Holi Holidays

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Flag of India  , Uttar Pradesh,
Saturday, March 19, 2011

As we lazily wake up this morning and have an enjoyable breakfast, we pack our things and leave the beautiful pink city of Jaipur and head for Agra, the home of Taj Mahal.   We have been made aware from the Rajasthan locals that today starts the festival of Holi, which is a Hindu celebration that carries over two days and the method of celebration is from the joy of colour, basically a coloured water and powder fight.  So over the next two days, we have been told to observe people going about their day with colour all over their body which comes from friendly coloured water balloons and pistols.  We are also invited to join in the joy of colour if we wish, but are warned there have been cases when people have received allergies from the different types of paint used.  So I politely refuse as it won't be practical with our kids and Zinije is allergic to quite a few things. We head onto the main highway for Agra and start to see people covered in red, yellow die, even cars are covered in paint.  On the way to Agra there is a short tour planned to see another 16th century city abandoned by the Moguls called Faterpur Sikri.  It is all in Red Sandstone and not as impressive as Amber Fort palace, but was interesting  to learn about more history in this region.  We arrive to our hotel in Agra and decide to basically relax for the rest of the day, plus there is a magic show planned for the kids in the evening and I also knew the world cup cricket was on, Australia vs Pakistan.   I check the scores as soon as we get into our room and it is not pretty, Aussies all out for 176, not a great score but I  was still hopeful.  We take the kids to see the magic show and it was great entertainment for all of us where we had the opportunity to buy some of the magic tricks.  We bought some of the magic tricks for the kids, Arion is really excited and performs the tricks for us in our room for the rest of the evening.  As for the world cup cricket, the end result wasn't good for us Aussies, but as it is a group match it's not the end  of the world yet.  Come on Aussies!!  We get the kids into bed earlier today in preparation for our visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise, something we've been patiently waiting to see.
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