She'd trade Colorado if he'd take her with him...
Trip Start May 17, 2012
14Trip End Jun 03, 2012
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Our day today is ambitious, but not overwhelming. We learn from the owner that yesterday was a mind-bending 47 degrees in Bundi
So, today is not AS ambitious as yesterday – mostly because we are not climbing up a rocky mountain with no shade at noontime in 47 degree heat! Today, we will take a rickshaw to see five different Bundi highlights and we will not climb any mountains. The first stop is the Shikar Burg, which means Shikar Town in German. I don’t know what it means in Hindi (Shikar Tower?). It was the hunting lodge for one of Bundi’s rajas, although there are no signs at the place explaining any of it. And we’re not sure what they were hunting, but we guess it was wild boar given the number of them still wandering the lanes and sewers of Bundi. We had read we needed to bring sticks to beat off aggressive monkeys, but we didn’t see any of them – which is actually disappointing – even though monkey attacks are probably pretty awful and presumably the bites can fester
Not far down the road from Shikar is the Kshar Bagh. This is a beautiful garden – and also a cemetery - and probably my #2 favorite in Bundi after the palace. It’s very peaceful and with the shade of mango trees and breezes from the lake that make even a hot day in Bundi feel like it’s only 105. We had some language barriers with the "caretaker?" and thankfully our rickshaw driver came to the rescue, who also doesn’t speak any english, but explained what we were doing and showed us the camera tickets we needed to buy. When we paid, it caused some kind of confusion and they had to sit down immediately on the sidewalk and talk about it. Sara and I left to continue exploring through the monuments.
The next stop today, the Sukh Mahal or Lake Palace, was kind of disappointing. It was built on a dam at the end of the Jait Sagar Lake and from a distance looks like an Indian version of the French chateau Chenonceau, with its towers and arches over the water
The last two stops in the city are less impressive, though interesting. We spent a few minutes at the “84-pillar cenotaph” also known as Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chatri. It is most notable for its age. It was built in 1683 to commemorate one of the Raja’s foster brothers. Today it sits in an open dirt field all by itself, with some rubble at the base for a courtyard. But it does have a nice view of the city and is probably more impressive in December – when the sun isn’t baking your face off.
Our last stop is the much vaunted and highly acclaimed Queen’s Stepwell, or Rani Ji Ki Bawari (Baori). I was really hoping this would be one of the square stepwells with all the zigzagging steps going down. But it isn’t. It’s a VERY deep, very long staircase into a bat cave. The carvings are cool – especially the elephants in the archways – and the steps are hypnotically repetitive which makes for some interesting photos – but the place is kind of dank, and again there’s the bats. Sara was concerned we might fall in the well and we were both ready to exit. At the gate, we were tempted by the fried anaheim peppers. YUM! But we decided against such foolhardiness and came back to the Haveli instead, had some Masala Munch and took a nap.