Hotel Willow Banks
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We left McLeod Ganj at 10am which was a far more civilised time than the buses at 5am and 6am,
We had opted for the luxury of our own driver as this also gave us the option to stop whenever we wanted to for food/drinks/washroom/leg stretches/photographs.
Almost as soon as we left McLeod Ganj which mean dropping 500m, it stopped raining and the sun shone on us for the first time properly in days.
As we dropped lower and lower it got warmer ...
... the room. For me it was like being home so I strolled about for an hour or two before the chill sent me seeking the hotel, after having a coffee with an equally at home Englishman.
Bit of a non entry this as it was a bit of a non event. Got back on the bus the next day to hit New Delhi, and to meet Elisa's other Italian mates from their plane.
... Taj but the American Blues-man, one of Dave’s favorites. We had gotten up early and so turned in a bit early just after dinner.
10/30 - WALKING SHIMLA’S RIDGE
Until the British arrived, there was nothing at Shimla but a sleepy forest glade known as Shyamala (a local name for Kali – the Hindu goddess who is the destroyer of evil). The first British holiday home was built here ...
... took a few minutes for the cheeky little guys to sniff out the snack, and soon we had a handful of them peering into our (thankfully tightly secure) windows. I was loving it. They were too cute. I know, I know. It is really bad to feed wild animals, and I regret it (mostly) completely. But it was just to hard to resist. Watching them pick apart the fruit with their perfect little fingers on my window ledge was very satisfying.
Wild flowers, a welcoming woolly goat and a beautiful sunset as we approached Narkanda