The sound of silence

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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The Legend Resort

Flag of India  , Uttarakhand,
Monday, March 29, 2010

Andrew woke with a stonking hangover....the lightweight!  Still the fried egg sandwich, banana and cereal (complete with a liberal sprinkling of black dust) for breakfast seemed to do the trick and I actually convinced him that killing time wandering the bazaar (aka shopping) would be a good idea (this was agreed mainly on the understanding that we would have lunch on the way).  He hasn't gone 'soft' or anything (he made me put that in).  We took in a lot of the 'shops' I found a silk scarf in my favorite colour, bought for 170R (I am now the custodian of all the cash - thanks LEAS), and Andrew enjoyed his veg thali for lunch failing to find anything to wear that didn't clash with the ginger tricolour beardy thing.  

Spoke to my mum and dad on the phone which was really nice, the fish are still alive, the house is still standing, oh and my dad has emulsioned their hall, stairs and landing.  We left the hotel at about 2pm to head to the train station to catch our train to Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest National Park in India.  We had to get an autorickshaw as our train was leaving from Old Delhi train station, this time our driver seemed to have a penchant for extremely loud music (it could have been the Venga Bus), he also took great pleasure in kicking any vehicle that got too close, which prompted a couple of heated exchanges.  We arrived at the station to find that the train was running 1 1/2 hours late so with a heaving platform and every bench taken we had to resort to sitting on a couple of books so as not to touch the filthy floor, highly comfortable as you can imagine.

When the train did arrive we ended up sitting with a couple of retired Americans who were going on safari too, still unsure whether Ramesh would be at the station to meet us Andrew seized the opportunity to borrow their mobile phone to text him.  Ten minutes later he phoned us back to say he would be sending a driver for us, great!!!  After getting into conversation with some Indian commuters and a Spanish fellow traveller we spent much of the journey playing Rummy.  The train arrived and at a somewhat tiny train station (in comparison to many that we'd been to) was a man with a placard stating 'Welcome Andrew Stephenson'.  We were escorted to our waiting jeep and suddenly felt a huge wave of relief to be away from Delhi and able to breathe fresh air, not a whiff of urine to be had.  It was now getting on for 10pm so we drove through the main town in darkness but what was apparent even in the darkness was that the place was so, so much cleaner and we couldn't hear one single car horn.  Bliss!  There was so little light pollution on the way to the camp that the stars were amazing, the signs on the road informed motorists that "Wild animals have right of way", and "Tigers are but one of the many wonderful park sights".  

We arrived at The Legend Resort which was lit up and looked gorgeous and were shown to our room where we were expecting to be dorm bunks like we had been told, however we entered a chalet with a huge double bed, seating area, and large bathroom we both looked at each other in disbelief, there had to be a mistake.  The man who had greeted us who had generously carried my bag then asked "Now what about dinner?", this was beginning to seem unreal.  We ate a lovely array of veg curry, roti, rice etc, which he brought to our 'bungalow' and then he told us that we had to be ready for 5.30am to meet Ramesh and start our safari.  Neither of us thought we would be able to sleep, we were so seemed Andrew had come a long way since he was King of his own 'Animal Kingdom' (mainly worms, earwigs, centipedes) at the bottom of the garden in Park Road (well he was only 6 years old).       
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Andrew...Didnt realise you had your own animal kingdom. I was Queen of Snail World at Park Road but I remember your own little den area and Im sure Mike does as well.

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