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.
That’s how we approached Bundi. We could marvel at one of its most famous attraction long before we pulled into Bundi station late at night. During another bumpy ride in a TukTuk, Bundi’s other treasure was revealed – a palace shining like gold in the darkness. It all seemed so unreal.
Next morning, those treasures looked quite different. Daylight had robbed them of their magic. The wall of the fort high up now looked like a wall and the palace had dark smutches running all over its outer walls, which were crumbling. So we did not allow our hopes to get up too high, when we started our ascent…
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