Bhainsrorgarh Fort

Bhainsrorgarh Fort is perched on a hill overlooking the Chambal river and is owned by two brothers who run it as a hotel. The fort was originally gave to their ancestor, Rao Chunda when he renounced the Mewar throne in favour of his younger brother : it’s a long story with echoes of the Bishma section of the Mahabharata At that time the Royal Family was based in Chittorgarh.

 

 

 

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Bhainsrorgarh Fort
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Bhainsrorgarh Fort
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Bhainsrorgarh Fort - Courtyard

These beautiful designs can be found in many places in the countryside, in courtyards, around trees and on walls. They are made by country women and based on traditional tribal abstract patterns. They are renewed frequently.

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Bhainsrorgargh Fort
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Bhainsrorgarh - River Chambal

A sunrise boat ride on the Chambal river is an ideal way to get close to the local wildlife. This includes many beautiful varieties of Kingfishers as well as some very large bats. Crocodiles also lurk in the waters so swimming is not recommended. Another species worth avoiding are the snakes which appear in the evening as the sun goes down.

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Bhainsrogarh - River Chambal

What was a warm morning for us, promising another scorching day, proved to be a cool start for the local oarsman dressed in his blanket.

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Bhainsrorgargh - Village

Next to the Fort lies a small but colourful village. The gentleman in this photograph has dyed his white hair with henna, a common style for the middle aged man in this area.

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Bhainsrorgargh - Village
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Bhainsrorgargh - Village
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Bhainsrorgargh - Village
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Bhainsrorgargh - Village Hairdresser

This young man sports a magnificent Rajasthani moustache, which are as typical of the region as are the turbans of the older men.

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Bhainsrorgargh - Village Girl
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Bhainsrorgarh - Village
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Bhainsrorgarh - Village Women

The village women dress in stunning colours that compliment the walls of the houses.

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Bhainsrorgargh - Village Pigs

Pigs wander through the village eating and recycling some of the garbage that is  left on the streets and in the gutters. Unfortunately, where there are pigs it often indicates that the sanitary conditions are very poor with open drains and raw sewage.

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Bhainsrorgargh - Countryside

One of the princely brothers who runs the fort, took us on a high speed jeep ride from the fort through the villages once owned by his family. This old man told the prince that things were better for his family and the other villagers before the abolition of the Zamindari System. In other words he preferred it when there was a feudal landlord (the princes’ ancestors), and when the women folk could afford to wear real jewellery. He claimed that they are worse off  now paying tax to the local government. Now they can only afford plastic and glass jewellery.

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