Relaxing in the cold
Dalhousie Travel Blog› entry 9 of 37 › view all entries
...and being ill again, unfortunately.
But first the good bit! We headed up into Himachal Pradesh, and the foothills of the Himalayas. Bang out of season, we arrived in Dalhousie. It's an old British hill station; where the British went to escape the summer heat. We went there in December, so it was freezing.
We treated ourselves to the most expensive room in the most expensive hotel in town (the Hotel Grand View), which worked out at about $US35 a night; at least five times more than we were used to paying. For that we got a separate living room and bedroom, each with its own television, plus a bathroom with bath! The bedroom was equipped with a four-poster bed, and the bathroom with hot water.
The stay in the hotel was our main reason for visiting the town. There's not much going on there, but it's a beautiful spot, with fantastic scenery and views. For the first time in India, we remembered what true peace and quiet are like; you could stop walking and listen to the sounds of nature, without the roar of traffic and the bustle of people all around you. Even the more rural parts of Karnataka hadn't inspired the same sense of calm as Dalhousie did. I think that the cold weather helped; I've always preferred the cold to the heat.
There only seemed to be one other couple staying in the hotel; there was hardly anyone around. When we came to pay they wanted us to pay cash, and never registered us in the visitors' book. I suspect they wanted to be able to pocket the tourist tax.
Now the less good bit: I had a three day recurrence of the illness I had in China, which this time added a day of aching joints and creeping skin to the more usual symptoms of something approaching dysentery. Not very nice at all, but fortunately only three days, not the month I had in China.