January 22, 2017

India Day 17 – Tordi Gah

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Up early and caught a public bus to a mid way point along the side of the road, where we swapped to a private bus to take us to Tordi Gah.
As we were leaving Agra, we drove past a few areas on the city which looked like rubbish tips, but had people living under tarps and tents. It was just a reminder that some don’t have (or choose not to have) the comforts we take for granted. The drive from Agra to Jaipur was on a nice highway, or tollway, and thankfully relatively free of cows. I think this was the only time I actually saw a dead cow, there’s really not much chance of avoiding them at 100km an hour and it would make a bit of a mess if you hit one.

Tents, Home, Agra

Tents, Home, Agra

We drove through Jaipur to get to the rural village of Tordi Gah. The countryside on the drive here looked a lot like Kenya/Tanzania, unending desert like plains, with the odd hill rising out of the dust. The land wasn’t as sparse though, with a reasonable cover of low grass tufts and trees, whose branches were covered in thorns. Shepherds, or stockmen, sometimes just young boys, would take their sheep, goats or cows out to find feed.

Goats in the village, Tordi Gah

Goats in the village, Tordi Gah

As the bus struggled down the narrowing dirt roads, we guessed we were getting closer. The fort ruins on top of the hill signalled we were close to the village of Tordi, which has a population of about 1500.
At Tordi we checked in to the guest house there, and went on a drive through the village. We went to a step well, where no matter how deep or shallow the water is, you can take the steps down to the water level. The well isn’t used anymore and the water that was in it was stagnant. Makes you wonder how the water was kept fresh when it was a working well.

The steps at the well, Tordi Gah

The steps at the well, Tordi Gah

After that we went to a dam, which seemingly appeared out of nowhere – it was just not where you’d expect to see a dam and it looked like it had been a long time since it had been anywhere near full.

The other direction - not a lot of water

The other direction – not a lot of water

Here you could also walk down the side of the wall with wide steps taking you to the bottom. We had a good view of the sunset from here and were happy to sit there and watch it. But, there was a better place to watch it we were told, so we headed to the sand dune area and climbed the sand dune to watch the sun go down. The sand was nice beach sand, just thousands of miles away from a beach! The sand dune did indeed provide a great view of the sunset and surrounding area and was worth the walk up there.

Varying colours, sunset, Tordi Gah

Varying colours, sunset, Tordi Gah

We finished the night with a meal on the rooftop overlooking the village. Our hosts for the night pumped up the music for a while, which must have really annoyed the whole area, because it was otherwise so quiet. I found it interesting that the dances they did were meant to tell a story – to be perfectly honest I couldn’t pick the story from the dance, it didn’t line up at all!

Blue lights in our room, Tordi Gah

Blue lights in our room, Tordi Gah

The place we stayed in was a 300 year old property, one that the ruler of the local area used to live in. It had been well converted, air con, fans, bathrooms and it was better than some of the other places. The accommodation provided income for 30 families in the village.


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