Trip Start Dec 26, 2014
98Trip End Apr 03, 2015
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Holi festival had arrived. Last night we had bought some fetching clobber (not) being traditional Indian garments as we heard your clothes will be covered in colour and ate our McVities biscuits for breakfast as everywhere was closed until 3.30pm.
We wandered the streets greeting locals along the way with "Happy Holi" and were covered in various colours from pinks, greens, yellows, purples, blues and reds. Coloured water was sprayed from windows above, water bombs thrown and hugs given. We were soaked through, covered in colour and had beeming smiles, it was a very humbling and fantastic experience to be a part of. During Holi any feeling of hardship or animosity is forgotten. It is said that even enemies become your friends
Returning to the hotel, we had to request for the hot water to be turned on before we could grab showers and watched the water change colour and drain away. We then had to hide out in our hotel until it was safe to go out, luckily by 3.30pm it was all over. We went out to Kathmandu cafe and had a late lunch sitting by the upstairs window watching the world go by. We saw colourful people sauntering back to their homes, men showing affection to their friends by holding hands (nothing related to sexual orientation, its just how they are) and noticing those who had "enjoyed themselves" too much. It was an amazing day and much enjoyed by all.
In the evening, we had dinnernat a rooftop cafe watching the crazyness of the street below go by. Stray dogs were barking, deals being struck at the shops, cows finding food, traffic beeping through the crowds and just general life in India going by in its daily routine.