Trip Start Oct 31, 2014
Trip End Aug 10, 2015

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Friday, March 6, 2015

Woke up very excited about Holi festival today and hurried over breakfast as we were meeting Chris and Nic in the square at 9am. We met a nice Canadian woman, Ann, who also wanted to join in but was worried about being alone as a woman as she had heard that the men can get a bit gropey! We convinced her to come along with us for a little while and she quickly got chanted as Joe went out to meet Nic and Chris (we were running late) to bring them back to the hotel. He was only gone 5 minutes and was already covered from head to toe in colourful powder paint when he returned!

After collecting our paint ammo we all braced ourselves for the inevitable barrage of powder as we nervously approached the first public square in the fort. It was quite surprising to find the holi revellers being very gentle at this particular place as they softly smeared paint on either side of our cheeks before giving you a hug and saying "happy holi!" The crowd were really well mannered and the presence of a camera crew and the fact the locals weren't too munted on Bhang lassi yet helped proceedings get off to a great start.

Anne headed back, and for the rest of us it was fantastic watching the local kids play holi and even the animals couldn't escape as we walked past multicoloured cows and dogs into the larger fort square. Here there was a bigger crowd of lads in high (Bhang lassi) spirits and at times it was difficult to walk through as they loved to target the foreigners especially the women. Hannah's count was two side-boobs, a butt graze and 2 semi-grinds on the leg by excitable youths :( yuck! We kept on walking outside the fort throwing paint as we went before returning back inside to get some well deserved solace at a German bakery. At a safe distance we just sat there and watched the carnage unfold. By this time the blokes were getting a bit gropey (A bloke blatantly squeezed Nic's boob but then ran away when Chris have him a bollocking!) so we decided to call it a day and return back to the hotel in an attempt to get clean.

Well it took about an hour of frantic scrubbing in the shower to get the paint powder out! We had it in our hair, ears, noses, belly buttons and other unmentionable nooks and crannies as the water turned a weird grey/purple as it rinsed away down the plug hole. We were however so pleased we had a nice hotel with constant warm water! We pretty much chilled out for the rest of the day until the paint throwing was done and then headed out later that evening with Nic and Chris to have dinner and a few beers outside the fort at the Blue cafe. The paint throwing had subsided at around 1pm so the streets were pretty quiet since everyone was a home having family feasts, but the roads were all pink and red from the day's events.

Fantastic day which we'll never forget!
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