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45 ~ Deogarh Mahal hotel

Labyrinth of passageways - so easy to get lost or certainly mis-orientated here

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The heritage Deogarh Mahal hotel was built in 1670 A.D. The Mahal stands at a height of 2,100 ft / 650 metres above sea level with its bold battlements, domed turrets and balconies offering a commanding view of the surrounding Aravali Mountains and its rugged rock-strewn countryside dotted by a number of lakes.


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My room was near the top. The hotel had a labyrinth of passageways. It is so easy to get lost or certainly mis-orientated here.



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Spent some time wandering the roof terraces with its many different levels looking down at Deogarh below. One could so far into the distance plus no pollution or haze at all.

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Told where on the hotel roof it was best to capture the sunset. By now the shadows over the buildings below were lengthening.

Sun finally dropped at 5.45pm / 17:45 below the hills in the horizon. I stayed there for another 30 minutes watching the colours change.

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Go pro time lapse video of the sun setting in just 14 secs.

Hardly anybody were in this hotel tonight. Some attended the complementary 6.30pm / 18:30 dance performance before the hotel dinner service started at 7.30pm / 19:30.

This is a Rajasthani folk dance only performed by professionals called Bhawai.

Bhawai is a folk dance with swaying and twirling movements that is performed by women from certain tribes from the state of Rajasthan. This folk dance is one of the state’s most exciting dance performances as it involves tricky balancing acts, right from balancing seven to nine brass pots on the head to balancing oneself (along with the pots) on narrow and unstable objects like a glass bottle, brass plate or the edge of a sword. The brass pots can and are often substituted by an even greater number of earthen pots.

Bhawai is also one of the most colorful performances of the state as the women wear bright colored ghaghra cholis and dupattas. The men from these communities offer the music to this dance, using string and percussion instruments. Bhavai dance is often misinterpreted from ‘Bhavai’ which is a folk theatre form of Gujarat.

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Dinner = Lal Maas - smoked boneless lamb preparation simmered in rich tomato gravy 550 rupees / NZ$11.10 / US$7.70.
Jeera rice 220 rupees / NZ$4.60 / US$3.10.
Garlic naan 110 rupees / NZ$2.30 / US$1.60.
Kingfisher lager 230 rupees / NZ$4.80 / US$3.20.
Plus GST and a tip came to 1,400 rupees / NZ$28.30 / US$19.50.

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Posted by bruceontour 03:52 Archived in India Tagged deogarh

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