The Jharokha’s in almost all Rajputana forts and palaces are quite intricately done and they never fail to intrigue me, here is a photo of one such Jharokha in the Salam Singh ki Haveli with the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer in the back drop.
Apparently almost all books and internet sites I read say it was Salim Singh Ki Haveli where as the guide who showed us and manages the places claims they are from the same family and that it is Salam Singh Ki Haveli. He also very strongly disputed the whole history that was largely written by James Tod a fellow he claimed never traveled to Jaisalmer!
There are quite a few interesting stories about Salam Singh Ki Haveli and about that man himself! I will let you onto those in my next few posts! 😀
This baba was sitting at the entrance of the main gate of the Jaisalmer Fort and was quite happy to pose and even asked me to pay him something since he had posed for me. Whilst the baniya in me just gave a ten’er away, our guide Mr Lalit Vaishnav had a mischevous smile on his face and whilst he was smirking and I asked him he told me to finish my business with the baba and that he would tell me about him later.
As soon as we left the baba behind and walked ahead our guide told us that this Baba has some 6-7 trucks, woh bhi those trucks which have 16-20 tyres that run between Delhi to Jaipur and that he is the owner of a big business!!!
I am not sure if my guide was bluffing, throughout our 3 hours with the guide I kept asking and looking for hints to see if he was just making up the story. If indeed that story is true I must say I am flabbergasted!
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So this gentleman and his family sat outside the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur singing and inviting tourists and travellers alike. Rajasthan has its own typical way of welcoming tourists into resorts or palaces. For a state that receives a large share of foreign tourists I guess the welcoming way is a unique way of intriguing the guests and also making them feel special. Probably one of best managed forts I have visited till date, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is amazingly clean and no matter how much the crowd, the management is so good that it still allows you to be able to experience enough peace to soak in the the whole royal grandeur of the bygone age.
Be it the elevator to get to the top for the older people or the audio guides or the dustbins or the cafe’s inside the fort everything I found to be kept quite in order and actually is a shining example of how a lot of other places in the country should be managed and maintained.
Apparently we also managed to sneak upon the Maharaja of Jodhpur who happened to be visiting the fort to go to the ancient Chamunda Mata Temple inside for the traditional pooja of his weapons which is done by Rajputs on the auspicious day of Dusshera!
We also learnt later that this fort has also won several awards on prestigious international forums which recognize how well the place is maintained and managed. Not for nothing I guess.
Yea, I guess when we humans romance it is sweet nothings, never quite been able to understand how this idiom did come about but anyways that is for another day. Here the wonderfully gifted would probably have written a poem on what sweet murmurs the treepie was doing in the Sambhar’s ears! How peacefully the two have accepted each other without a trace of discomfort for each other, wonder if we even let our mom’s pick our ears this peacefully! So much of peaceful co-existence can be learnt from the wild eh!? 😀