Ooty Gate Hotel
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We got up at 4.30 am for our trip to Ooty. We started out with about an hours drive to get to the train station. It was very interesting driving through the streets before dawn. There were many people, including children, sleeping on the streets. By the time we drove past them at around 5.30am they were starting to stir, and markets were open for business. I saw one lucky man fast asleep on a bed frame set up beside his roadside stall - people were walking all around him but ...
Not! Today was supposed to be election day. But it turns out that the voting machines are "not working". Translation: It was looking like the "wrong" party might win, so the machines "broke". Democracy in action.
The good thing about the failure of the election was that I finally got around to getting the cooking/cleaning staff at my guest house to teach me how to make "daal" - on of my favorite Indian dishes. Like everything, it's ...
... when talking to me, but they did manage to give me enough information to enable me to find the shop: “it’s on the road to the Botanical Garden – on the left hand side.”
After asking for directions to the Botanical Garden, I eventually found the shop – and it was wonderful! They had pretty much everything that a foreigner could want (well, except for good bread): milk, cereal, peanut butter, canned meats such as tuna, granola ...
... with Indian tourists, some of them very rowdy and noisy. The great influx of the weekend was also responsible for an overdose of traffic fumes, really detracting from what must once have been a very quaint British Raj idyll. Those days are long gone. But I am very much encouraged to see the vigour for environmentalism from the local people, signs advertising everywhere that this is a plastic free zone, quite a wonder in a place like India that is overflowing ...
... through a big tea plantation, which was not reminiscent of Australia, although the gum trees could still be seen around the place. Later we walked through a village where the tea planation workers lived, many of the children waved excitedly when they saw us and called out the usual ‘Hi! You from?’ After a lunch stop at a tiny corner store where we all had to stoop low to enter, ...