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Discoveries India: Rural Treasures
Rajasthan is a land of traditions, history and inheritance. Even with an almost impossible density in the cities, today 70 percent of India’s population live in rural areas, most w/o running water & electricity. In the Aravali mountains near Udaipur, the Ranakpur Valley opens up from steep mountainous terrain to reveal the largest Jain temple in India, a 15th century marble masterpiece with 1400 intricately carved pillars exemplifying a stellar tribute to ancient architecture and artisans. The Udaipur Kumbhalgarh Fort affords outstanding views of the dusty plains of Marwar. Often referred to as the Great Wall Of India, it's the second longest wall in the world after China's Great Wall. On the opposite side of the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh... the village of Ghanerao, a small community which grew up around 15th century Ghanerao Royal Castle which is strategically located at the entrance of one of the few passes in the Aravalis that connects the two major cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur. Here and in the surrounding fields, an intimate look at rural life, tribal nomads, primitive farming & schools. A visit to Rajasthani village of Narlai, bustling with activity, that time has seemed to bypass. A personal tour of Dhamli is off the beaten track in the Marwar region. Thakur Inder Singh, a descendant of the landed aristocracy that owned this and many other villages and land during feudal times, has opened his family’s ancestral fort to guests so that others can appreciate the real lifestyle of villagers around Jodhpur. Ranthambore National Park, famous for viewing Diurnal tigers and is one of the best places in the world to see these majestic predators in the wild. REVIEW: VIDEO LIBRARIAN - ... Also touching on topics such as the stigma of the caste system, and capturing a variety of wildlife on camera (including blue bull antelopes), this colorful addition to the armchair travelogue series is recommended.