[My letters home had been full of ‘the great hospitality aboard the Golden Bell’ and the ‘superb meals’ cooked by Noor’s father, but now it was back to reality – the bus and camping rough and watching out for reptiles in the long grass! I obviously wasn’t adapting well, as that night I went to bed without supper – I assume it was my choice and I wasn’t banished for inferior cooking]
SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER, 1976
“Left houseboats early – given pack lunches – father came through for tip. Noor saw us off. Nice morning – sunny when leaving of course. Felt like beginning of term to get onto empty bus again!
Valley looked nicer in sunlight. Snow quite low down – fallen since we’d come. Passed huge army convoy all having a pee at side of the road! Climbed up to pass again. Lovely gorge on other side – trees again on steep sided mountains.
Signs on roads like, “Drive slowly your family needs you”! Made good time – reached Kud again where ate picnic lunch at cay shop on terrace.
cay shop at Kud
Hills smaller, trees more dense. Hydro-electric station. Lovely purple hedgerows.
Drove quite late and camped on bit of old road – tents all in a row (Charge of the Light Brigade style!) Geoff said keep out of long grass – snakes!! Went to bed early without supper – so tired.”
Monitor lizard found in my grandparents’
garden in Indian foothills, 1930s