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... using a steam locomotive. It goes incredibly slowly taking about 5 hours to travel 45km. It stopped about 4 times on the way to refill the locomotive boiler with water which I wasn't expecting, but of course I know absolutely nothing about steam trains. The hill climb is pretty steep as far as trains are concerned - the track has an extra rack in the middle and the train uses a rack and pinion system to ease its way up the hill. The train was developed in order to help ...
As much as I love trains, I just can't seem to shake bus travel. The journey from Mysore to Ooty was a lot of fun though. The road winds its way through national parks and up to Ooty at over 2000m in the mountains to the South. I even spotted an elephant working on the side of the road. Popular at this time of year because it's altitude provides a welcome escape from the heat and humidity of the plains. I arrived in the afternoon and made a beeline ...
... study in Germany for awhile. He was picked up at the airport in Frankfurt and driven for three hours to the home of his hosts. Finally he could hold in his thoughts no longer - and he blurted out, "Sir, doesn't your horn work?" For Indians, it is impossible to imagine driving for a minute - much less for three hours - without honking the horn. I think that the horns here are activated by pressing on the brakes.
During my weeks here I have also ...
... sign over their entrance, they’ve been around since 1951.
Anyway, I loaded up on the aforementioned goods before making my way to the Garden Café, where I had a very tasty pizza for lunch – and where I met a very nice American guy a little older than myself who has recently retired and is spending his life traveling now. He had some pretty amazing stories to tell about his interactions with some local people from the Toda tribe.
... a couple of days sightseeing in Mysore, a city with a rich royal history in South India. We saw many of the major sights – including the opulent Maharaja’s palace .
Mysore struck me as being more characteristic of stereotypical India than other places we have been to so far: Cows all over the place, including cows calmly walking straight through the middle of intersections of ...