A nice lie in, in a comfortable bed is almost enough to undo all the aches and pains of sleeper buses and trains and no sleep at all, almost but not quite 🙂
Breakfast at 10am and then a walk through Ooty, looking at markets and shops, buying local tea and trinkets and booking a day trip for tomorrow. Ooty is one of the cleanest places we’ve seen and full of interesting little shops. Its big too, a multitude of little brightly coloured scattered across the hillsides around the high mountain valley it sits in.
A visit to the train station, home of the famous mountain railway, and where the school kids from across the way were all playing on the tracks by the platform during their lunch break. The ticket office was shut but luckily in an attempt to find lunch, we somehow instead found ourselves in a hotel bar perched high above the town with great views and the added bonus of a 3G signal good enough to book train tickets on using my trusty old Nokia.
Mission accomplished we skipped lunch and headed back to our own hotel for a rest. We had met a nice couple from England on the bus ride, Davinder and Baljinder, and agreed to meet them for dinner. We went to one of the large hotels in Ooty which looks about 100 years old but turns out to only have been built about 12 years ago. Dinner was delicious and they had beer for Paul and gin and tonic for Emma which was a welcome bonus 🙂
Davinder and Baljinder have been everywhere and were full of fascinating stories – giving us lots of ideas of places to go – they really are the travelling nomads!