Nawalgarh - haveli good time
Trip Start Nov 01, 2005
27Trip End Apr 30, 2006
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We stayed in a wonderful eco-guest house on an organic farm. It was refreshing to stay somewhere with good water saving policies. Rajasthan has such problems with water shortages and drainage, yet most hotels here have leaking taps and cisterns. Most of the grey water in the desert towns ends up in foetid stinking lakes.
Our room was a small circular hut made of cow dung and sand with a thatched roof.
Walking throgh the small dusty market town of Nawalgarh we saw many painted havelis
Not so many tourists come to this region, so we attracted even more than the usual amount of staring. Our celebrity increased after our photo was on the front page of the local newspaper 'Two foreigners try tie and dye'. We spent a day learning the traditional Rajasthani tie and dye technique (bhandini/bhandej) from a local artisan. In this region this art is on the verge of disappearing due to cheap machine made imitations. It was a relaxing morning sitting under a tree while Ousman showed us how to take small pinches of fabric and tightly wind cotton around to form minature cones. When died the tied part comes out as a tiny square with a dot in the middle.