Rural India

We arrived in Shahpura and checked into Shahpura Bagh, an upmarket (to say the least) home stay. It’s owned by members of the local Royal family and they have turned their country house into a small hotel. It’s got a really genteel feel and the owner has recent ancestors that were instrumental in India independence.

After a very interesting night hearing lots of recent Indian history, we got up and set off on a Jeep tour to visit a small remote farming village then back into the small town. It’s off the tourist track thankfully. Everywhere we went we were met my waving, smiling locals shouting “welcome, welcome”. In the town Sara was practically mobbed, in a nice way, and they loved having their photos taken. No-one was asking for money or for anything in return. It was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life!

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