A quick update; since the last post, I have done these things…
Taken a morning walk from Asi Ghat to Dashawamedh Ghat in Varanasi. We also witnessed the nightly Aarti ceremony.
Taken a local bus from Agra to Jaipur and stayed the in funkiest most eclectic hotel I’ve ever seen; Jaipur Inn. The next morning we visited Amber Fort in Jaipur – huge place with lots of steps and so much to see. It’s really beautiful!
Saw gemstone carvers at work and bought some Jaipur gemstones.
As well, we learned about the technique of block printing, which is special to Jaipur. You better believe I bought some meters of gorgeous Indian block printed fabric.
In Tordi, we also did a safari around the farmland and climbed up a sand dune to watch the sunset.
That evening we had henna done by two local girls and had an amazing dinner on the terrace of the castle, under the stars. We extended our evening by taking the Jeeps outside the centre of Tordi Sāgar and having a bonfire. We talked and played games – it was wonderful!
The next morning we took a walking tour of Tordi Sāgar, stopping at a Jain Temple and Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. We also stopped by the local Planeterra supported school for girls and visited the students (some of the girls had their brothers with them). We handed out notebook, pencils, chalk tablets and socks, which we had all acquired by pooling together our Rupees.
I apologise for the briefness of this post. Better and more detailed stories are in your future.