Ooty - Fern Hill, A Sterling Holidays Resort
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Day 23 - early evening
Day 4 of Southern India Tour
Picture this….……sprawling lawns, beautiful gardens, dense forests with rich and stunning views overlooking lush green valleys and tea gardens in the picturesquely Blue Hills of Nilgiri! Sighhhh! And in the middle of all of this…..a "Summer Palace" fit for ...
... seller caught my eye.
The gardens were spacious. There was a greenhouse. The Gate Building harkened back to the colonial period. What I liked the most was a large floral map of India, broekn down into states, reminding me a bit of the Floral Clock back home. It was well worth the camera fee  which was more than the stated 30R entry fee.
Last up was St Stephen's Church. Its exterior was not as grand as its venue on a hilltop. The stained glass was very good. ...
... hot English folk escape to the cool of the hills. Ooty was known as 'snooty Ooty' as it apparently was set up to cater to all the needs of homesick Brits, including a racecourse, Anglican Church, botanical gardens. These days it is known by its original name - Udhagamandalam, but many of the old bungalows built by the raj still exist (in fact our accommodation was one). The racecourse still exists, but looks like it has seen better days. When we arrived, massive ...
... YWCA youth hostel where I was staying for the next few days.
Ooty was originally founded by the British and quickly became the mountain resort of choice for all the expats living in India. It then gained wider popularity with the locals and underwent a massive growth explosion which made the town itself a bustling crowded eyesore with the odd glimmer of past glory as it stands today. That's probably a bit harsh, but it's saving grace ...
... provocative.) I've tried to do what I can to avoid this - I've bought Indian clothes that hide all of my curves and wear my pseudo-wedding ring. I try to avoid striking up conversation with males, making eye contact or smile at them, I rarely walk without Darren by my side... But travelling with a male companion also means I rarely get acknowledged or greeted - Apparently I don't exist when I'm by his side. As a western woman - and a strong, ...