A Trip to a Village and a Walk through the Narrow Lanes of Raipur

by Mridula on November 27, 2012

in Canon D550,India,Photography,Rajasthan

After spending a peaceful night at Lakshman Sagar I was ready for sight seeing. The agenda for the day was to visit the nearby village and in the evening the Raipur town. This was half of my room at Lakshman Sagar.

Rooms at Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

Rooms at Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

And as I was the only women around at that time they used to tell me I was the princess of the place! Here is the other half of my room.

The Sitting Area of my Room, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

The Sitting Area of my Room, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

And this was not all. Each hut (actually a villa) had a splash pool to itself apart from the main swimming pool.

The Splash Pool, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

The Splash Pool, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

With so much peace and luxury around I hardly needed to go anywhere else but I was willing to get out after the good night’s rest. I have been to villages before but when you go there after a while you realize how different it is from my city life. Now that my daughter is growing up I am reminded that how much ‘stuff’ we in the city tend to accumulate. In the villages people do things! I told Gajendra ji that I should probably send my daughter for a month to a village!

Kids at the Village near Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

Kids at the Village near Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

The kids at the village enjoyed getting clicked and would mob me to see the pictures on the LCD screen. One of them asked me, “What is your name?” I was quite pleasantly surprised. So I asked him where did he learn English from and he said from his school. In another house I was told that a 5th daughter was born and they were not happy at all.

The Local Temple, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

The Local Temple, Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

I visited the local temple too. There was a child standing on top of it! Apart from a few people who I think lived nearby it was empty. I came back to a good lunch and a few hours to myself. In the evening we were heading to the Raipur town.

Chili Market, Raipur, Rajasthan

Chili Market, Raipur, Rajasthan

Our first stop was the chili market at Raipur. It was just the beginning but I was told that the entire market becomes red in season. How I would like to photograph that! I was so excited about this small patch itself!

The Haveli at Raipur, Rajasthan

The Haveli at Raipur, Rajasthan

Raipur is a small but bustling town and we walked through the narrow lanes up to the local Haveli. It has an impressive facade but as of now it is closed and locked. Gajendra ji told that the owner plans to convert it into a hotel. I bought some bangles for my daughter from a lady selling it on the pavement.

Sunset at Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

Sunset at Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Rajasthan

When I came back it was time to watch the sunset while having tea. I had an early dinner and then I had the leisure to read a book in my room. While going back the young lad who dropped me to my room with a torch asked me in Hindi, “Madam are you not afraid?” To be honest the previous night I was not at all but once he asked me I did started to think that I was alone (on my side of the open space) and there was  no one around for miles! That night I kept a few lights on when  went to sleep!

Read Day 1 account of my visit to Lakshman Sagar here.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sahil & Sarthak December 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

Dear Mridula

Thanks a lot of the wonderful blog, and great shots of the place.
We (Sahil & Sarthalk) have finished designing this property in Dec 2010, and It was one of best projects we have worked on.
Came across your blog, following a picture taken by you.
We love the take on the property, and we hope to follow your blog to see what else you explore in future.

Sahil & Sarthak

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Mridula August 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

And guess what I revisited Lakshman Sagar in 2013 and it remains as beautiful as ever.

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Mridula November 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Nilesh there indeed is a small town called Raipur in Rajasthan. :D Have not been to Chhattisgarh yet.

Akhila :D I hope my sponsors keep that in mind.

Meena I was invited and I didn’t wish to burden my hosts. :D

Thanks Niranjan.

Thank you Manish :D

Qaminante the bathroom was upstairs.

Raghav :D

Umashankar no sir. :D

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umashankar November 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hope I am not dreaming!

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Raghav November 28, 2012 at 4:19 am

So jealous of the room ;-) Enjoy!!

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Qaminante November 28, 2012 at 4:19 am

Lovely sunset, and that looks like a great place to stay. But was the bathroom in the upstairs or downstairs part of your room? I think I might have tumbled down the stairs in the dark!

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Manish Kumar November 27, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Room decor is excellent and so is the laal mirch !

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Niranjan November 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Wonderful resort! It is always memorable to spend a few days every year in a village. A blissful experience. Loved the post.

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Meena Menon November 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

so why dint u take the litt one along??

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Akhila S November 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Mridula, wow! that room is soooo very beautiful. I am so ‘j’ reading this post :P And talking of you being afraid, next time let me know…. I can accompany you ;)

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Nilesh November 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

nice post. did not know that there is town by name Raipur in Rajasthan . looking at subject i thought you would be talking about capital of chhattisgarh.

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