Happy Holi

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2012

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Pink Sun Hotel
Nirvana Hostel

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

After our over night bus we had to find the energy to head to the park and attend the annual Elephant Festival.

The festival was a great experience and we spent the day admiring the competing elephant's costumes'. For us the real attraction of the day was the Elephant tug of war, and the Elephant polo. So we left the ground delighted that both had been cancelled due to poor crowd control and got an early night in preparation for Holy festival the next day.

In Jaipur we booked a 3 night stay at the Nirvana Hotel, and were a little bit shocked that it was not in the city centre like it says on its website. Instead, it was 8km's outside of the city. 

 After one night, and on the morning of the Holi Festival we explained we would be checking out and moving closer to the centre. The receptionist said that we would only be allowed to leave if we paid for all of the three nights that we booked. I declined his offer, and he said that the boss was on his way to explain it again to me.

We then decided that the only sensible option left open to us was to leg it. And, to leg it before the boss arrived and the hotel staff doubled in number. A very very quick pack of the bags, and a gentle push past the receptionist and we were in the clear. Although being 8ks' from town and few taxis working the national holiday we were a little stuck, as we both agreed that the Nirvana Hotel would be unlikely to call us a cab. So we had to resort to hitch-hiking to take us in to town, where we could celebrate the festival properly.

Holi festival is to celebrate the arrival of spring and is celebrated by all the men going out in to the street and getting drunk and throwing coloured powder at each other. It was maybe the strangest day of my life, with my time equally split between throwing coloured powder at Indian men, hugging Indian men and chasing off Indian men that would attempt to sexually assault Charlie.

Thankfully we spent the day with two other male travellers and between us we ensured that Charlie only suffered 3 very minor sexual assaults.

Our final day we spent trying to get the colour out of our hair before taking a six hour bus to the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra.

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