Driving up the road to the town at the top of the mountain was hair raising. Imagine people trying to overtake on the bends around Chapmans Peak. It's something like that with people overtaking on blind corners, narrow roads and busses and trucks. The driver tells me most of the tourists here are from Gujarat and they come here to get drunk because of restrictions on alcohol in that state. Not a very comforting thought on this road.
The accommodation I have here is also different - more of a mountain lodge with rock walls rather than a hotel. Nice views as well.
Next morning, went and did some sightseeing. Was able to go to temples and the main market without being hounded by a single person! I actually managed to find an area around the lake where I walked for 5-10 minutes without a single car or person passing me! Finally some peace and quiet on an Indian road!
The 2 Jain temples, called the Dilwara temples, were amazing, even compared to other Indian temples. Built in the 1100 and 1400's almost entirely of marble, they should be amongst the New Wonders of the World. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed.
Was back at the hotel by 2.30pm and just chilled out for the afternoon listening to the sounds of birds and dogs instead of cars and hooting and screaming