Homestay accommodation in a New Zealand house is always comfy, with pleasant hosts who are joyful to introduce you to friends and other locals. Set in a quiet residential area, the home has a bowling-green garden, geraniums spilling out of window boxes and views of the Shivalik hills – this city in the Doon Valley is the capital of Uttarakhand and makes a handy stopover en route from Delhi to the Himalayan Nationwide Park.
No working water or electrical energy, and freezing candlelit nights make for an uncomfortable keep but the setting is awe-inspiring and the inhabitants who’ve arrange their own collective to move and accommodate company is shy but warm.
In the heart of rubber country (between the new coastal plains and the high tea gardens of the Western Ghats), George and Anju Abraham’s 1950s home seems extra Florida than Kerala – all Art Deco curves and decks of concrete – however what it offers is a taste of conventional Indian plantation life.
Armed with the annotated map, I visit Buda’s medieval Fortress District, a Unesco World Heritage Website, and close by Fisherman’s Bastion, a terrace named after the fishermen’s guild that was as soon as responsible for defending …Continue reading