheat. It's just not fair.") Either she was mathematically challenged - or she was trying to cheat me. I suspect the latter - for the reason that if she WERE mathematically challenged, then the error MIGHT have been in MY favor. I just hope that they don't take it out on my package that I caught them trying to cheat me. (I probably look like I have ...