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10 Lesser Known Highlights In Rajasthan

Kumbhalgarh Fort and the "Indian Great Wall", Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India

Kumbhalgarh Fort and the “Indian Great Wall”, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan abounds with stunning but extremely popular highlights, so it is extremely tempting to stay “On The Beaten Track” and focus on a very classic route, rushing from one monument to the other, especially if you have a limited amount of time at hand. This is all the more true as regular trains connect those major points of interest very efficiently and very cheaply, keeping you focused on few places. Continue Reading →

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Prehistoric Rock Art By Kukki

Prehistoric Rock Paintings, discovered by OP "Kukki" Sharma near Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Prehistoric Rock Paintings, discovered by OP “Kukki” Sharma near Bundi, Rajasthan, India

A small mountain range was where we stopped after an hour drive. Marching for another hour on parched lifeless grounds took us to a beautiful gorge with lots of green trees at the bottom, once the hunting ground of the Maharana. Continue Reading →

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Trekking To Bundi ‘s Stepping Wells

Dhabhai-ka-Kund, one of the 60 Baoris or step-wells of Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Dhabhai-ka-Kund, one of the 60 Baoris or step-wells of Bundi, Rajasthan, India

We did not really know what to expect when we set out to find Bundi ’s famous stepping wells. Considering we had only a vague idea of where to look, we did pretty well. Our little expedition took us through the bazaar and some busy market area. It was a constant struggle – taking in the chaos that surrounded us or to move forward. Continue Reading →

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Fading Charm Of Bundi ’s Ancient Sights

Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Fort

Given the temperatures, we headed for the fort first. So high up, we could only see its walls from the distance. Before that, we had to fend off a young man who offered to show us around the fort and keep the monkeys at bay. Not that we didn’t want a guide, but he was a real turn off. The mumbled, incomprehensible words kept pouring from his mouth like an avalanche and demanding 400 rupees for his services made it easy to put our foot down and say no. To put things in perspective, we paid 350 for an excellent three-hour tour of the Taj Mahal the year before. Continue Reading →

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Approaching Bundi Late At Night

Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Taragarh Fort, Bundi, Rajasthan, India

Being on a rumbling rain riding through the pitch-dark countryside of southern Rajasthan can be a soothing experience. When we saw bright golden lights on the top of a hill, we race to the open door of our train. These are always open in India – even in air conditioned cars. It is the Indian way of getting rid of the trash and enjoying a better view of the countryside, since the windows are often too dirty to really see what’s outside. Continue Reading →

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