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Roopangarh Fort

Kishangarh, India

Kishangarh is the closest place on the map - we are actually futher into rural Rajasthan - about 1 hour by jeep.

Roopangarh Fort is the coolest!! It is really old, like stepping back in time, and has been converted into an hotel. We were very impressed with the exterior, but you should have seen our faces when we saw our rooms!! They were amazing. Our room was as big as a tennis court, with really cool old furniture, wall hangings, swords, photo's.....All the rooms were different, and all with their own charm. We spent the early afternoon lunching outside, drinking a few bevvies and playing a game of cricket!! Megan's team won! The staff loved it. PLayed a bit of tennis on the court too. Beautiful hot day, amzing scenery, great company!

We took a walk around the local village, checking out what the locals do and how they live. Each caste and house has it's own industry basically, so we watched four being milled, sewing being done, carpentry, ribbon making, cigarette making!! The people of the village were so happy and friendly - and all the kids chased us around asking for 'one photo'. it was cool.

We were back to the Fort in time for sunset - up on the roof! Perfect.

We spent the rest of the evening outside, eating, drinking, talking shit.. sat around a big fire the waiters built for us. Aussie Ang and Megan did a wonderful bollywood dance up on one of the balconies!

Once it got really late - just after midnight - a few of us headed into the really old part of the Fort (about 400 years old). It was really dark and scary - especially when one of the guys kept hiding and jumping out of strange places!

Once we were up the top of the fort Megan told the tale of the Maharaja, and choosing his 12 virgin brides.....and the others who weren't picked and had to then burn themselves on the pyre (the waiters had turned up half way through to light us another fire!).. It was very funny! Great night had by all! Especially English James, who didn't appear until the trucks were ready to leave the next day and then spent the next two days in bed!!

permalink written by  megankevin on February 13, 2007 from Kishangarh, India
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