Friends of Orchha is a development program giving travellers the opportunity to stay with local villagers in their homestay program. Simple accommodation is built, including toilets and shower, and food is as the family would prepare and eat. It gave us the chance to closely observe the daily life and routines of the Village. The Friends of Orchha have also established an after school youth program where volunteers come to work with the local kids and help develop their English skills through games and less formal social activities. We were delighted to be asked to join in and teach some songs and games to the kids. We found the whole experience at Ganj relaxing and a break from the craziness and intensity of those experiences of India thus far. Thanks to Hari and Kusum for opening their home to us………..and supplying the surprising firefly display each night…….and to Ashok for his support.
Should you wish to know more, visit http://www.orchha.org
Some of our time was spent at the nearby cenotaphs, temples and palaces, where sadly much of the buildings and paintings are either damaged or in decline due to a lack of funding. It seems that there are only so many monuments that can be rescued in a country which has such a long history.
A relaxing overnight train trip to Varanasi as we had the first class sleeper to ourselves! Just a week left before we depart for Oz, however more adventures to come.