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... s necks it transpired that this was the Tallital Ramlal organising committee and they were revelling in an hour’s worth of mutual back-slapping – we hoped the show would live up to this build up! The curtain was pulled back, a priest blessed all of the committee members, a small band struck up to one side of the stage and the audience were treated to a series of mini scenes like 3D paintings where various characters spoke or ...
... it was nearing midday so we headed down the other side for lunch at the PWD (Public Works Department) guest house at Dhakuri a kilometre or so below. The manager here was called Hayat and he told us that business was drying up at Dhakuri as many people bypass Dhakuri Khal by jeep because of the steep climb and start the trek proper further down the slope. This is terrible, not just for Hayat and the PWD ...
We arrived in Nainital at 6.00 a.m. on an overnight bus from Rishikesh. Nainital is a town high in the foothills of the Indian Himalayan region of Kumaon. Looking something like an Alpine town, it is set around a picturesque lake and split into two districts, Mallital (the head of the lake) and Tallital (the foot of the lake). When we arrived a number of people in tracksuits were taking a morning run or ...
... had enough of bumpy bus journeys, at least for today. Getting a room for the night in Nepalganj's dusty main street, full of welders workshops and stalls selling black market goods, I headed out for some much needed daal bhat. Although I could have crossed back into India just a few kilometres south of Nepalganj, I decided to take the 'interesting route' back to India and the next morning got on another bus to Mahendranager, the most westerly border crossing between Nepal ...
Up nice and casual for breakfast at the hotel as it had rained overnight and was still spitting this morning so we waited it out for a couple of hours. Set off for a walk around the Naini lake which only took about an hour and was not exactly the most serene of strolls what with all the car horns honking but this is India and car horns are just part of everyday life. It did get quieter around the southern side so we ambled along going over our India adventure, picking ...