Rajni Cooking Class in Orchha
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Mainly a rest day. Some of us went to a morning cooking class while others lounged about at the hotel. Orchha Resort is an established hotel set down a slope from the road. It is within walking distance to the village, but the road is full of BIG speed bumps (really big when riding in a tun-tuk) and rough edges. There is a lovely pool, fitness room, spa (for totally nude uncovered massage which surprised some of the girls), and a restaurant.
Our room was big with a couch, a small single bed,
and a king bed set on marble base, elaborately carved head board and foot
board. There was a fancy "canopy" above the head of the bed with marble
bedside lamps that looked like mini Taj Mahals. One was larger than the
other, so we assumed it was the Taj with a purple light and Baby Taj with
a green light. Great night lights. A 12-foot mural was on one wall, depicting
the Raj, his wife, and concubines, dancing girls, etc.
For those who did not go to the cooking class, Parakrum kept room 218 to store luggage and for resting. We kept our room until departure for the train at 8 pm. Special rate was only 150 rupees ($30.00 USD) but regular rate is 1500 rupees. As there was no WiFi, it worked out well as we had a good rest in preparation for the trip.
The buffets were expensive, but G-Adventures had a reduced rate of 350 rupees for lunch or dinner. Breaklfast was 200 rupees, which included an omelete cooked to order. Bottled water was expensive, 70 rupees whereas other places have been 30 - 40 rupees. We had bought some at the market on the way back from the temple last night for 20 rupees each.
Seven women and two guys went to Indu’s wife’s house
for cooking class: Rajni Cooking Class. We were driven there by tuk-tuk,
entered the front room, took shoes off, then into a sitting room. At one
end of the U arrangement was a very low stool, a 2-burner propane stove,
trays of spices, ingredients, oil, etc. Not sure if her name is Rajni,
the same as what’s on the letterhead, but it will do. These are the dishes
that were offered:
2. Eggplant - potato curry:
3. Mather Paneer (Peas and paneer in curry sauce)
4. Bubdi Raita (deep-fried chickpeas and Yogurt)
5. Jeera Rice:
6. Dal Fry (Lentlls):
7. Poori / chapatti - same dough:
Enjoyed the meal and took the tuk-tuk back to the hotel -- had a good rest, and we went down to the restaurant for some food before the train. Decided to eat light as toilets are, um...a challenge on the train, especially at night! Ordered mulligatawny soup which we love, but this was not at all like what we expected: lightly flavoured broth with bits of rice. Glad we also ordered jeera rice and buttered naan. There was a dinner party set up poolside but it wasn't going yet, so we didn't see what it was all about.
Later we had to travel to catch a 10:30 night train to Varanasi. We were looking forward to shopping there, hoping to pick up a couple more cotton Indian tops as it was sure to be to be hot down south!
We gathered at 8 pm for a 45 minute drive to Jhansi train station for our over-night train (+10 hours) to Varanasi, our next stop for 2 nights. Varanasi is considered the "Mecca" for Hindus. The hotel was called Holy City, in the centre of many attractions. We arrived around 11 am and rode by bus to the Holy City Hotel. The hotel was in the centre of many attractions so we proceeded to take in a variety of activities. In the evening, we boarded a large row boat to sail on the Ganges to watch various ceremonies which have been performed exactly the same way for thousands of years, and to watch the sunset. Next morning, we again boarded the same row boat to catch the sunrise.
TARA PAPER FACTORY | ORCHHA RESORT | COOKING
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