The Manu Maharani Hotel, Nainital
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
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... on our account (do they really expect us to travel with wads of bank statements in our pocket?) merely resulted in our mobile phone running out of credit and the call being cut short. So, no money, no means therefore of topping up our credit, no banks nearer than Ramnagar (and even “banks are striking today”) – what were we to do?
Repeated calls by the shop owner on his mobile established that “fault is mine - my machine is ...
We were sad to leave Padmini and her lovely family and home at the Retreat, Bhimtal, but time had moved on and we were ready for the next stage of our adventure. Paddy had arranged a car for us for our drive to Dhikuli. We had chosen the longer six-hour drive through the mountains rather than the shorter route from Nainital to Ramnagar. The road might have been slow and full of hairpin bends, but it was wonderfully wild and forested country with occasional glimpses of the ...
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 ...
... mimicking what they had done to me as they went.
Only later, did we learn that these hijra are an accepted part of Indian society and much in demand at weddings where they entertain and are supposed to bring good fortune to the bridal pair. Often castrated, they live in closed communities and may provide support for unwanted children who themselves will join the group. Apparently, it brings good luck to give them a 10 rupee note and conversely the opposite ...