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Chittorgarh – immolation central

The fort of Chittorgarh is of gargantuan proportions, matched only by the scale of the misery that it has been witness to. In the 13th and 16th centuries, tens of thousands of women and children threw themselves onto burning pyres to avoid being taken hostage by invading forces, whilst the men rode out to be slaughtered in battle.

 

 

 

 

Chittorgarh is historically one of the most important forts in Rajastan, but given the sheer scale of it, the flat plateau nature, and lack of that many buildings, it feels more like a barren park – imagine the top of the Peak District with long dry grass and add some sandstone temples, then make it nearly 40 degrees and you come close. To be fair, what bits of historical architecture do remain are pretty impressive, and generally clustered near to the rear gate – it is just that they are hard to appreciate.

 

the route up gave us a warning of what to expect

typical view across the fort

We arrived on a festival day, not always a good idea, aside from the thousands of crowds thronging up the hill to the temple, we were also held back in the fort by some very eager batten wielding police whilst a VIP had a tour. VIP’s here are given pretty ridiculous treatment, but given the number of attempted assassinations, one can hardly blame the scale of the police and military protection. It did seem a bit far fetched but no harm done.

Chittorgarh is certainly strategic, but for us, not that engaging – we are getting spoilt!

the roads are entertainment in themselves - how much can you get on a lorry?

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  1. Zuzana Vilímová
    March 27, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Úžasné!! nesmírně Vás obdivuji, hlavně tvou ženu. Moc Vás zdravím z Prahy. Snad se někdy uvidíme.
    Alane, ty teď budeš slavit narozky, že !! Nevím přesně datum, ale dovol, abych za všechny naše ti popřála hlavně zdraví, další úspěšné cesty a hlavně šťastný návrat.
    Ahoj Zuzana

    • March 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Diki. Zena to miluje!!!! Narozenini jsou dnes – 40!!!! Rano jsme vstali v 5 hodin and pluli po Ganges ve Varanasi a koukali jsme na vychod slunce – uzasne.
      Moc krat dekuji,
      zdravi,

      Alanek

  2. fatclive
    March 27, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I hope this years Sandbach Transport Festival isn’t going to be a cultural disappointment for you. You could always go around it on elephant back whilst I beat a path with a baton to make it more like you’re used to, if you like?

    • March 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Either the elephant idea, or maybe a camel train! Brain definitely split between Sandbach and India, mainly looking forward to seeing you all again, a year is a long time.

      Love to Sarah and the kids,

      Alan.

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