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Himalaya

Day 4: Fatehjang

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Prince Malik and friend prepare for a traditional welcome.
Michael Palin - HimalayaThere is clearly no point in arguing, and I hurry back down the drive to the waiting carriage.

'Michael!' he bawls after me, 'Walk round the side! Those bulls are dangerous!'

As if to prove his point, one of them breaks free of its restraining rope, snorts, lowers its head and kicks out (maybe in protest at having to wear a scarlet pom-pom hat). Someone goes down.

'Right! Start now!'

It doesn't seem to matter that no-one really knows what they're doing. It all looks absurdly colourful and manically vibrant, like the opening scene of a musical. The bulls are led forward, the veteran guard of honour present whatever arms they can lay their hands on, and my two glorious palominos, who seem to be quietly giggling to each other throughout, set off at a canter that turns into an unstoppable gallop.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 4: Fatehjang
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Fatehjang
  • Book page no: 20

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