In the wonderland
Orchha Travel Blog› entry 5 of 10 › view all entries
April 8th, 2009 – by: marcelinka85
Yes, and I did say tents. When I first signed up for a GAP adventure tour I actually thought that these tents will resemble, more or less, those I use when camping in Pennsylvaniaâ€™s woods. But I was wrong and I was so happy that I didnâ€™t volunteered to take a room in the adjacent hotel building (at Orchha Resort).
The tents were amazing. They had air-conditioning, really nice beds, a separate shower and toilet, tv, dresser, mirror, chairs, etc. And when you opened your door in the morning you were greeted by the sight of the most amazing architecture staring back at you.
After everyone settled in, we went to the town to see the sights. There was not a lot of tourists â€¦ actually I saw maybe 3-4 people walking around and it felt good. In the evening we all stopped by the local temple and listened to monks speaking just in the middle of the town. It was a great experience even thou non of us could understand a thing - yet we all felt the excitement of the town during this festival. After sitting on the ground for another 30 minutes it was time for dinner. And the dinner itself was an experience.
Our guide took us to the upscale restaurant located right in the palace. There we watched some local girls (or rather boys dressed as girls) dancing and proceeded for our table.
In the morning we had a time off to ourselves. My sister was still in bed so I decided to see a little bit of town on my own. I went down to the local river but because of the time of the year it was almost nonexistent. Instead there were huge rocks sticking out from what was left from the river. On those rocks I could see many locals washing their clothes, bathingâ€¦ I stepped down from the bridge onto the rocks and soon was called over by couple of local women. They gave me a piece of watermelon and invited me to stay. Since non of us could speak the same language our conversation was limited to many smiles and exchange of looks. I stayed with them for nearly 20 min. observing their daily routine and then came back to my lovely tent.
The same day we all went to see the Orchha palace complex in more detail. It was breathtaking and the history of the place was equally enchanting. I would recommend everyone to visit.
PS: look for the monkeys there are hiding in the most surprising of places.
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