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Monkeys & Maharajas

We decided to visit Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur on the way to Jodhpur. The scenery during our three local bus journeys was the best I’ve seen yet and I was fascinated by how the traditional dress changed as we moved through Rajasthan. There still remains a caste system in India whereby people are at different levels in society, this is particularly noticable when on public transport. At points there were spare seats but certain people refused to sit next to one another. As we drove through the suburbs, I noticed that most women wore fuchsia pink and many of their faces were covered with Saris, I asked somebody why this was and they explained that these women cover their faces if they are away from their home town. I also heard that traditionally pink symbolised a married women but I’m unsure if that still stands, they might just like the colour! When I did get a glimpse, I saw that many wore elaborate facial jewellery which I’m sure would signify the caste they belong to. As we drove through shanty villages, the women began to look more and more tribal, many had bracelets all the way up their arms. Apparently this can signify a number of things depending on a women’s age and status, sometimes these are worn by women who have just gotten married or by women who have recently become a grandmother.

Many men in this area of Rajasthan wear the most amazing multicoloured turbans which I assumed they tied to their heads but they are often hats, either way they look amazing. Apparently you can tell the area a man is from by the style of his turban and his caste by the colour. I believe that an orange turbans are worn by men from the Kshatriyas – warrior/ rulers caste which is the second highest after Brahmin – priest/ scholar caste.

One of our bus drivers was high on life … and maybe a few other things.

The fort was beautiful and definitely worth going out of our way for. The walls are something like 30km around, which apparently makes them the second longest after the Great Wall of China.

This one’s for the Peacocks girls

The beautiful Jain temple in Ranakpur, not sure about rule Number 11 though ..

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