The 'Real' Rajasthan
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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During our second day we met Rakesh, a jovial chap who gave us a tour in his rickshaw of the main sights around town, including the 46 metre deep Queen’s Baori or water tank decorated with stone carvings and home to a number of roosting bats, and then Sukh Mahal, a small palace where Rudyard Kipling lived for a while
This weekend is Holi, a festival held all over India which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. In the evening the streets were jam packed with revellers and we went for a brief wander although the crowds and speeding motorbikes soon sent us back to the safety of our guesthouse! We also spent most of the next day cowardly hiding away in the haveli from where we could watch the paint throwing going on in the streets below without having to actually get splatted. The whole of India basically gets busy covering each other in coloured paints from head to toe. Apparently it takes a few days to get off your skin and clothes are permanently ruined so we decided against joining in. A bit wimpish I know but we only have a few items of clothing each so that’s our excuse! I also didn’t fancy getting groped by over-excited Indian men which apparently is a common occurrence to Western females during Holi! We actually met someone who took part and had her top ripped off!
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