A ‘different’ holiday for four British teens in Jaipur

May 15th, 2008 - 9:06 pm ICT by admin  

By Kavita Bajeli-Datt
Jaipur, May 15 (IANS) They were planning a “different” kind of vacation when they chose India as a destination. And different it truly turned out for four British teenagers who landed in this tourist city a day after the terror bombings. The four boys, who are from Bistol, picked Rajasthan as their choice, while the rest of their friends took off to Kerala or Goa.

But minutes after they arrived at Jaipur railway station Wednesday they realised things were not fine - there had been a string of terror blasts and everything in the city was closed due to the day-long curfew.

However, they are determined not to let it stop them from enjoying themselves.

“As soon we arrived at the station, somebody showed us the newspaper and we read about the blasts in Jaipur,” said David Royce, a student of history.

“Is it big?” his friend James Marshall asked.

“At our place everybody visits Kerala or Goa, but we thought we should do something different,” Justin Johnson, another friend, told IANS.

“They have barricaded the city and are carrying on investigations. We stayed indoors in our hotel and came out only in the evening,” said Royce.

The curfew on Wednesday was till 6 p.m. and Thursday till 4 p.m.

The Jaipur visit had another effect - they were besieged by calls from their families and friends to know whether they were safe.

After curfew lifted at 6 p.m. Wednesday, they rushed to the nearest internet caf

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