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Himalaya

Day 4: Fatehjang

Pakistan 
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Palatial hospitality at Chateau Fatehjang.
Michael Palin - HimalayaThere seems to be almost too much space inside the house. Even without seeing any of the 28 bedrooms, I feel it in the dining room, with its high empty walls and giant table on which the eight places set out for us barely make an impression.

'D'you eat here even when you're on your own?' I ask the Prince.

'My father told me never to dine alone,' he replies briskly. 'If I have no-one to dine with, I go outside and find someone.'

At one end of the gloomy room, tall green electric fans are clustered together, heads bowed like dormant sunflowers. At the other, there is a marble mantelpiece on which is framed a front page of The Times with a photo of Prince Malik tent-pegging in Hyde Park.

'I was the champion tent-pegger in Pakistan. It is a very difficult thing to do you know.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 4: Fatehjang
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Fatehjang
  • Book page no: 21

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