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The heat in Orchha is really intense during the day so we headed out pretty early to get what we could, done. Breakfast was on the terrace which had some nice views. The food was continental but still lovely. We headed straight for the Palace, built by the son of the King who built the Taj Mahal. It was huge and took a long time to walk around. A lot of the art is still on the walls, most displaying stories of the God, Krishna and local life. We then went to the temple at the top of some really high stairs. It is a gorgeous building and huge to look through. It seemed to be the home to loads of monkeys too so Michael, a German group member bought some bananas to feed them. They got a bit cheeky after a while and started following himn around, pulling at him. Funny to watch! No shoes or bags could be warn up to the Gods so we left them all in a corner. Very elaborate colours and decorations. A few people were praying at the foot of the entrance, so we just watched.
After a quick drink in the market, we got some auto-rickshaws to a paper making factory, government funded to help local women in the area. It was amazing to actually see how paper is made. They didn't use wood like you'd expect, they used cotton. I ended up buying a few things in th shop to send home.
Back in the village we had lunch on a first floor viranda and it was gorgeous food. I had a lassi too (a sweet yoghurt drink) which was definitely the best so far. Katy, Maggie and I then took a wonder round the stalls and managed some pretty good deals with the locals. I'm getting used to it now and loving it!
To end the day, we went water rafting in front of the hotel. It wasn't too white waterish but still an activity to remember. Most of us ended up jumping in to the river and swimming about for a while. Its kinda hard when you have a life jacket on and a helmet by no matter! The guys that took us then gave us dinner and tea which we weren't expecting. What a way to end the day.