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... us everywhere hopping around while we dodged about
with the guide and of course the ubiquitous Treepie. They followed us through
every nook and crannie chirruping away and keeping our spirits high.
Star of the place were certainly the kingfishers. We have
only seen one or two anywhere between us before this visit, but there were
dozens of them posing cutely on posts and tree stumps, seemingly quite at home
with lunatic ...
... we visited the step well which looks more like a upside down temple with steps leading down to the well. Apparently the recent Batman film with Christian Bail was filmed in one of these step wells. It was very fascinating and odd structure and i would probably fail to describe it any better than this - so hope pictures would help visualise this :-) We visited the village near the step well - just walked around small houses glimpsing ...
... like Fatepur the fort was built by Akbar. His grandson Shah Jehan pulled down many of the red sandstone buildings and replaced them with marble. Ricky explained that it was one of the first places where the Muslim tradition of not portraying any living forms in art was breached with introduction of floral embellishments in the permitted calligraphy and geometric shapes. He also made a big thing about the different forms of Persian, Hindu and gothic arches but we ...
I have never seen anything like it. The first stepwell I had ever seen was the one we dined by at Narlai - which is a modest size in comparison but impressive nonetheless. Why they are designed this way is a curious thing and something to research. Fetching water must have been quite a hazardous undertaking if you had that many steps to descend and then walk up again with buckets of water! Architecturally however, ...
... along with a cocktail in a coconut shell on a tropical beach by wildly attractive, topless Venezuelan beauty queens as opposed to grumpy street vendors in grubby shirts and bare feet, Diwali would contain all of my favourite things.
On a side note, with regards to Indian rudeness from people in non-tourist service roles, it's not to be taken personally. ...