Date: I forget
Location: Bundi and surrounds
A reminder that this is written a few days in the future of when it is dated, unless of course I have completely lost track of time. And had a couple of Hayward 5000 beers – why do they even serve this Kingfisher shit?
Bundi, a couple of hours from Jaipur, may be my new favourite place in India. The old town, with its beautiful fort perched above, is the quintessential “photo opportunity around every corner” place.
We started with chai (this is compulsory) and the best samosa I have ever eaten. I can’t tell you what was so good about it and the seller likely won’t either.
The photo is a pretty typical street food setup, whether selling samosa or chai or whatever. If you are freaked out by the thought of eating street food, I suggest you holiday at home, as sampling this stuff is one of the delights of travel.
It is coming up to wedding season in India, apparently it all starts on October 31st. Weddings include a procession to the bride’s house with the groom sitting on a horse dressed like a Maharaja but looking like a terrified little boy.
When my posts eventually catch up to Udaipur and the cooking class, remind me to point out gorgeous daughter in law who met her husband only 30 minutes before they were married. This is the norm with arranged marriages.
The good news is we have met a number of smart, powerful women who have rejected this and other traditional cultural “rules” e.g. that women shouldn’t run a business. They all have a hard time with family and are working hard to succeed despite the disapproval. But the traditional wedding still rules.
You need a band to celebrate a wedding and in every city there are many to choose from. They have little shops that I guess demonstrate whatever they are capable of. From memory, this was the Azam band’s instrument selection.
Notice the hats in the cabinet on the back wall. These bands are competitive and serious. They aren’t that good though 😟
As we walked the back lanes people were friendly and invited us into their homes and businesses. Bundi still has a lovely innocence about it, the shopkeepers don’t hassle you, it is very untouristy, hopefully it can stay that way. Jasmine and Cam, you should visit Bundi. You too Jodie.
Come walk with me…
There were bangle makers, people who hired BIG cooking utensils for parties, beautiful old houses, a hotel that had an old tunnel that connected from the fort and people who loved to meet us.
There was also a bit of effort put into having a more presentable tour group.
On to Bhimlat Mahadev Falls. But not straight away.
We stopped in a couple of villages along the way, including one with the bhang shop. Should I be a little embarrassed that bhang guy remembered me from last year?
Last year the falls were peaceful and beautiful and calm and swimmable. This year it was huge and raging and anything but inviting. And still beautiful.
Even getting there was tricky.
These guys really wanted a photo with me, they took heaps of selfies.
The rest of the afternoon can best be summed up by What happens on tour stays on tour. I am more than happy to tell the story privately, but in fairness to a friend I won’t publish it.
Now that’s got you wondering, hasn’t it 😎
It was a slow drive back to Bundi and we made it safely. Tomorrow, onward to Udaipur.