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After a beautiful time in Benaulim, headed off to the Goan airport for my flight to Jaipur. Met Snaz and Gaz at the airport. Flight was great. Jet Airways ROCKS (have i said that in the previous entries? cos they do!). And it's not just because the male air hosts (right terms for them???) are cute as buttons. hehehe In our stopover in Mumbai, the …
... milling around teh station, there were also plenty of rats milling about the tracks. Incredible India. Alas though I was in the right train station at the right time, the train wasn't - 2 hours later we pulled out and eventually rocked up at Jaipur station for 1.15. Luckily I'd arranged with my hotel for a free train station pick up and that was just as well cos the Jaipur tuk tuk touts are a persistent bunch, in your face as soon as you step off the train ...
... arrive at Elephantastic and are greeted by the owner, Rahul. He has 24 elephants. We are able to feed about 7 of them. First bananas and then millet. Some people are painting the elephant's heads and sides. The mahout paints the design and each person chooses the color he or she wants to use. Rahul tells us that we will be taken to his mother's house for lunch. Wow! Didn't expect that and we're really hungry so it all works out well. Rahul's brother drives us a few blocks ...
... still had all of the shops to take us to that he clearly claims commission from. To a point, we didn’t mind, as each shop we had a little demo of how things were made/printed/dyed and were given free cold drinks! We had nowhere desperate to be, so why the hell not! The shop I came closest to spending a fortune in was another material shop, this time not on clothes, but on bedspreads/duvet sets. They were amazing, I could have had about 10 sets, but the whole transport issue ...
... then throw in Technicolor powder of every possible hue and you have an explosion of Joy. Like we said, you really have to experience this!
We had been told that the celebrations for Holi start early in the morning, with some revelers actually continuing on from the bonfires the night before, so upon exiting the hotel in the morning, we were fully prepared to have dye thrown upon us. No such danger. The neighborhood around our hotel still seemed asleep ...
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