Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
Trip End May 05, 2011

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Saturday, January 22, 2011

So I got up really early this morning and took two buses to get myself to Ooty.  You're meant to come on the train really, as it's a UNESCO listed scenic route, but the tickets sell out way in advance.  I still don't know if I'll get on the one back tomorrow (I'm no.4 on waiting list).  The bus ride was nice enough though, winding up the steep cliff with only palm trees and monkeys reminding you this isn't the Alps.

Ooty is where British colonialists used to escape to during the hot summer, as it's a beauty spot at high altitude.  Hot enough for me in winter though!  Apparently the nights get cold but after Agra I can face anything!  There's a definite British influence here, especially evident in the number of churches.  I went into one just now which literally could have been in any English village.  There's also a lake where you can rent boats - the place is overrun with Indian tourists by the coachload, and this is off-peak

One of the main reasons I wanted to come though was for the Thread Garden.  The Lonely Planet says 'your love of the Thread Garden depends on your love of irony and kitsch...'  Sounds up my street.  It's a 'garden' full of 'plants' made from thread.  I was expecting something 'so bad it's good' but in fact I was shocked at how realistic the garden looked, even if some of the plants did look a little dusty.  The dim light and fact that the whole thing was behind a barrier probably helped, not sure how it would stand up as an outdoor site.  The place is covered in signs telling you what a 'miracle' the thing is - it took fifty women 12 years to complete it, in 2001.  At the end you get to see one close-up, and an example of how it's made, which is useful because just by looking I found it impossible to work it out!  It's basically a piece of card shaped like a leaf or whatever, with sewing thread of various colours wrapped around it.  Interesting place anyway!

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mum, karen & margy on

just read all the blogs and you've gone a long way both in mikes and experiences
take care

mum on

sorry 'mikes' should read 'miles'!!

grandma and grandad on

Good to hear that you seem to be clear of the parasites for a while. gosh you are doing a lot in such a short time, there is not much of you but we admire your stamina, keep well and be happy.
love from us both.

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