Holi Festival

Trip Start Feb 13, 2010
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Trip End Aug 15, 2010


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Flag of India  , Rājasthān,
Sunday, February 28, 2010

We travelled to Udaipur by sleeper bus for the first time, which we entered to find a group of 3 poor women and 6 little children in our bed. when we told them it was our bed they thrust the youngest (who was naked) into our face so as to say 'how can you chuck us out of here'. So we faced the morale dilemma of giving up our bed, but potentially not having a seat, or telling the driver to move them. We are ashamed to say that we quickly decided to tell the driver who came up the bus to remove them. As much as we were pleased to have our bed for the 8 hour journey we did feel a little bad for them.

So we arrived in udaipur at around 5 in the morning, never a good time to try to get a room. Becca had written down an address of a recommended hotel wrong that lead us to aimlessly drive around in a taxi for around an hour. but once we found it we were pleased as it had a TV with BBC news world and movies (i enjoyed silence of the lambs one day whilst Becca wasn't feeling well)

On our first day we visited the temple that wasn't a patch on Jodphur fort and a zoo where we saw a bear.  The evening marked the beginning of the Holi festival. It celebrates the beginning of summer and is enacted with basically a massive paint fight. So on the evening there were a lot of fireworks and bonfires (which in one of my videos you can see that a firework hits a electricity pole and cuts out all power in the town), but the next day was when the celebrations really began.

We awoke the next day, and despite warnings from our hotel owner left our hotel with paint, water guns and wearing cheap clothes we had bought the day before in preparation. Within 10 seconds people approached us and covered our faces in paint - green blue red yellow and blue. At this point it seems appropriate to highlight the typical Indian mans fascination in western white women. This lead the day to be a bit of a struggle for Becca as she had to stop a minority of men feeling her chest, and me to push those that succeeded away. Fortunately we found way to the main square where we met a couple from manchester - Ben and Jess, and Anuup, a short New Yorker. 

 The main square was populated with police men with large wooden sticks. whenever anyone tried to grab becca or jess and the police saw they would batter their sticks into the back of their legs to get them away. Once we figured out this protection we had we used it to our advantage by pointing the culprits out to the police who would do their thing. This we found so bizarre as it would never happen in england. Feeling a bit more comfortable we were able to have more fun in the paint fight, and finally retreated to our hotel roof top where the now thick layer of paint dried onto our skin. It took us around 5 days to finally get the last marks of paint off our body.

The evening was spent with our new friends watching james bond - Octopussy in a bar, which is filmed in Udaipur, and enjoying some special lassis (india's version of milkshakes).

our next day was filled with a boat ride, watching a traditional rajasthani dance show, and the arrival of our friends jodie and emily. 

it was great to see them and we enjoyed getting a henna (even me), and getting a cookery class - so we are now indian cuisine experts. 

our time with them was short as we left that night with a bus ride to Bundi. for me udaipur was one of the most beautiful places we have been with the lake and we were glad to have enjoyed a traditional indian festival amongst the locals.

 
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Anuup on

All I get is short new yorker and my name spelled wrong.

You forgot to mention how well you too handled the bang lassi's!

hope all is well!

Becca on

I would like to inform you that Michael was the culprit of this spelling faux pas. 'Rebecca Butterworth' would never be responsible for such error!

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