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Price of water in mountains

I had first written this post almost a year back which got lost and thought of reblogging the same based on my memory of that night.  We had put up in the government guest house in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand in the foothills of Himalayas, tucked between big pine trees at 7000 feet and temperatures close to 2 degrees. It had started raining suddenly before dinner and we were the only two tourists in that hotel which worked to add up to about nine tourists in total who were staying that night in a small town of Dhanaulti. While having dinner, we wanted to go for the standard bottled water (without trusting the water purifier system). Two very friendly service boys were standing eagerly to take our commands. There was only one small shop in front of us which was open in that dark, cold, wet night (although it was just 7:30 pm). We asked him to get us a bottle of water and wondered how much would be the price.

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