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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Khandela February 1st 2018

Now here's somewhere for those who want to see the real Rajasthan, where time seems to have almost stood still since tourism gentrified most of this regal state's cities, forts and palaces. It was a breath of fresh air to enter an ancient town that was noticeably quieter and cleaner than most other small towns we'd visited, one that wasn't overflowing with shops devoted to tourist tat or fancy restaurants with international menus. Here we found people who were a little shy in the presence of camera-wielding visitors, who spoke only a few words of a language other than their own, who welcomed everyone with genuine curiosity, courtesy and smiles. So why had we come to this seemingly idyllic outpost 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Jaipur? Well, we'd come to visit the father of our ... read more
Castle Khandela
Khandela's main street
The greengrocer and his hash pipe

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Khandela February 1st 2018

Return to India 8 (click on 'previous' below the panoramas for earlier blogs) 1st February 2018 The Ancient Castle at Khandela, and Blackbuck Continuing the travels of two somewhat elderly brothers, David (of ‘the grey haired nomads’) and the younger, Mike, (aka, ‘keep smiling’). Today we're travelling by car from the Pink City of Jaipur to the town of Khandela, in the Sikar District of Rajasthan, about 100 miles to the north. It's a little off the tourist trail and we're rather looking forward to meeting our host, Dr Raisal Singh Khandela, at his hotel, a Heritage Hotel of considerable charm, fashioned from a minor part of his ancient castle complex. Our arrival beyond the huge gates of this grand Mogul palace is greeted in traditional fashion with garlands of marigolds, our foreheads daubed with orange ... read more
Khandela Castle
Haveli in Khandela
Teenage school kids




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