WT005 - HOLI AND THE GOLDEN CITY

We didn't expect to catch the most famous festival in India - the Holi Festival - but thank God we did. It was something from a different world and impossible to explain in words. HOLI, which means Hate Out Love In, is the Hindu spring festival, also known as the colour festival, and is celebrated throughout India between the 1st and 2nd of March. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. All participants throw colourful powders at each other, mostly in the face and arms, and exchange hugs (typical with female tourists). We attended the festival in Jaisalmer and even better inside the city's hilltop Fort, where still many people live and the most fascinating detailed architecture I've seen in India presents itself. Called the Golden City, Jaisalmer is distinguished by its yellow sandstone buildings, fitting perfectly in its desert profile.


Note: as a female traveler be extra careful with the men around you. During the festival many men will try to advance on you and touch you in every place possible.

Tip: stay at the Swan Hostel Jaisalmer! Friendly staff, awesome rooms and service, and not to forget the best restaurant in town.


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