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#16 May 4th, 2007, 19:05
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I have Visa, and I've been wondering what would be a good backup card (= generally accepted by ATMs in India) - MasterCard? I've also been wondering that if there are a couple of ATMs in Mussoorie only, how often would the ATMs be "out of stock".

(I've been through a "no lights / no money / no cash" experience with ATMs in Jodhpur - in other words, there was either no electricity (and hence no "lights" - and hence no "money"/"cash" either) or there was electricity but there was no "money"/cash".)


EDIT: Information on the Woodstock School web page - I wonder whether it's still valid; I've heard that it's no longer possible to exchange traveller's cheques in Mussoorie.
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http://www.woodstock.ac.in/AboutWS/gettinghere.htm

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Currency

Currency can be exchanged at Delhi airport on arrival. The rupee is not traded internationally, so you cannot exchange money at banks in most countries outside India. US dollars and GB sterling can be exchanged at the State Bank and the Bank of Baroda in Mussoorie. Travellers' checks can be cashed at the State Bank (American Express and Thomas Cook), and at the Bank of Baroda (Visa), both of which have branches in Mussoorie.

VISA and MasterCard ATM's are available at the Bank of Baroda (Kulri, near Picture Palace), UTI (Library end of the Mall) and the State Bank (Kulri, near the Post Office) in Mussoorie.
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Ploink - I used BOB & Uti quite a few times in the 6 weeks I was there last year and had no problems at any time with Visa.(Forgot about UTI until reading your post just now). i didn't go to SBI. Travellers' cheques, I'm not sure about - the Himalaya
Trek place were changing them at the time I was there.
Yes, Jodhpur can be awful, I have had the same problems as you but eventually found some ATM which was working - necessitated a bit of driving around to get a result!
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Originally Posted by belle View Post Random questions:
Is there an ATM in the Landour mall area, or in Mussoorie? I'm assuming there is but I'm just trying to figure out the best way to handle monney issues. Also, questions about the weather. Will it already be very rainy in June-July, or does that come later? Any suggestions on what do pack-- trying to travel as light as possible. Thanks!
The nearest ATM to Landour Cantonment (where the Language School is) is at the Clock Tower, about 1.5 km downhill. This is an SBI ATM. It takes any card with any one of the foll logos: Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro, Mastercard or Cirrus. Daily cash withdrawal limit is Rs. 15000. There is a Rs. 28 or Rs. 56 charge (depending on who your bank/card provider is)to your account every time you withdraw cash.

Rain will start end-June, and in July and August it will be coming down in buckets. Worst time of year in Muss. Sunlight will be rare, u'll feel lucky if u have a few days with just clouds.
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Rokeby Guesthouse Review

Hi all! Since I’m mostly settled in Landour, I thought I’d post a review. I’ve spent this week at Rokeby, and tomorrow I will be moving to Devdar Woods for about two months until the giant university group arrives and Prakash-ji kicks everybody else out… then I’ll be going back to Rokeby for my last few weeks. Will try to get some photos up in the next few days but can’t make any promises. Also will post a review of Devdar once I’ve spent the week there.

So here’s my “comprehensive” Rokeby review, current as of 5 May 2007. DISCLAIMER: This is my OPINION. Things here may not be the way they were six months ago, nor will they necessarily be the same six months from now. I have not seen every room in the house, but I have seen a good deal of them and spent a lot of time on the grounds.

Food:
Meals served at 7:30, 12:30, 6:30(possibly 6?). On weekends, breakfast is 8:30, no lunch Saturday, etc… Lunches are usually Indian (quite good) and breakfast/dinner are Western (half-decent, nothing to write home about). A for effort, though. Potatoes, for some reason I cannot fathom, are a main feature of all Western meals. There are a few vegetarians here at the moment, so they’ve been super accommodating, even making a separate, veg version of whatever meal is being cooked (shepherd’s pie, spaghetti, etc). Soya is used. You can keep stuff in the fridge—the staff doesn’t really like people in the kitchen, but you can get away with it.

Room:
I’m in a private room in one of the buildings outside the main house. When I arrived, the room was pretty dirty— roaches (meh) and a lot of dust, but they came and swept it out once I asked. Chair, small table, and single bed—don’t expect much more if you’re in one of the outside rooms. Some might have bureaus. Ask to see the room—they’re definitely not all equal. It’s dark, one small window, and neither the window nor door have screens, so I imagine it’ll be pretty damp during monsoon. You have to provide your own lock for all rooms. Concrete floor. Inside the house rooms are more furnished, full size desk, lamp, bureau, etc in most.

Bath:
New tiling/sink/Western-style toilet. Very clean. It should be noted that some of the indoor bathrooms, especially shared ones, are not nearly as pristine. Gas heater hooked up to shower-thing works well—when there’s water. The entire area is having a water shortage issue, so the water is turned on in the morning (sometimes every second day) at about 7am and when it runs out, it’s out. Maya-ji is really good about heating water up when you need it.

