Yogi Erotica in Khajuraho

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, November 3, 2005

All of India is celebrating a festival called Diwali. It represents the beginning of the new business year and they celebrate and pray to their Gods for a good following year (and spend a lot of time trying to get money out of tourists because it is good luck for business). The main street in Khajuraho was lined with market stalls selling every possible type of firecracker available, and then some. Ricks favourite was the King of King Bomb which instructed you to "Place on level surface, light fuse with arms extended away from body and GET AWAY". He was a bit disappointed that I wouldn't let him buy any(I just had visions of ringing his Mum and telling her we were coming home minus two fingers).

After a very noisy night trying to sleep with all the crackers blasting away we decided to stop bumming around and headed to the Western temples in Khajuraho. There are approx seven temples devoted to the Hindu Gods. The stone masons that carved these amazing works of art had a great sense of humour. Throughout the temples are very subtly hidden Karma Sutra carvings depicting numerous erotic acts. Rick got very snap happy with his camera! We have also been shown a number of souvenirs of take home erotic carvings and tutorial books! Who said this wasn't an educational tour of India?

After three hours wandering through the temple grounds we decided to try and organise some transport onwards to Varanassi. This proved difficult as the only bus that goes there had apparently crashed and there was no replacement. After checking out flight options with Indian Air (too expensive) we asked around about other buses and taxis. We eventually discovered that we could catch a taxi the ten hours for only 4000 Rupees ($120 AUD) so we figured this was the best option. We will continue onwards tomorrow afternoon some time. Our hotel manager is trying to find someone else to share the taxi with us to cut the cost further. It is amazing how cheap you can get a cab for around here and we think this is what most tourists do as the public transport is very slow and can be unreliable.

We also did a bit of shopping today. Rick is getting a top made as they don't cater for large western sizes and the sleeves came to his mid arm. It's costing $8.35 AUD for a tailor made top! Bargain! Now we're off to Amy's Restaurant for some dinner before the noise of the fireworks kicks in again.
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