If you’re curious why I came all the way to India for a 3 day trip during monsoon season, and why my tour guide was a royal, make sure you read my post explaining what prompted this adventure and my post on the 24 hours I spent in Dubai the day before arriving to India…
We took a late flight from Dubai which arrived in Ahemedabad at 4:00 a.m. We slept for a few hours before meeting up with the aforementioned Indian Prince and driving the two hours to Balasinor, India. If you’re not familiar with Balasinor, neither was I before my girlfriend got casted in the reality TV show. The Prince courting her was from Balasinor, a fairly rural town in Gujarat, and we were traveling there so that the show could film my friend meeting the royal family.
Upon our arrival to the Prince’s home, Balasinor’s Garden Palace, we experienced a fanfare fit for… a princess!
Our traditional Indian welcome was complete with singing, music and dancing horses.
Interestingly, if you fancy a visit to Balasinor you can rent a room in the Prince’s home, The Garden Palace, since a portion of it has been converted to a hotel and dinosaur camp. Yes, that’s right… a dinosaur camp.
The main draw to rural Balasinor is “Dinosaur Tourism” because the area is littered with dinosaur fossils. Apparently, many scientists believe that Balasinor is home to best preserved dinosaur eggs in the world after the ones found in Aux-en-Provence in France.
The Prince and his family (including his sister, the Princess) were more than hospitable to us. After an amazing traditional Indian dinner, the royal family threw a celebration in honor of their American visitors. Prior to my arrival, the Prince inquired if we had any “special requests”. Of course, I had to ask if we could see a snake charmer! What I didn’t know at the time was that snake charming is now illegal in India. (However, apparently, you can still drum up a snake charmer if you’re Indian royalty). It was evident that the Balisinor locals hadn’t seen a snake charmer in quite a while because a crowd formed fairly quickly!
Aside from the snake charmer, there was also an “Indian Holy Man” that showed off his powers of prediction to the growing crowd.
After an evening of laughing, dancing and singing, we retired to get some sleep before we began the journey to Udaipur in the morning.