The fort looks cool, but it wasn't the most luxurious hotel. There was no hot water, or we weren't able to work it successfully. The toilet flushed out a pipe and right down the side of the hill. Raw sewage is a common occurrence in India. The toilet on the train resembled a normal toilet, but when you looked into the bowl, you could see the train tracks. Everywhere we went, there was a ditch running down the sidewalk with raw sewage. In some places the ditch clogged and overflowed into the street. Many homes didn't have plumbing, and water was accessed by a pump well on every few blocks. It's no wonder the water is non potable. The stink of the sewage is compounded by all the homeless, and non-homeless, who use the bathroom in the street. It appeared normal for men, including our driver, to urinate virtually anywhere.
Madhogarh is a small village situated in the foothills of the Aravali range, renowned for its old havelis and Fort. It is a great place to experience what life is like in a typical Rajasthani village, where we can see the local tradesmen, potters, carpenters and cobblers go about their business using ancient techniques and practices. A very popular attraction at Madhogarh is the breathtaking fort, which has recently been converted into a heritage hotel.Our room:
Watching the sunset: This is an ancient bathing facility and small temple. We had a tour guide, but he only spoke about 10 words of English, so I can't give any other details.
Hand embroidering a sari:
On the way to Agra, we stopped at the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a complex of forts, palaces and mosques built in sandstone. Fatehpur Sikri served as Akbar's capital for only a short period of twelve years before the capital was abandoned, apparently due to a lack of water supply. Today Fatehpur Sikri is a ghost city, its architecture is in a perfect state of preservation, and wandering through the palaces it is easy to imagine that this was once a royal residence and a dynamic cultural centre. The white marble Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, Akbar's spiritual adviser, is now observed as a Muslim pilgrimage spot.
See those big black things hanging from the ceiling? They are huge, active bee hives--super neat.