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Dec 4, 2012 - Legendary Chittor Fort

Chittaurgarh Fort appears invincible with its fortifications and hilltop position, but it wasn't. During its long history it was conquered on three different occasions and ultimately due to its vulnerabilities was abandoned. Bloody battles over Chittaurgarh are legendary, as is the story of Padmini, Chittaurgarh's queen, who was famous far and wide for her beauty. Look up the story if you like, but it ends with Padmini and thirteen thousand other women and children committing johar or suicide by throwing themselves onto a huge funeral pyre....

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Dec 3, 2012 - Island in the Sky

My train to Chittaurgarh, or Chittor as some say, was scheduled to depart Bundi at 9:30am, so I rose early to give myself plenty of time to get to the station and purchase a ticket. The Dehra Dun Express only comes through once a day and I did not want to miss it. When I entered the hotel courtyard to Skype home at 7am, I thought it odd that it was dark and empty. Afterwards, I climbed the steps to the third floor rooftop for breakfast, but all I could see through the darkness was a mounded blanket in the middle of the floor. It's common...

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Mar 14, 2012 - Chittorgarh

One of the bigger decisions we had to make when planning our final two weeks was whether or not to visit the fort in Chittorgarh. It was slightly out of our way for the rest of the itinerary, but our guidebook made it sound so impressive, and a bit off the beaten path for tourists (a plus), so we decided to give it a shot. It was only about 3-4 hours south by train, but we would have to retrace our steps to move on to the Taj Mahal afterward, which was our plan. Most people who visit Chittorgarh due so as a day trip from Udaipur, or on a...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

Nov 24, 2010 - Chittor

On our way from Udaipur to Bundi we stopped at Chittogarh to see the amazing Fort there which dates back to the 8th century! It was misty and pissing rain which just added to the Indiana Jones vibe of the place - was incredible...and we saw the first sight of Rajathan monkeys!

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Mar 15, 2007 - Bundi to Bassi, Bijaipur

Up early to catch the local train to Bassi. This was a local crowded train and made for a very interesting journey. At tfirst the locals seemed a bit bemused by these foreigners with the backpacks but by the end of the trip we were all great friend with plenty of photos being taken and addresses given so we could send them a copy. At Bassi we transferred to jeeps and headed to overnight camp at Bijaipur. We stayed in large tents with a stone floor an dproper beds and even had a toilet, hot shower and wash basin. This was located by a large...

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Apr 7, 2005 - A fabulous fort

Le mot du jour: 'Garh' means fort in Hindi. And today we're off to see Chittorgarh, definitely worth a visit. Unlike Chittor, the town that lays in its shadow, certainly worth a miss. We hopped on an early train from Udaipur and arrived in Chittor around midday. I seized the opportunity to do some physical exercise, and after dumping our gear in the Railway Retiring Rooms, we went in search of bicycles. With an annoyingly overbearing and bellicose auto-rickshaw driver in tow - 'no bicycle, not possible, shop closed' - I strengthened my...

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Mar 28, 2005 - Holi smoke!

Well, after all the talk, planning and hellish train journeys we made it back to Udaipur for Holi. We had been joined in this daunting undertaking by two brave friends Ian and Claire. We arrived in Udaipur a day early to get ourselves organised, settle into a nice hotel, unpack our bags and last but by no means least, buy some cheap crappy clothes. Luckily cheap crappy clothes is something there is no lack of in India and we were spoiled for choice with an unparalleled range of cheesy shiva t-shirts, tie-dye hair bands and flowery loon...

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Nov 6, 2004 - Over the Hills and Far Away

Without even a hint of irony, my body in a uniform protest against too much TV, too much information, too much dejection, began to breakdown. After a night of "extreme eating" at Bombay's Chowpatty Beach--the sandy metropolitin promenade that inspired the single best Indian restaurant in California, L.A.'s Bombay Cafe--my digestive system took a direct blow. I would spend the next seven days with a toilet seat fastened to my ass. Simulanteously, I was being beaten by the Ides of October, which in my youth routinely sent me to the ER in the...

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