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We then caught the toy train that connects it with Coonoor, an hour away. Our tickets were 5 rupees each, about 6p, and amazingly, if Chris had filled out a form, he could have had 30% off for being over 60!
... both of us felt we ought to say grace before sitting down for our buffet curry dinner in the panelled dining-room! Yet again, we were befriended by the only other Westerners in the hotel - who needs Lonely Planet, when you have "Rog" who has done two stints at the Defence Staff College (in the Navy don't you know!) and felt it appropriate to introduce his new wife - June - to his old haunts (we just ...
... just over 5 Thai baht - for a four and a half hour train ride through lovely scenery. Okay, it's only a 40 kilometer ride, but still - that's cheap by any standards. I hereby nominate this train ride for the prize of "Best Travel Bargain On The Planet".
Once you have your ticket, you go back to the queue that I stood in upon arrival - and wait until that little steam train rounds the bend at just after 7 o'clock. Each compartment on the train ...
... br> Then we went on a drive all the way back up to Ooty for an appointment Emily had at the dentist. The journey was on the lovely scenic 36 hair pin bend road, and as we went up higher and higher that old magical feeling I get about being in India was blissing me out. India touched my spirit so deeply and stilll I never quite know why. I'd love to stay in India and never go back to France!!
It was exciting to be back in Ooty again. On the periphery of the town ...
... and then parted ways. Hayley and I were both elated, walking along the road with a real bounce in our step and an appreciation for the seemingly bottomless hearts of that family.
We finished off the day with a lovely meal in our hotel restuarant, and decided that we would stay another couple of days in the mountains. We made our plans to take the mountain railway right up to its final destination of Ooty, and hopefully explore more of this wonderful scenery.
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