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INDIA NORTH TO SOUTH – KARAULI, RAJASTHAN (PHOTOS, VIDEOS AND A POEM)

August 10, 2012

INDIA NORTH TO SOUTH – KARAULI   (POEMS, PHOTOS AND VIDEOS)

On the way from Agra to Jaipur we stopped off at Karauli.

Karauli is a district and town in the state of  Rajasthan. An old princely-state, it has an old fort and several palaces with some very attractive frescoes and jaalis. Although off the beaten track, it is well worth a visit.

Karauli was officially founded in 1348 AD by the Yaduvanshi Rajput, Raja Arjun Pal. This holy city was originally known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji. Legend has it that the princely state of karauli (17 Gun salutes) was established by Raja Bijal pal Jadon, The 88th descendent of lord Krishna, as far back as 995 AD.

The 600 year Karauli old city palace was built probably in the 14th century by the royal family and a magnificent city palace in 1635 AD. The fort and the city palace remains the official residence of the royal family of karauli till 1938 AD. At that time a much more modern Bhanwar Vilas palace was built by Maharaja Ganesh pal Deo Bhadur.

Red stone ramparts surrounded the walled city with bastions for security. Till date the city wall boasts of six gates and twelve posterns. The present city palace is the 17th century building with elaborated ornamented stucco work and frescoes.

The ruling family of karauli are considered the descendents of Lord Krishna, and are Yadav Rajputs, The city is home of Shri Madan Mohanji, the deity of lord Krishna, worshiped by millions of followers from Rajasthan & rest of India. The Temple of Kaila Devi holds an important place among the religious places of Rajasthan. There are 3 fairs, the biggest one is held in the month of Chaitra (March-April).

While in Karauli we stayed at the Bhanwar Vilas Palace which was built as a royal residence in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bhadur, when he was the ruler of Karauli. The palace is designed in a colonial style, and the interiors are furnished in art-de-decor period furniture. Our grounds provide a home to a variety of plants and animals. If you are looking to experience the history of India while still maintaining the luxuries of our modern times.

Here are some pictures taken from our+car from Agra to Jaipur:

A MARKET NEAR THE TOWN OF KARAULI

DAILY MARKET ACTIVITY IN A TOWN NEAR KARAULI

IT IS MID DAY AT THE MARKET PLACE

STUDENTS ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL

EVERY THING IS AVAILABLE AT THE MARKET INCLUDING CHILDREN’S CLOTHES

STREET SCENE IN A VILLAGE NEAR KARAULI

A TEA HOUSE IN THE VILLAGE

BICYCLE REPAIR SHOP IN THE VILLAGE

A BARBER, AND A FEW OTHER SHOPS

MANY PEOPLE GET AROUND BY USING MOTOR CYCLES

VILLAGE LIFE

BRIGHTLY PAINTED TRUCKS ARE EVERY WHERE IN RAJASTHAN WITH INTERESTING DESIGNS

RAJASTHAN IS MOSTLY DESERT, SO CAMELS ARE USED TO PULL CARTS FROM THE MARBLE QUARRIES

A RAJASTHAN WORKING CAMEL

BHANWAR VILAS PALACE

Bhanwar Vilas Palace was built as a royal residence in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bhadur, when he was the ruler of Karauli. The palace is designed in a colonial style, and the interiors are furnished in art-de-decor period furniture. The  grounds provide a home to a variety of plants and animals.

The Bharwar Vilas Palace entrance

Main dining room in the place

The reception area of the palace now a hotel

A sitting room in the palace

The beautiful courtyard of the palace

Old sedan chair used by the oldMaharaja

An old sled used by the old Maharaja

An old child’s sedan chair

An old sedan chair used by previous Maharajas

Vintage Bedford

Vintage DeSoto

Vintage Buick

HORSE BREEDING AT BHANWAR VILAS

HORSE BREEDING AT BHANWAR VILAS

HORSES ARE BRED FOR RACING AT BHANWAR VILAS

HORSES ARE BRED FOR RACING AT BHANWAR VIL

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