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A wild weekend

Last weekend I visited Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and spotted everything but a Tiger.

Was able to capture a stag crossing the path before us..

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Some other beautiful moments captured during the trip.

Perching…IMG_0931

Who is the most beautiful? me me me …IMG_0924 Photo courtesy: Payal, a friend of mine.

For more pictures look at my other blog entry here.

Story of the abandoned villages

Khaba, the abandoned village

This picture was taken at the ruins of Khaba village in Rajasthan, India. It is actually an abandoned village. There are around 84 abandoned villages in Rajasthan state in India. These villages were inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins clan. The story behind this abandoned village is that many years ago there was a shrewd tax collector (also a close associate of the king) who got smitten by a girl from Khaba village. He asked her father for her hand which was obviously refused due to different caste. The revengeful tax collector threatened to destroy the village if the girl was not given to him. It is understood that to save the honor, overnight the villagers abandoned the place.

A more generic version of the story which is applicable to other abandoned villages is that the tax collector and other officials of the king used to harass the villagers by asking them exorbitant taxes and monetary fines in order to fill the king’s coffers. Consequently, to save themselves from the harassment the villagers deserted the villages.

All these ruins now serve as photogenic tourist sites.

Count the windows

Count the windows

This picture was taken at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This monument was built in 18th century. It is a five-storey building with 953 small windows. The purpose to build these windows was to let royal women enjoy the view of the market below the palace without being seen by public as the women used to follow strict ‘purdah’ system (face cover). Men!!