Boating and swimming in Mahablaeshwar

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
Trip End Apr 17, 2010

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Sue and Partap's farm

Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Saturday, January 30, 2010

We decide to take a boat out on the big dam - it is a huge expanse of water with hardly anyone on it - no sailing boats and a few motor boats with very load engines. We hire a boat with a driver for an hour or so and head to a small island where no one else has stopped. We manage to fit in a quick swim (after assurances that there are no crocodiles) - Phoebe is still not sure and then as if from no where a boat appears and stops at the island followed by another - our driver assures us that he has never stoppped here before and that no one else normally stops here either. Serious trend setters we are - it is a good excursion although the engine is very noisy so there isn't much chance of a chat as we head back. The fruit bats in the tree by the water are amazing - there are hundreds of them and although most of them asleep a few occasionally uncurl their wings - they have huge wingspans and they do look incredibly draculesque.

On the drive back towards Mahabaleshwar we spot a small cafe with an amazing view across the water - it doesn't have a menu but is very happy to do omlettes and chapatis - the first time they have served this we are told. There are a few games set up throwing balls and knocking over things which Phoebe and Patch are very keen to play - the chapatis and egg are a big hit and all for a few pounds - they also have lots of strawberries which we buy for supper.Then just to make every thing very surreal a large car full stop at this tiny cafe and order chapatis and omlettes which are suddenly very much on the menu.

Back in Mahabaleshwar we go to the golf club which still has a colonial feel to it with tea taken on the lawn, a formal dining area and the inevitable dress codes which go with this. This is where cousin Numrita got married and where all her friends stayed. Its great fun walking back through the market in Mahabaleshwar - it is so colourful and full of life - I hurriedly buy a pashmina with Sue and Phoebe and wish that i had more time to explore the market without children - we then find Phoebe some plimsolls so that she can go roller blading just down the road. There is a club here where Numrita and Tara used to come and even Jake has a go at roller blading - I'm quite relieved when he wants to give up and we all have a go at table tennis before heading home to the farm for supper. Mahabaleshwar has a real charm about it.
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