Last year I visited Rusirani village for a day and absolutely loved it. Back in India again this year, I decided to stay in the village for a few days. This time I travelled there directly from Agra, rather than via the Pink City as I had seen enough forts etc. on my previous trip and was anxious to get back to village life.I
Bhagirath picked me up in the jeep and it was great to see him again. He is an excellent guide and goes out of his way to build a communication and rapport between the guests and the villagers. We had lunch with a family whilst Bhagirath explained various options and experiences open to me during my stay. I decided to make myself useful by painting a classroom in the only primary school in the village (great fun) and to spend time making door to door visits interacting with the villagers. I also learned to make and cook rotis over an open fire. The village is self governing and I found it a really wonderful and educational experience to be able to converse (through Bhagirath) with such friendly and welcoming people whose lives are so different to mine.
I highly recommend Rusirani to anyone who wants to see and be in the middle of real Indian village life, which I feel must be pretty much the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. I loved the food and whilst the facilities are basic, I found them to be totally adequate.
If you haven't guessed by now, I absolutely had the best time and highly recommend a visit!!
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