Location:
Five minutes walk down to Char Dukan, five up the hill to the Language School. Really convenient. Downside to location being that it’s on the Mussoorie side of the hill, so there’s a small amount of noise that gets through, but not enough to be disruptive. Gorgeous view from the back of the house.

Miscellaneous:
Electricity is stable—goes out sometimes in the evenings but never for more than ten or fifteen minutes. During monsoon may be another story entirely.

Laundry service is good, Tuesdays and Fridays, reliable and cheap.

In terms of safety, of the fifteen or so people staying here that I’ve spoken with, only one has had anything stolen—his iPod, a couple months ago (I think).

The dining room and TV room are both nice, well-kept. TV room has a DVD player, but it’s broken. There’s a lounge with comfy chairs and couches upstairs, as well as a balcony on the roof.

Mealtimes, the tables get a bit crowded but it’s enjoyable—the crowd staying here is really friendly, there’s a lot of camaraderie and I’d say 95% of the occupants are language students, which makes studying easy when everyone else is sitting around doing the same in the afternoons and evenings. Also diverse: two Norwegians, two Germans, six or so Canadians and Americans, a Brazilian, ten-ish Koreans, two Australians, two Brits… really an interesting group.

And finally, all the negative things I’ve heard about the ultra-conservative Christian atmosphere at Rokeby don’t seem to apply at the moment. The owner is rarely seen. There are quite a few people here who are studying Hindi for church-related reasons, but honestly? A couple people praying silently over food at mealtimes isn’t so bad. No mandatory bible study, no curfew, no being ostracized for not attending church. Pretty mellow. And not everybody is Christian, either.

Overall, I think it's a good place to stay-- so long as you get a good room. Unless you like camping.

The end!
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Thanks decamped

Thanks for your review Decamped, it was really interesting to hear what it is like there right now. Out of curiosity have you met anyone who is staying at Ivy Bank? Also, how are the Hindi tutors at the school?
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I'm comin' to Mussoorie

I am moving to Mussoorie this sumer to teach at one of the private schools in town. I will be there from the middle of July for at least 2 years. I would also like to meet some IMers when I first get to town to help ease the transition into my new Indian life. I will continue to watch this thread, as I have a few months yet. I'll be in touch again.
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Have not yet met anyone staying at Ivy Bank, belle.

All the teachers I've had at the school thus far (5) have been excellent. I think my favorite is Dinkar-ji... his drilling style is great. Very popular with the students further along in the book: Urmila,Archana, and one other person I'm forgetting. But yeah, they've all been awesome.

OcoeeG, do you know where you'll be staying when you first arrive?
#23 May 7th, 2007, 17:33
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DC,
I will be teaching at Woodstock School. They have housing for their faculty. So that is where I will be staying. I heard the weather there is wonderful right now. Monsoon is on the way though. I will be getting there right as monsoon is getting started. How long will you be there for? I imagine you will be gone by July huh?
Well have fun.
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Just to say... decamped, great to hear from you! Thanks for the review & looking forward to the Dev Dar Woods review. And thanks for the ATM/money advice, Aishah.

BTW, from what I gathered, the single rooms in Dev Dar Woods are cheaper than the single rooms in Rokeby - now I wonder how the single rooms in Dev Dar are?!
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I was in Mussoorie from mid-May to end of June last year and the rain was not too much of a problem - I think July it will be worse, so don't worry too much about monsoon except from July on..
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yep, the weather is gorgeous... warm in the mornings and afternoons and cool in the evenings... not as clear as it was a month ago but nice nonetheless.

will be in mussoorie/landour until july 31st, actually.

so far, i'm liking devdar more than rokeby for sure. and paying 50rs less. huzzah!
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Are you seeing Himalayan views decamped? Or is the air too hazy now? When I was there last year I only saw them on 3 occasions, because of dampness in valleys etc. too much haze most of the time.
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internet

Hey Decamped,

Where are you posting from? Is there an internet place near the school?
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Yes, how are the "spectacular views of the Himalayas" from Dev Dar Woods?
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S'pretty hazy. In the last week and a half it has rained twice, and both times the view was much improved for a few hours afterwards. The rooms at Devdar that have Himalayan views are the cabins up the hill, as far as I can tell.

belle, there's internet at Char Dukan, a ten-ish minute stroll down the hill from the language school. The shopkeeper has 6 computers and also 4(?) usb cable thingies in the shop proper if you want to bring your own computer (many people do). 40rs an hour either way. closest internet after that is down in landour bazaar.

will post some pictures of devdar and rokeby this weekend when i've got a break from class!!!
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