Bundi: Brahmin blue and family cooking

In Bundi we found the contrastwe were looking for after a week of being in big cities. The old part of Bundi still clings to its roots. It is primarily a Brahmin city although Muslims and Jains also form viable minorities. Havelis, a cellular courtyarded house with up to four floors is still the preferred model. We stayed in a haveli with a generous garden facing the lake. A large 16th century fort looms ponderously over the town. Above the fort is Monkey City, a domain only traversed with caution and a big stick. We met a lovely family that run another guest house and ended up having almost all of our meals with them. Pinky and her mother treated us to Rajasthani home cooking, introducing us to sweet pakoras, and kindly told us about the ins and outs of Bundi society. As I mentioned in our last post (Jaipur) Vivi and I rented bikes and explored the countryside, spotted kingfishers, kites, and cranes, and met a family of potters living in an arid patch of roadside. Currently in Pushkar. The town just emptied out as the waves of tourists and career hippies make their way to Goa.

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in Bundi temples abound

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dog jambs

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view of the lake from our haveli garden

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pinky’s mom cooking veg pakora

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the Uma Megh, our haveli

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Vivi, Rona, and Ilya off to catch the sunset

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from the fort

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the fort over Bundi

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indside the Bundi fort

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ten second friendships up to the Shiva temple

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bridwatching north of Bundi

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happy after spotting a kingfisher

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playing elegant

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roadside potters

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