Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chittorgarh - flashback into history

Standing on top of a hill in the beautiful Aravali hills in Rajasthan is the historic fortress city of Chittorgarh, a world heritage site and the largest fort in India. There are many forts in India but none that conjure a saga as poignant as this Rajput citadel. Any tale involving the Rajput kings is replete with accounts of chivalry, valour and tragedy and the story of Chittorgarh is grandiosely epitomical. 

As a fortress Chittorgarh was almost impregnable and withstood numerous attacks between the 7th and 16th centuries. The fort was captured three times by Allauddin Khilji, Bahadur Shah and finally by Emperor Akbar in 1567 after which it was abandoned. Every time the brave Rajput warriors rode out to face the superior enemy and were slaughtered to the last man, thousands of Rajput women committed jauhar by burning themselves to save their honour. What followed was plunder and devastation and the ruins that remain today still speak about the way of life that prevailed in the medieval kingdom. 

Chittorgarh is like a time capsule that opens a window into India's glorious past. It is a comfortable day trip from Udaipur and highly recommended for those interested in history, archaeology and culture.

#chittorgarh #history #archaeology #medievalindia

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Goa - beach heaven

Goa is one of India's top sea-side destinations and is situated on the western coast overlooking the Arabian sea. For a country with a coastline of more than 7500 kilometers, Goa alone receives more than 2 million tourists every year.

The local people have a very warm and friendly nature and a laid back attitude to life that can be quite infectious. For me a trip to Goa typically means laying on the beach, savouring freshly caught fish in one of the beach side shacks and watching the sun go down.

Make sure you make a trip to Goa's magical beaches at least once in your lifetime.

#goa #beach #sunset #seafood

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