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... international credit cards.” Eventually our driver pointed out that there was an ATM machine just 50 yards down the road. The relief, however, was short lived; Judith’s attempts to withdraw cash on one after another of our cards were all declined.
There followed a long debate, mostly conducted in Hindi. Our driver had been commissioned by the resort to top up our phone. He had not yet done this, and now he produced the 500 rupee note we ...
... beer or tea. Service is second to none with two or three waiters attending every table and an army of gardeners constantly tending, creating and improving.
As I write in the shade of a little oasis of trees on the huge lawn by the restaurant, I can see only one other guest, but six gardeners hard at work. Among these are a group of three sareed ladies painstakingly removing weeds from the lawn with a pointed implement like a large metal toothpick. Yesterday, these ...
While in Bhimtal, Paddy suggested that we tear ourselves away from the Retreat for a few hours to visit some of the Lakes nearby. As we left, she said "You will be back for lunch." Having experienced the wonderfully varied menus of Paddy's son, Robby (who does the cooking), I replied, “Yes, Please!” “No,”, said Paddy, “that was not a question – it was an instruction.”
Bumping down the ...
... feel immediately at home as we were led into a beautiful period room graced with pictures on the wall, objets d'art on the mantel, an old disused piano from a century ago and best of all a brightly burning wood stove in the fireplace.
All meals are individually prepared by Paddy's son, Robby; tea and real coffee (so unusual in northern India) are available at the blink of an eye. Breakfast and lunch are taken with our hostess on the ...
... dusk fell, the coach finally arrived at Haldwani where half-a-dozen taxi drivers claimed that they had been sent to meet us. Fortunately, just one of them mentioned the magic word “Bhimtal” and, although he had no English, he had the presence of mind to phone Padmini Smetacek who confirmed to us that we had indeed met the right driver whom she had sent to meet us. Within an hour we had arrived safely at her beautiful Bimtal home high up in the forest of ...