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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 ...
... 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.
... system would be able to carry the train up the mountain!
As we made our way up, we encountered a number of tunnels - short at first, then getting longer. I'd noticed on the longer ones that there were vent holes that had been created in the rock (about big enough for a person to crawl through). Then we entered the tunnel to end all tunnels. It went on and on. There was complete blackness all around us. The windows were all open as we'd been admiring ...
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