Moreover, I was lucky enough to stay in exactly the same room where I stayed in 1999. That's how it was then:
Rain and fog, fog and rain. And a woodpecker for company. It was a wise decision to take the 75-300 IS tele with me.
I loved that hotel. Can't get more cozy than that.
Mussoorie is famous for its boarding schools. Certainly no place for rebellious kids.
I didn't take much photos in Mussoorie. This is a masala post - meaning, here I mix photos taken in the town and around (Dehra Dun, actually). Masala means a mixture of spices. Mixture of photos, then.
I met a swami, a holy man, whom I asked to pray for an ill friend.
And then there were these little sisters, heavily made up for a visit in a temple.
I had big plans for Mussoorie - there is a very nice old British cemetery (if one can call a cemetery "nice") I wanted to photograph on infrared film but weather didn't make this possible.
A lovely town, though. Or once it was.
But there is a great bookstore.
And people, who let me take their photograph in exchange for an almost full box of Gold Flake cigarettes.
Talking about spice and masala... the best way to survive India with a healthy stomach is to eat at roadside restaurants. And the safest and most reliable food is chowmein, an Oriental noodle dish, as delicious as easy to prepare.
- 1/2 pound fresh egg noodles/spaghetti
- 1 onion
- 1 can bamboo shoots
- 1-2 eggs (hardboiled)
- 4-5 cabbage leafs
- 2 slices ginger
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon vinegar (rice vinegar if available)
- 2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
You can add sliced tomatoes when ready, or minced meat or chicken (at the point when the onion comes in and fry), there are more ways to prepare chowmein than there are dhabas in India. The recipe here is a "common denominator" of all the dhabas where I had chowmein. I survived and so will you if you try.