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... toast and jam. A bit much, but the waiter insisted on the Indian breakfast in addition to the omellete. I'm amused by the Indian cuisine sometimes. It's fairly heavy and always veggies and some rice/bready product. Breakfast? Maybe a steamed rice patty with curry. The heat never stops! I'm perfectly content with some fruit and granola, but Indians I tell of my breakfast habits are aghast that I would consume something so light!!! They sell the fruit at grocery stores and side ...
... was the female version of "boss" which our guide called me for the rest of the safari.
The group that was taken out the day before us spotted a leopard, but we had no such luck. We also didn't see a tiger, black panther or elephant. But we did see a bison, langur monkeys, wild boars, sambar deer, lots of spotted deer, a few peacocks (India's national bird), and more common macaque monkeys.
... much 'work' ;-)) we treated ourselves to a massage at the local Ayurvedic Clinic. We hadn't known what to expect of the massage, since Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing practice; but the splattering in loads of hot herbal oil until we almost slithered off the massage table and the following steam bath was surely a very different experience from any other massage we've ever had ;-).
The next day we were picked up very early morning and went for a jeep safari in the ...
... the surrounds, and quickly stumbled across some wild boar, so inspired we headed for some hard bargaining with the 4WD jeep bondhus. A young pup of a driver offered his services for a ridiculous price, so with time of the essence and light fading fast we negotiated and plumped for a more experienced elder chap, who looked with his gritty, weathered face and balding head that he might have seen a tiger or two (and ...
... grand sightings were of chital deer, langur monkeys, peacocks, wild boar, and the greatest most exciting sighting of a family of wild elephants, complete with their young, crossing the road just before us. For most of our outing there was a wild storm raging, with heavy rain and flashes of lightning.
John pointed out to us a holiday camp for temple elephants, needing a break from the routine of accepting coins from pilgrims in return for blessing them ...