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I was recently on a short trip to Rajasthan, exploring some of the largely unchartered territories of Kishangarh, Roopangarh and Kuchaman - all erstwhile independent royal kingdoms. Rajasthan is one of the most colourful places in the country and the people here are no exception. Infact, I found out that the older person always chose more colourful attire. This old man, with his colourful turban really stood out from the crowd. This picture was taken in the bazaar (market) area of Roopangarh. Like most small towns in Rajasthan, life moves at a snails pace, people (I mean men, beacuse women are mostly restricted to indoors) of all ages gather around tea shops, have a smoke and discuss anything from the weather, to politics, to cricket.
Built in AD 1648 and called after himself, the town and Fort of Roopangarh was constructed by Maharaja Roop Singh of Kishangarh. Originally a nine turreted Fort, it has been built over and added on by several generations and the different styles can still be seen in the structure. Now beautifully restored and renovated into a very affordable hotel, it is the first 'War-Fort' to have been done so. Only 2 hours drive from Jaipur, I would strongly recommend this place to anyone planning to visit Rajasthan for a taste of its true ethnic culture.

This is my first post in more than a year. During my self-imposed exile, I have received numerous mails from my friends here on TE - standing by me when I lost my father, enquiring about my well being, asking when I would be back. I have not been able to thank you all, so I dedicate this photo to all my friends here on TE.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3144 W: 281 N: 5208] (19771)
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