Day 6 - Sunday, 10 February 2013 - Khajuraho / Orchha
10.02.2013 - 10.02.2013
On the bus at 8am for the road trip to Orchha. Only 130 kms through rural India, but the trip took about 5 hours, with an half an hour stop along the way for a comfort stop. No toilet on the bus.
It is fascinating driving through rural India and watching all the happenings along the side of the road. Indian men wee anywhere, beside a wall or a tree and for no 2s, they squat in a ditch by the side of the road. They don't seem to use toilet paper so goodness knows what they do. Strangely, we have smelt no awful smells, just a urine smell at the top of the ghats in Varanasi.
Arrived at the Orchha Resort just in time for a buffet vegetarian luncheon. Very nice.
Walked around the resort and on looking over the wall, discovered a whole new world. There is a lovely river and a causeway and rocks, where women are washing and men are bathing. Very authentic.
We walked through the extensive grounds and came across a back packers tented section and chatted with a Swedish girl who is travelling around the world in a group. They had just come from Agra but she didn't see it because she was sick.
Toured the Ram Raja Temple dedicated to Lord Ram and saw some fantastic frescos in really good condition in the palace dining room and the King's bedroom that were over 450 years old.
Walked back to the bus through the streets of Orchha and then a few of the keen photographers, with our guide Claire, walked across the single land bridge to watch the sunset.
It was very scary as we were standing on a single lane bridge with lots of others and people were coming and going across the bridge - walkers, cyclists, cars, trucks and buses. Got the sunset shots and walked back actross the bridge and up to our hotel. Claire is a very good guide.
Changed for dinner and walked up the hill from our hotel to a magnificent hotel, where we had a lovely buffet dinner. It was so lovely and old world, we are all wondering why we aren't staying here. It was called the Amar Mahal Hotel, Orchha and was fantastic.
Back to our hotel and into bed as we have a very early start tomorrow!